RDTN Project Wants to Arm Japan with Geiger CountersApril 19, 2011 by: Susanjq
One of the worst factors of the Fukushima crisis is clarity of information—and the distinct lack of it since the quake first hit. The people behind RDTN say to hell with the government and TEPCO—let citizens report radiation.
The idea has yet to crack from its Kickstarter egg ($9,700 out of $33,000), but its ambitions are pretty huge. The RDTN (radiation!) team wants to distribute 600 geiger counters to ordinary citizens to fill in the pretty massive data holes about how much radiation has made its way across Japan. How ordinary? RDTN says:
That’s probably you! The data from the counters would then be shared on the radiation data-aggregating RDTN.org, where it could be used by scientists, journalists—anyone, really. But at a time when trust in the government and private institutions is at something of a nuclear nadir, an alternate source of empirical insight can only be a good thing—let’s hope they hit 33 grand.