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InSTEDD applies Web 2.0 to help save lives

The Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disaster (InSTEDD) project launches this week with a goal of using Internet-based technologies to identify and warn people of disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, and epidemics like Avian flu."Our ultimate goal is a better global immune system.
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The Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disaster (InSTEDD) project launches this week with a goal of using Internet-based technologies to identify and warn people of disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, and epidemics like Avian flu.

"Our ultimate goal is a better global immune system. We know we alone can't truly stop diseases, war, poverty, or climate change, but we think we can help humanity to learn about threats faster, and so respond quicker, and so soften the impact," the Web site states. Google.org funded the non-profit with $5 million and the Rockefeller Foundation added another million. Venture capital legend and Google investor John Doerr also added to the pot.

Following are technologies that will be utilized:

Twitter and Facebook will also be part of the toolkit. Twitter will be used as worldwide SMS gateway.

See also: Twitter, Facebook called on for higher purpose

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