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Examples of technology being used for social good, with a particular empahsis on social media, communications and tech that helps empower disadvantaged, marginalised or oppressed communities
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How entrepreneurs and aid groups are helping refugees with digital tools

How entrepreneurs and aid groups are helping refugees with digital tools | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
Smartphones are many refugees' most important possessions. As a result, entrepreneurs and aid groups are creating digital tools to help their journeys.
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This piece shows how vital communication is to aiding the wellbeing of refugees, and provides a range of examples of how entrepreneurs and aid groups are developing digital solutions - such as www.refugeeinfo.eu and a human-wifi initiative, run by a group from Croatia

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Bangladeshi bloggers, Syrian refugee, Mexican activists honored at The Bobs

Bangladeshi bloggers, Syrian refugee, Mexican activists honored at The Bobs | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
A Syrian refugee boy running for his life, Mexican hippie-hackers protecting privacy and Bangladeshi bloggers risking their lives to fight religious fundamentalism. Those were the winners of DW’s annual The Bobs awards.

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A timely reminder that for many people, use of social media and blogging is an act of bravery, facing real challenges as they champion causes and strive to open up dialogue 

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WITTY (What's Important To You?) Create your own personalised map of what is important in your life to help promote well-being | IRISS - The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

WITTY (What's Important To You?) Create your own personalised map of what is important in your life to help promote well-being | IRISS - The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
RT @husITaOrg: WITTY (What's Important To You?) A free positive asset mapping app from @irissorg http://t.co/5BkpsFfBOQ

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Recently had the chance to try out this app on an ipad and hear about its use with clients, helpng promote wellbeing through identification of personal assets

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Alternative infrastructures for peace

Alternative infrastructures for peace | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
[This blogpost was originally published in Insight on Conflict.] This week, the Coalition Centre for Thai Violence Watch (CCTVW) is busy aggregating reports sent in from the streets of Bangkok to c...
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Around the world, digital communication technologies and new kinds of dialogue are increasingly being used to support peace-building and violence-reduction efforts. This piece from Helena Puig Larrauri provides a great overview of such programmes, citing initiatives in Thailand, Cyprus, Kenya and in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

 

There's perhaps a case for the mainstream media giving more attention to these kinds of efforts, amid their wall-to-wall coverage of global conflict. 

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i.am.angel Foundation: i.am FIRST Robotics Program Launched in Boyle Heights

i.am.angel Foundation: i.am FIRST Robotics Program Launched in Boyle Heights | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it

The i.am.angel Foundation is proud to launch the first-ever competitive robotics team in Boyle Heights at Roosevelt High School. Robotics is one of the best embodiments of STEAM. It's about hands-on, project-based learning, and it combines engineering with coding and design. Robotics is like a varsity sport for the mind!

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Musician and entreprenneur will.i.am's i.am.angel foundation is backing young people from Boyle Heights neighbourhood of East LA to engage in this robotics initiative, one of a range of initiatives looking to work with disadvantaged young peope to enhance their skills, opportunities and confidence

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YeAH! (Youth e-aid on HIV Testing and Counselling) - UNICEF Innovation

YeAH! (Youth e-aid on HIV Testing and Counselling) - UNICEF Innovation | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
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This UNICEF project is exploring the potential of an app based mobile application to increase young people's uptake of HIV testing and counselling in Namibia

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Project Daniel: a 3D printed $100 prosthesis

Project Daniel: a 3D printed $100 prosthesis | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
A prosthetic arm that can be produced in around six hours with a 3D printer. In short, that is what 'Project Daniel' comprises, of the American Not Impossible Labs. It was created for Daniel Omar, a Sudanese 14-year-old who had his hands blown off by a bomb dropped by the Sudanese government in an attack on rebel forces.
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50,000 amputees in South Sudan represents a daunting humanitarian challenge. Will be fascinating to see whether innovative approaches like Project Daniel - using 3D printer technology - can make a real impact to problems of this kind

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Digital Green

Digital Green | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
Digital Green is a knowledge platform to amplify development around the world. Watch, Learn, Share.
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Technology optimised for for limited bandwidth environments allows Digital Green to support development, with a particular focus on use of film to support agricultural and allied practices

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Bridging the Digital Divide: Mobile and Social Media

Bridging the Digital Divide: Mobile and Social Media | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
Technology experts and activists have for years attempted to bridge the gap between those with access to technology and those without... today, the mobile phone has emerged as a powerful tool for social engagement.
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A great round up of the diverse initiatives that are emerging aroud the world, aimed at enabling participation for traditionally marginalised groups. Initiatives like Ushahidi and CGNet-Swara show that digital technology can be adapted to situations, resources and constraints that communities have - e.g. low literacy levels, poor access to broadband and PCs. It's also increasingly evident that the technology innovation being undertaken in developing countries has much to teach the developed world - especially in refusing to accept the digital divide as a given

