Refugees United, The Social Network That's More Important Than Facebook, Goes Mobile

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Refugees United, The Social Network That's More Important Than Facebook, Goes Mobile

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One public-private partnership at CGI helps refugees find family members through use of moblie phones.
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 8:21am

Plenty of people use the power of the internet to trace and reconnect with old friends. Two brothers from Denmark, however, are working to harness that power for a greater social good. Christopher and David Mikkelsen founded Refugees United, an NGO that uses secure web and mobile technology to enable refugees to find loved ones throughout the world.

At the Clinton Global Initiative, Refugees United joined with Ericsson, the UN High Commission for Refugees, Ugandan mobile operator MTN, and Delta Partners to announce a commitment to expand the Refugees United platform to mobile phones. The existing web-based system allows refugees to create and search profiles in order to find loved ones by name or identifying characteristics. By expanding the program from web-based to mobile phones, the organizers hope to reach people in areas with poor computer access and training. Now, people can utilize the Refugees United system over simple SMS or WAP-enabled phones.

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