Faculty Advisor

Robertson, Thomas B.

Abstract

This project’s goal was to assess communication technologies and information networks before and after Nepal's 2015 earthquakes and examine how rural social barriers affected the dissemination of relief information. We found that caste based discrimination towards Dalits in rural Nepal was exacerbated by poor emergency telecommunications. Existing discriminatory practices persisted within survivors and relief workers and the government’s unpreparedness for disaster hindered relief information. We suggested better educating Dalits and relief workers and reducing false reports in the media.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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