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Big Issue Invest: The Tech for Good Challenge

Big Issue Invest: The Tech for Good Challenge | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
Britain’s bright young things have been given £50,000 to grow their businesses, in a Big Issue Invest-backed technology challenge…
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Good to see this 'Big Issue Invest' backing for young entreprenneurs who are looking to harness technology in so many imaginative, socially useful ways

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Technological Innovations in Mental Healthcare 2013

Technological Innovations in Mental Healthcare 2013 | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it

MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative is a national centre focused on the development of new technology for mental healthcare. MindTech brings together patients, healthcare professionals, researchers and industry to identify unmet clinical needs and develop and test a range of new technologies.


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There's a significant amount of technology innovation happening in the field of mental health

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Allison Hermann, PhD's curator insight, January 8, 2014 11:57 PM

Here are videos of presentations from the "Technological Innovations in Mental Healthcare 2013" program launch which was held at the Institute of Mental Health at University of Nottingham in November.

 

It's interesting to compare the research from this meeting to the behavioral mHealth apps session at the 2013 mHealth Summit in December:

 

http://www.mobilehealthsense.org/index.php/93-mobile-healthcare-mhealth-apps/89112-how-innovation-in-mobile-health-is-reshaping-mental-health

Jose Luis Perez's curator insight, January 11, 2014 3:31 AM

Una manera de reducir costes en tratamientos de salud mental y hacerlos más accesibles a gente con menos recursos.

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Mapping the Social City: Introducing the Atlas of Social Maps | Social Life

Mapping the Social City: Introducing the Atlas of Social Maps | Social Life | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
Mapping the Social City: Introducing the Atlas of Social Maps
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This Atlas of Social Maps brings together a live database of over 50 kinds of social maps from around the world, spanning 5 categories - activism, conviviality, networks, everyday living and urban planning.  Collectively they demonstrate the power of open mapping techniques to achieve a wide range of social good - like the Map Kibera project in urban Kenya.

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Labor Link: Voice to the Global Workforce

Labor Link: Voice to the Global Workforce | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
Labor Link is the first platform to leverage the disruptive power of mobile to give voice to the global workforce and deliver real-time data to companies like Cisco and Patagonia to align sourcing pra
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Labor Link represents an example of empowerment through use of mobile technology, with lower literacy levels not removing the ability of workers to voice their concerns about working conditions and learn about their rights

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Hacking for a better tomorrow - Knight Foundation

Hacking for a better tomorrow - Knight Foundation | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
"Civic hacking is the result of ingenuity, minimum resources and maximum brainpower" @rachelkeas at #hackforchange #redding. in 23 days. Jason Hibbets@jhibbets. Rise and shine CityCampers, it's time for National Day of ...

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Having helped kick off a recent Health themed hackathon event in Glasgow, run by the Future City Demonstrator Project, the concept of civic hacks seems well worth pursuing as one means of generating engagement and new ideas to solve social challenges 

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Citizen Sensors Make India's Complicated Water System A Little Easier To Navigate

Citizen Sensors Make India's Complicated Water System A Little Easier To Navigate | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
With the help of simple mobile phone technology, a nonprofit called NextDrop is improving access to water for poor families.
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Great use of technology to address a major health and social issue which many of us take for granted - access to water

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Three mHealth Innovations Changing Health Care Delivery

Three mHealth Innovations Changing Health Care Delivery | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
Mobile phones are more than just communications devices; they are also powerful tools to improve health care. Here are the three key mobile innovations changing the delivery of health care services that we’ll cover in our next course, which starts on November 18th.
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A growing range of initiatives are utilising mobiles as a support to crucial health-related activities, such as boosting care for pregnant mothers, supporting community health workers, and building civic engagement

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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Kenyan architect David Kuria goes a long way in solving sanitation issues in slums

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Kenyan architect David Kuria goes a long way in solving sanitation issues in slums | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it

Ecotact has been recognised globally for its efforts in solving one of the biggest problems facing urban dwellers. The social enterprise operates 70 toilets malls across the country employing 200 people in jobs ranging from cleaners to cashiers and security officers. The toilet malls also serve as retail outlets selling airtime, snacks and shoe shining services, as well as offering mobile money transfer services.


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Solving toilet problems for urban dwellers is a pressing challenge - this design initiative from entreprenneur David Kuria looks to have real promise, with multiple spin-off benefits

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Spotlight on health and social media across the world

Spotlight on health and social media across the world | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it

Wanda Phelloner from Zambia was six years old when she got a high fever. "I had malaria," she told a health organization worker later. "I had to go to the clinic, I needed some medical attention. But unfortunately, the medicine was not there."

