Local | I’m Alive – mobile technology on life and death

By on July 6, 2016

That you every day use your Smartphone to do errands, communicate with friends or simply for your own enjoyment is hardly news. But for people who find themselves on the run from a unsafe existence in their home countries can a Smartphone mean so much more.

Apps like Facebook and Skype have become self-evident part of our everyday life, but for people on the run, they have become a lifeline. We were staying in the same places and moving in the same digital environment, but our objectives are very different. On the beach where you update your Instagram friends about your new tan, sending other people in vulnerable positions selfies to inform their relatives that they are still alive.

Perhaps we ask ourselves how we could manage without our GPS capability in the dense city traffic, or to measure the last jog? However, the same function is also used by refugees to find the safest route over the sea of death. For the fact is that a functioning mobile phone can mean the difference between living or dying. They are essential tools to plan the escape, find the way, do translations, communicate with family members; and to escape the escape for a while.
On October 12, 2016 Technical Museum opens the exhibition I’m Alive – mobile technology to the death. Newcomers have shared their stories of what smartphones and mobile internet has meant to them during their escape. The exhibition also draws attention to innovative initiatives that helped refugees and where mobile technologies have often been substantial.

The project was conducted in cooperation with among others Sweden for the UNHCR, the Better Shelter, Refugees Welcome Stockholm and Villa Victoria.

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