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Some people are saying there might be a silver lining to this . One way or another, it is going to help modernize Haiti. Of course, that will bring with it all the challenges we face in more technologically developed nations. Will the costs be worth it?

Now that we have the ability to send images instantaneously around the world, news of a disaster spreads rapidly, and people with no immediate connection to those affected become compassionate and curious

On the one hand, technological innovation has enabled unprecedented fundraising efforts. The opportunity to donate by texting a brief message to a special number caught on and spread virally through social networking sites. Millions of dollars were raised for Haiti relief in the first days. And public awareness of Haiti's plight (both because of the earthquake and due to its historic struggles with poverty) has never been higher.

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