 

Phelloner did get better, but her case points to how in many African countries, well-researched and curable diseases like Malaria frequently go untreated. Even though there is medication to treat malaria, it's often not available to those who need it, because local pharmacies or healthcare facilities have run out.

 

That's where African non-governmental organizations came in. Using online tools, in 2009 the groups started a campaign to prevent people from suffering negative effects when especially important medications from running out - a phenomenon also known as a "stockout."

 

Crowdmapping against stockouts

Within only five days, the campaign had identified more than 250 stockouts in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia.

Volunteers ask about the supply of medicines on-site, and then send answers via text message to administrators of the stopstockouts.org platform. The sites are mapped out to indicate to Internet users what is available where.


stopstockouts.org provides a real time visualization of where medications are in stock - and where they have run out

"Before that, the government had only said there were no stockouts," said Daudi Were at the fifth annual World Health Summit, held in Berlin October 20-22. Were works for the company Ushahidi in Nairobi, and helped develop the software that stopstockouts.org is based on.

"But now they are presented with evidence, so it started becoming a conversation of where in the process is the problem." Be it budget, procurement, delivery, supply - "the NGOs are now talking with the government from a more informed position," Were said, "so it changed the nature of the conversation."

 

Crowdmapping is based on the possibilities of organizing information shared by the public. It's especially important in the health field, Were said: "If there's an epidemic, the people in the middle may not have the full picture. But if you aggregate all that information at a national level, it allows the government to have a clearer picture of what's going on in that region."

 

Wisdom of many

After the earthquake on Haiti in 2010, a platform based on Ushahidi's model showed what kind of help was needed, and where. It gathered more than 40,000 individual messages from those in need, as well as from those helping.

 

And after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, the crowdmapping site sinsai.info provided information about radioactivity in the region. Even government agencies and embassies directed people to the website.

 

Joseph Tucker, a professor and infectious disease specialist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, believes in the wisdom of the masses. In Guangzhou, southern China, he runs a platform oriented toward homosexual men, to educate them about sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.

 

Although homosexual men in China are at high risk for HIV and syphilis, they don't get tested routinely. "In order to reach these high-risk populations, we need ways that are acceptable to them, like social media," Tucker told DW.


Polio vaccination in Nigeria

"Social media can be a powerful force to get an idea about their preferences for where and how they would like to be tested, and social media can help us to optimize our public health strategies," Tucker said.

But the Internet can also be used to spread disinformation. Heidi Larson, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explained how in 2003, an official boycott of the polio vaccine in five states of northern Nigeria led to a resurgence of the disease.

Like actual viruses, disinformation can also now be replicated at a logarithmic scale, or go viral. "The kind of rumor networks that used to stay local are now global," Larson said.

 

Tool to develop targeted strategies


After the United Nations suspended its support of the polio vaccination program in Pakistan last year following attacks against health workers, Larson's institute developed a program that analyzes content on vaccinations in blogs, forums and social networks worldwide. The goal is to find out more about why people have reservations against certain public health measures.

 

This helps with, for example, figuring out if religion should be taken into consideration as a major factor in planning for a particular region, or if information on alternative treatment methods should be promoted.

Social media is merely a tool - like medicine, Were said: "You can use it for good, or for bad. You have to deploy it properly."


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Highlights the potential of crowdmapping platforms and approaches, like Stopstockouts and Ushahidi, plus raises cautionary note about potential negative uses of social media in healthcare contexts

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People’s Voice Media | Ensuring voices are heard

People’s Voice Media | Ensuring voices are heard | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
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People's Voice Media are part of a growing movement aimed at empowering people to have the skills and confidence to express themselves about the issues that matter in their lives, rather than only being passive subjects of others' commentating.  Part of an international movement, they focus on providing skills training - including social media technologies - and access to wider networks to share news.

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New app now in handy pocket format to help ex-drug and alcohol abusers (Norway)

Ex-drug and alcohol abusers who have completed their treatment need a simple support system and daily motivation. Now they are getting both - in a handy pocket format.

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Sounds very useful - would be interested to hear more about how this is used in practice

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Anyone had a look at this yet?

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Investigating Tech for Social Cohesion in Tunisia | Reboot

Investigating Tech for Social Cohesion in Tunisia | Reboot | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
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Fascinating piece of work by Reboot, investigating the role and potential of technolgy in building up the elements of civic society in Tunisia

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Medic Mobile | Right tools. Real impact.

Medic Mobile | Right tools. Real impact. | Tech for Social Good | Scoop.it
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Medic Mobile, formerly FrontlineSMS, creates and uses tools based around mobile phone technology to improve health in communities where access to healthcare is often very limited. Much of their work is aimed at supporting community health workers as the frontline of care for millions of people.

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