• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

Mobile app helps Afghans navigate Kabul – FBC News


When the Taliban entered Kabul last month, the team behind the participatory news alert app Ehtesab deserted their office in the city.

But they continued their work of providing Afghans with crucial information, such as congested roads and places where outbreaks of violence had been reported.

Days later, when two suicide bombings killed more than 70 people near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport as people frantically tried to evacuate, the startup used its contacts on the ground to confirm the two attacks in a matter of minutes. minutes.

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Ehtesab was established three years ago to provide alerts and real-time information on incidents in Kabul.

The goal at the time was to keep residents engaged, close communication gaps between citizens and officials, and hold officials to account. Like Citizen, an app in the United States known for real-time crime alerts, Ehtesab invites residents to report incidents citywide, including everything from faulty telecommunications to planned protests.

These reports are then verified by Ehtesab’s team of security experts.

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