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[liberationtech] Help Puerto Rico use tech for social good

Kate Krauss katie at
Sun Apr 8 22:02:07 PDT 2018

Hi Yosem,

Good questions--

Generally speaking, the way to help people in distress is to ask them what
they need (rather than guessing or assuming, which often results in a tool
without a user base and a lot of people who desperately needed something

Asking people what they need can be accomplished by reaching out to people
and groups in Puerto Rico by phone or even on Twitter. Here is a link to
the list of mayors in Puerto Rico with their phone numbers.
Once we know what they need most, we can figure out how to help with

I know there is an effort to install solar panels while they also fix the
antiquated and expensive electrical grid they have.

Here is an app I found that helps individuals calculate how to plan solar
panels for their house. It's in arabic but could be translated into

Step 0 here would be to make sure there is no other useful Spanish app that
does the same thing (I don't speak Spanish so am not right for that task).
Step 1 would be to look around on Twitter and Facebook to see who is
working on solar power, individuals and companies, and contact them to
listen to their needs.
Step 2 (if it still makes sense to do so) Make the Spanish app!

Thanks for getting the ball rolling, Yosem.





On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 7:20 PM, Yosem Companys <ycompanys at> wrote:

> Dear friends and colleagues,
>    - How should the Puerto Rican government use technology to improve
>    quality of life and socioeconomic development, especially in the poorest
>    and most vulnerable communities?
> I would appreciate your emailing me as soon as possible one-sentence
> proposed actions in the format of "Do X with Y to achieve Z." Feel free to
> share links to any case studies or articles that may show their successful
> implementation elsewhere.
> Your proposed actions could apply to any societal sector including and not
> limited to:
>    - Accountability;
>    - Affordable access to Internet, Web, mobile, or mesh, among others;
>    - Agriculture;
>    - Disaster relief;
>    - Economic growth and development;
>    - Education and training, whether primary, secondary, higher
>    education, vocational, or online;
>    - Entrepreneurship;
>    - Environment;
>    - Food;
>    - Health;
>    - Housing that's affordable but can resist storms;
>    - Jobs;
>    - Manufacturing;
>    - Open data;
>    - Open governance;
>    - Pharma/Biotech;
>    - Privacy;
>    - Public safety;
>    - Security, physical or cyber;
>    - Transportation; and,
>    - Water.
> Please share with your closest 1-million friends, post on all your social
> media accounts, or email to all your other lists.
> I truly appreciate your help.
> Thanks,
> Yosem
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