From the Arab Spring to social media check-in features, social media has proved useful in times of disaster and conflict -- and now the FreeCom app is apart of the solution. The free Syrian app helps users stay connected in war-torn areas. Founded by Abdul Rahman, the phone app is capable of transmitting information even without Internet access.
This not only enables vital information to be shared during disasters, this method could also enrich lives in parts of the world where connectivity is sparse. The FreeCom app encrypts data before sending, making it safe to use different channels of communication. According to SpringWise, "his can mean piggy-backing messages through multiple devices acting as mini-transmitters and receivers of lots of different signal types."