Haiti Earthquake: One Year Later (Part 1)

How Inveneo is pushing telecom's recovery

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9 March 2011—A year ago, IEEE Spectrum published articles and blogs about what nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) were doing to restore the telecommunications infrastructure in Haiti, such as it was, after the 12 January 2010 earthquake and the dozens of aftershocks that wreaked havoc on the tiny island nation. At that time, Spectrum got a glimpse into the conditions on the ground there through the eyes of Mark Summer, cofounder and chief innovation officer at Inveneo, a San Francisco–based nonprofit whose mission is to get communications technology to people in developing nations in order to hasten disaster relief, provide economic opportunities, and reduce child mortality.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, Inveneo helped to reestablish communications in the Port-au-Prince area for NGOs responding to the disaster. But a year later, the focus has shifted: Summer and his colleagues realized that there was also a huge need for telecommunications in the rural areas outside Port-au-Prince. While there is cellphone coverage in those areas, broadband Internet access is pretty much nonexistent for most of the roughly 7 million people (out of a total population of 10 million) who live outside of the capital city area.

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 Illustration of the silhouette of a person with upraised arm holding a cellphone in front of the U.S. Capitol building. Superimposed on the head is a green matrix, which represents data points used for facial recognition
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