Free Syrian App Helps People Stay Connected In War And Disaster Areas

Free Syrian App Helps People Stay Connected In War And Disaster Areas
Design

A new program called FreeCom allows online communication to work offline

Jiwon Kim
  • 9 may 2017

Through the whole Syrian refugee crisis, smartphones have been used as a primary source of communication. Refugees use them as their primary means of communication to keep tabs on loved ones and figure out which routes are safe to use. FreeCom is a new kind of technology that allows people to communicate even when there is no internet connection available. It was created primarily for regions that are suffering war or disaster.

Abdul Rahman Alashraf is the founder of FreeCom. He created it after living for years as a Syrian refugee. He used his phone constantly to try to communicate with loved ones, but found himself sometimes waiting for weeks to get one notification from his family go through. Since 55% of the world’s population cannot communicate without the internet or mobile service, FreeCom utilizes different technology to give smart devices the ability to piggyback on multiple channels to send text messages and broadcast news regardless of whether or not there is internet available. The technology allows users to create personal networks and connect to each other’s networks. Plus, the network is secured so no third parties have access to private information.

This kind of technology has the power to assist those in dangerous situation while providing some peace of mind.

FreeCom

Through the whole Syrian refugee crisis, smartphones have been used as a primary source of communication. Refugees use them as their primary means of communication to keep tabs on loved ones and figure out which routes are safe to use. FreeCom is a new kind of technology that allows people to communicate even when there is no internet connection available. It was created primarily for regions that are suffering war or disaster.

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+refugee
+syria
+technology

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