Veterans and volunteers cooperated online to help people escape from Afghanistan through an effort dubbed "Digital Dunkirk." Groups worked from thousands of miles away to accomplish a plethora of tasks to help make evacuation possible.
- Digital Dunkirk is in reference to when British volunteers cooperated to evacuate stranded Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk (northern France) in World War II.
- From thousands of miles away, collaborators leveraged Slack and Signal groups to send information and photos of evacuees to gate guards for verification.
- Silicon Valley software engineers and investors also leveraged regional connections to provide assistance to those trapped in the country.
- One Signal group secured private donations to facilitate chartered buses, planes, and helicopters used for evacuations.