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BBC

Ed Butler

22 October 2020

Switzerland

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Contact tracing apps have received a lot of attention since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but researchers caution they should be used in conjunction with other tactics and not be relied on to help on their ow...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Giedrius Vitkauskas

13 October 2020

Lithuania

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Lithuanian officials are launching a contact-tracing app to better trace the path of coronavirus cases and alert people when they have potentially been exposed. Although there have been delays in the roll-out of the a...

Flint Beat

Amy Diaz

15 September 2020

Flint, Michigan, United States

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In the first full month since it was created to take illegal guns off the street, Flint's Special Investigative Unit seized 64 firearms and made dozens of arrests. The unit's predictive policing approach relies on dat...

Nation Africa

Faustine Ngila

25 June 2020

Kenya

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A partnership between Facebook and the Ministry of Health in Kenya has helped connect blood banks with blood donors. The process uses artificial intelligence and geo-location data to notify Facebook users who have sig...

BBC

Laura Bicker

10 May 2020

South Korea

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South Korea has effectively crushed the curve in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by using extensive tracking and tracing on its citizens. Using a combination of GPS tracking, monitoring CCTV footage, and even ...

Good Morning America

T. J. Holmes

24 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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South Korea has reported a reduction of new coronavirus cases thanks in part to rapid government regulations, widespread testing, and increased transparency. While other countries, such as the United States, have made...

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Rebecca Robbins

24 March 2020

California, United States

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Facebook collects data from people that choose to share their location with the app, and have started sharing it with various researchers who are trying to track the spread of the novel coronavirus. They share the dat...

EURACTIV

Andrés Sánchez Braun

16 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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Weeks before the coronavirus outbreak was declared to be a pandemic, Seoul, and other parts of South Korea set into motion a combination of "prevention and mitigation programs" that are now being touted as lessons for...

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...

Wired

Megan Molteni

10 March 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Identifying the metagenomic sequencing for new outbreaks of viruses can help to better assess how the virus is spreading, which in turn helps health officials figure out how to slow down the contagion. In the midst of...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Anastasia Moloney

7 March 2020

Mexico City, Mexico

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The underrepresentation of women in technology and computer science has led to the creation of Geochicas, a group of women who recruit and train female, open source mappers across the world. Open source mapping is a m...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

2 March 2020

Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

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As part of a social work graduate program through Alirajpur Post Graduate College, a group of students are using “citizen science” to share their research that water with elevated levels of fluoride can be dangerous t...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Will Doig

21 February 2020

Indonesia

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A space-based initiative called Global Fishing Watch is using satellite imagery and data to hold companies accountable to their promise of providing sustainable sourced seafood. While the volume of data and cost of ob...

CNN

Paul Adepoju

24 December 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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The My Roots in Africa Project is an initiative of a group called the Most Influential People of African Descent, which seeks to build connection between Africans in Africa and elsewhere around the world through the a...

Mountain Outlaw

Jessianne Castle

Winter 2019

Montana, United States

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Scientists are working with houndsmen and houndswomen to track mountain lions in Montana to understand their behavior and to better estimate their population. By forming this partnership and using GPS collars, the tea...

The New York Times

Amy Zipkin

18 November 2019

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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To enhance air travel, the F.A.A. rolled out a system that enables airplanes to fly closer together using GPS, rather than the traditional radar locators. But residents near these new flight paths have risen up to con...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Anastasia Moloney

14 November 2019

Honduras

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Mobile phone apps allow NGOs to track public health threats. In Honduras, the medical charity, Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) uses GIS technology and mobile phone apps to assist in their efforts against dengue fever ou...

CityLab

David Zipper

13 November 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Though apps that provide a common platform to view various transit, bike, and pedestrian routes have become more popular, they're not the only way to get people out of their cars and onto more sustainable transportati...

Mongabay

Laura Villadiego

12 November 2019

General Santos City, Philippines

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Efforts to reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing also make fishermen safer at sea. Vessel Monitoring Mechanisms (VMM) and electronic catch documentation (eCDT) track the origin of fish headed to ma...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Zak Podmore

24 October 2019

Navajo Nation, Utah, United States

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The Navajo Nation will have the option of having physical addresses with the help of the Rural Utah Project which partnered with Google to implement open-source mapping technology. The technology was successfully impl...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Christine McLaren

17 October 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore has become a leader in maintaining and growing the city’s trees by monitoring their health more closely. Using a new mapping technique, city officials can analyze its current tree canopy and see how it affec...

KMGH-TV

Stephanie Butzer

26 August 2019

Aurora, Colorado, United States

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For individuals wanting to store their guns outside of their homes, they can now find a space using the Colorado Gun Storage Map. The interactive tool was developed in collaboration between the Colorado School of Publ...

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...

Albuquerque Journal

Rick Nathanson

9 August 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Bernalillo County in New Mexico has implemented a new project that maps where needles are being found by community members. The approach not only keeps the streets safer for all, but also allows the county to map dens...

The New York Times

Misha Valencia

30 July 2019

United States

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Using GPS tracking on repeat offenders of domestic violence has shown to decrease repeat instances of such abuse. Of the 23 states that use such devices, those that use them in ankle bracelet form have the ability to ...

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