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Pioneers Post

Laura Joffre

4 January 2021

Kenya

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, “almost half of schoolchildren, or a total of 121 million pupils, are unable to access remote learning,” according to a 2020 UNICEF report, an even bigger problem during a pandemic when students...

BBC

Elizaveta Vereykina

1 January 2021

Moscow, Russia

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An initiative on the Moscow metro system has posters on the train featuring cats and dogs that are looking for a home. Known as the “Tails and Paws” train, these animals come from 13 animal shelters in the city and ri...

FastCompany

Talib Visram

9 November 2020

Utah, United States

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2020 was the first presidential election where a limited group voted using a smartphone app created by Voatz, expanding access to people with disabilities, those in Covid-19 quarantine, and people out of state due to ...

WCSH-TV

Vivien Leigh

6 November 2020

Portland, Maine, United States

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A free mobile app, Safe House, gives victims of domestic abuse a simple and quick way to call for help and find needed resources in four states. Putting local crisis helplines, shelters, and other local resources in o...

Bloomberg

Isabelle Lee

28 October 2020

Philippines

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In the Philippines, more than half of households have limited access to the internet, making remote teaching challenging. Schools, teachers, and the government have found creative ways to reach students. Some teachers...

CityLab

Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

29 September 2020

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime-tracking mobile apps give millions of Brazilians crowdsourced data on urban violence, alerting people to dangerous places and filling gaps in government data on shootings, robberies, and other risks. But apps su...

Are We Europe

Monica Pelliccia

Elena Ledda

25 September 2020

France

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A mobile app called App-Elles was used 5,400 times during the early months of the pandemic by either the victims of domestic violence or witnesses and helpers trying to connect the victims to assistance. Created by Fr...

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Nick Fouriezos

5 September 2020

United Kingdom

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Logically is an app that fact-checks news in real time using artificial intelligence and 30 employees. They review more than 500,000 articles a day. In 2019, the app found 12-14% of articles about the U.K. and Indian ...

BBC

Ruth Evans

4 August 2020

England

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Prison Voicemail is a smartphone app that lets incarcerated people in the UK stay connected to their families, improving their mental outlook while imprisoned and their chances of success once they're released. The fe...

VentureBeat

Chris O'Brien

11 June 2020

Estonia

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Estonia’s i-Voting system is currently used by 46.7% of voters and allows them to vote from home using a government-issued smart card. To vote, residents need a computer with a card reader or can have their encrypted ...

Teen Vogue

Vikki Law

13 May 2020

New York, United States

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The Photo Patch Foundation helps connect children with parents who are experiencing incarceration. Using its website or mobile app, children can write letters and upload photos, which will then be printed and mailed b...

CNET

Alfred Ng

17 March 2020

United States

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Many are looking to in-person voting alternatives already used on smaller scales to address the challenges of holding an election during the Covid-19 pandemic. Online or mobile app voting is allowed on a limited basis...

Voice of America (VOA)

William Gallo

12 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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South Korea has taken a softer approach to preventing and containing the coronavirus, in large part because they’ve prioritized accessible testing and have an already-existing strong and affordable healthcare system. ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Katherine Rapin

11 March 2020

Texas, United States

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Register2Vote (R2V) identified unregistered voters in Texas and built a platform for them to fill out the form online, which R2V printed and mailed to them with a stamped envelope addressed to their county’s registrar...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

19 December 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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After deducing that preeclampsia was "the number one cause of maternal hospital readmissions and maternal mortality," doctors at Penn Medical began sending new mothers home with a blood pressure cuff and then texting ...

CNN

Sophie Jeong

21 October 2019

Cheonan, South Korea

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For those struggling with smartphone addiction, detox and counseling can prove beneficial. In South Korea, the government’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, alongside partners like the National Center for Youth...

Yes! Magazine

Megan Wildhood

21 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Crowdsourcing data allows developers to help those with limited mobility find accessible routes. The AccessMap Seattle project, in collaboration with the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the University of Wa...

NPR

Monica Gokey

9 May 2019

Salmon, Idaho, United States

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Visitors to the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho can now access the wealth of information in a guidebook with the convenience of a smartphone app. The app, which contains valuable information on history, visito...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

17 April 2019

Illinois, United States

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High tech tools offer low cost ways to reach many voters and mobilize turnout, especially in mid term elections. From applications that allow campaigns to deliver personal text messages to hundreds of people at once, ...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

17 April 2019

Denmark

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Using the camera of a smartphone, individuals who are blind or visually impaired can receive quick and easy help from volunteers. The Danish company, Be My Eyes uses a smartphone application to connect those who are b...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

11 April 2019

Colorado, United States

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What started as a telephone tip line, Colorado’s anonymous tip program, Safe2Tell has now become an app that is publicly funded and part of the Attorney General’s office. The program gives students a way to report pot...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

5 March 2019

Canada

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Experiencing the death of a parent is oftentimes extremely traumatic, but an app created by a woman who personally experienced this type of loss, aims to bring some sense of help and closure for family members. Implem...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

28 November 2018

Nigeria

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In a nation that traditionally does not believe or address that adolescents have sex despite overwhelming data, Nigerian web- and mobile-based platforms are expanding access to quality sexual education for youth. Educ...

FastCompany

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...

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