All disasters are political. They test the government’s capacity. The latter’s inability to respond swiftly and effectively has repercussions on citizens’ perception of governance and statehood.The more digital volunteers engage in crisis mapping, the more they highlight the local capacity and agency of ordinary citizens to create shared awareness and help themselves—with or without the state. In doing so, volunteers build social capital, which facilitates future collective action both on and offline. If government officials are not worried about their own failures in disaster management, they should be. This failure will continue to have political consequences, in China and elsewhere.
One advantage of working with Google is that the crisis map can also be viewed via Google Earth, an excellent example of crowdsourced crisis mapping. Chinese volunteers must crowdsource solutions, the map offers help and turn the crisis map into a local self-help map, i.e., a Match.com for citizen-based humanitarian response. The map can be use as a platform for self-organization and crowdsource response by matching calls for help with corresponding offers of help.
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