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Adele Peters

2 November 2018

United States

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Easy-to-use web apps provide information about candidates and referendums, gathering information all in one place for voters. BallotReady and We Vote are two such tools.

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Molly Fosco

18 October 2018

United Kingdom

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The Do Not Pay app is helping people take the law into their own hands. The app offers free legal counsel to users and “has helped fight $16 million in parking tickets in the U.K. and U.S.” In addition, people who use...

Wall Street Journal

Ellen Byron

28 July 2018

United States

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Nissan and GM plan to make warning systems standard in many of their vehicles that alert drivers there are occupants in the back seat to address the persistent issue of children dying in hot cars. Other new products, ...

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Doreen Aijambo

16 July 2018

Somaliland

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Similar to other countries in Africa, Somaliland is using technology to better education. There, an estimated 150,000 parents use a free-mobile messaging tool to communicate about school conditions with the government...

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Eben Bein

13 July 2018

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Shave The Peak is an online tool that helps people cut their emissions use by informing them of peak energy times during the hottest days in the summer. The tool started as a mass email and a text sent out to 100 envi...

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Theo Douglas

1 July 2018

Iowa, United States

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Iowans will soon store their drivers’ licenses on their smartphones rather than in their wallets. The state is moving forward after a pilot project demonstrated the promise of going digital. Several more states are co...

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Odette Chalaby

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22 January 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A new ordinance in Chicago requires hotels to give panic buttons to employees working in rooms alone. 58 percent of the city’s hotel workers report having experienced flashing, groping, and other forms of sexual haras...

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Odette Chalaby

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8 November 2017

Australia

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Currently poverty is assessed on a household basis, however individuals within the same house can experience poverty differently. The Individual Deprivation Measure will be the first gender-sensitive tool that will be...

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Danielle Fox

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A hackathon in Philadelphia brought together a diverse group of people, including formerly incarcerated individuals, to discuss the complex issue of reentry and come up with tech-based ways to help. The collaboration ...

Public Radio International

Monica Campbell

2 October 2017

San Jose, California, United States

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Volunteers, hotlines, community supporting families, these are the basic principles of rapid response networks. A rapid response network is a community led, volunteer response to immigration crackdowns that is being r...

Pacific Standard

Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

15 September 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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Hurricanes Irma and Harvey showed the power of social media to share real-time alerts and information as well as get resources to people more quickly when official channels like crisis hotlines are clogged. Officials ...

The New York Times

Winnie Hu

28 August 2017

New York, United States

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Bike share programs have helped decrease pollution and traffic in urban areas. However dockless city bike programs are now threatening bike docking stations because they are cheaper and more accessible. Dockless bike ...

NPR

Chhavi Sachdev

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25 August 2017

Bangalore, India

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Bangalore's police department had an image problem and their successes weren't reaching the public. Crowd Kart Media took over their social media making memes, popular shows, and humor in order to help the department'...

CityLab

Krutika Pathi

14 June 2017

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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For urban residents, participation in city-planning often means navigating complex administrative bureaucracy and struggling through a lack of transparency, but in New York City, efforts are being made to engage citiz...

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Johnny Magdaleno

22 May 2017

United States

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Cities are often alone in trying to develop solutions to their problems. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago developed an app- "The Peer Cities Identification Tool"- that matches cities across the USA with those simil...

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Sahar Zand

9 May 2017

Guayubín, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

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Jason Friesen, an American paramedic who had served in Haiti after the earthquake, realized that many poor communities in the Caribbean were lacking the equivalent of the United States’ 911 emergency medical services,...

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Nithin Coca

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4 May 2017

Jakarta, Indonesia

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Indonesia has a quickly growing digital market, yet there is a large proportion of the population that does not have digital access and those who do have access are all buying from businesses outside the country. Kope...

BBC

Mukul Devichand

Nick Holland

18 April 2017

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Around the world, more and more people are launching projects through mobile apps that use smartphones to collect massive amounts of data for solving chronic issues. By asking thousands of volunteers to donate their d...

African Business Magazine

Harriet Constable

5 January 2017

Nairobi, Kenya

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Though the big players in the sharing economy like Uber and Airbnb are eyeing growing middle class markets like that of Kenya, the concept of shared access to goods and services is nothing new for Kenyan communities. ...

The Guardian

Priyanka Borpujari

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12 December 2016

India

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Sexual violence is a huge problem in India. The mobile apps and online maps created in response aren’t helping. Why? The tools are unreliable, not integrated with government services, and don’t address the cultural dy...

Columbia Daily Spectator

Rahil Kamath

14 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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To address the food insecurity problem among its low-income students, Columbia University launched Swipes, a meal sharing app in which students with a surplus of “meal swipes” could donate them to students in need. Bu...

The New Yorker

Ben Taub

27 June 2016

Aleppo, Syria

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In Syria, medical personnel are at risk of death as hospitals are frequent targets of bombing. With few medical specialists treating an assortment of injuries and diseases under the most dangerous circumstances, docto...

The Post Crescent

Rory Linnane

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17 March 2016

Kaukana, Wisconsin, United States

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Rural Wisconsin has a shortage of counselors offering support for youth. Supported by private grants and public funds, Wisconsin has initiated a Hopeline—offering counseling through online texting to youth. The youth ...

The Post Crescent

Katherine Lymn

17 March 2016

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

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After shortages of mental health options for kids and untold grief, counties in Wisconsin have responded with new kinds of support for at-risk youth. Wisconsin communities have increased access with reduced wait time,...

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Martha Lane Fox

13 March 2016

Kampala, Uganda

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Barefoot Law was founded to keep Ugandans educated about their legal rights. The group of lawyers provides legal help to 300,000 people each month, heavily supported by volunteers. As a non-profit social enterprise, t...

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