Sunday January 31, 2016

How mobile communication helps refugees...and smugglers

Stranded migrants charge their phones at the Greek-Macedonian border.

Stranded migrants charge their phones at the Greek-Macedonian border. (REUTERS)

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Researcher Mark Latonero argues that all manner of mobile technologies - from messaging apps to money transfers - help refugees fleeing conflict. They amount to a digital infrastructure comparable to roads and trains in refugees' journeys. Many of these same tools, however, are also used in human trafficking.