What3words: The app that can save your life (BBC)

BBC: What3words: The app that can save your life. “Kicked. Converged. Soccer. These three randomly chosen words saved Jess Tinsley and her friends after they got lost in a forest on a dark, wet night. They had planned a five-mile circular stroll through the 4,900 acre (2,000 hectare) woodland Hamsterley Forest, in County Durham, on Sunday evening, but after three hours they were hopelessly lost.”

India Today: Google Maps ‘plus code’ is allowing Kerala flood victims to share their exact location even without internet

India Today: Google Maps ‘plus code’ is allowing Kerala flood victims to share their exact location even without internet. “In a statement released by Google on Saturday, it was revealed that Kerala flood victims can now use their Android smartphones or tablets to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their whereabouts and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them.”

U of Texas at Austin: NSF Backs Research into Role of Social Media “Calls” for Help during Hurricane Harvey

University of Texas at Austin: NSF Backs Research into Role of Social Media “Calls” for Help during Hurricane Harvey. “During Hurricane Harvey, victims unable to connect with overloaded 911 call systems turned to social media to plead for assistance. In turn, volunteer groups including the ‘Cajun Navy’ used social media to identify those in need of help and to coordinate rescue efforts. To study the role of social media in aiding Hurricane Harvey victims, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication have received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how individuals in need of emergency help use social media. Researchers will also look at how first-responders use social media alongside traditional 911 calls when dispatching help.”