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Innocent Chizaram Ilo

24 October 2020

Nigeria

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Fearful and distrustful of corrupt and abusive police forces, Nigerians by the thousands have downloaded locally developed mobile apps like Sety and Aabo to call friends for help during abductions or other emergencies...

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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...

Oklahoma Watch

Whitney Bryen

Quinton Chandler

4 October 2020

Oklahoma, United States

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Oklahoma mental health and police agencies supply free tablets to police departments, enabling officers summoned to a mental health crisis to connect on the spot with a licensed mental health professional. The telehea...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 September 2020

United States

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Vote Tripling is a get-out-the-vote strategy where volunteers set up outside of polling places, a safer pandemic option, and ask voters to text three friends with a reminder to vote. A randomized trial showed turnout ...

CityLab

Kriston Capps

18 September 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Soon after the federal government imposed a second moratorium on evictions, SixFifty, a tech firm, released Hello Landlord, a mobile app for tenants to generate a legally compliant form letter invoking the law with th...

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Julie Ball

15 September 2020

Brazil

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Rainforest Connection makes a smartphone app that is part of a system using solar-powered phones in the rainforests of Brazil, Sumatra, Costa Rica, and Peru to stream audio of suspected illegal logging. This system, u...

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Kelsey Piper

11 September 2020

Kenya

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Mobile banking in Kenya has increased economic mobility for families living in poverty. The mobile money system is not connected to bank accounts, making it accessible to the overwhelming majority of Kenyans who don't...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

7 August 2020

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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Mental health agencies in North Carolina have partnered with a mobile phone carrier to provide data-enabled smartphones to individuals who lack access to technology during the pandemic. Because this doesn't provide a ...

Wall Street Journal

Dasl Yoon

16 July 2020

South Korea

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In South Korea, the government is using smartphone technology, including various independent apps and text messaging, to implement contact tracing. This has enabled the country's economy to avoid a full shutdown. Earl...

Global Investigative Journalism Network

Carolyn Thompson

11 May 2020

South Sudan

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To tell the stories of victims of forced displacement, property destruction, and occupation in South Sudan, a team of journalists devised a phone survey to gauge the extent of the problem. By surveying hard-to-reach p...

St. Albert Today

April Hudson

27 April 2020

Alberta, Canada

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An Alberta Health Services’ text messaging service called Text4Hope is giving people text messages to help them cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The texts, written by mental health therapists, use cognitive behavioral...

U.S. News & World Report

Sarah Toth Stub

20 April 2020

Jerusalem, Israel

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The use of mobile phone technology can aid in contact tracing and the collection of public health data. In Israel, the government’s use of GPS phone locations to trace cases of COVID-19 raised scrutiny regarding priva...

Government Technology (GovTech)

Ben Miller

14 April 2020

United States

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Significant growth in the availability of text-to-911 technology has meant greater safety for people whose speaking ability or dangerous surroundings prevent them from making voice calls to 911. Various states have us...

North Carolina Health News

Anne Blythe

11 April 2020

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

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The University of North Carolina's healthcare system is utilizing virtual care centers and mobile communications to more efficiently prioritize potential COVID-19 cases and better track people after they've been teste...

Teen Vogue

Joseph Darius Jaafari

8 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Cell phones are being used as a new tool during the coronavirus pandemic to help people who have lost loved ones to process and cope with their grief. Although mobile therapy platforms and online counseling options ha...

WRC-TV

Jackie Bensen

7 April 2020

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Connecting to a priest—by video or telephone—can offer relief to those dying alone. The Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, recently launched Dial-A-Priest, a servic...

The Verge

Kim Lyons

23 March 2020

South Korea

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Governments across the world are using data from cell phones to better track the movement of those under quarantine restrictions during coronavirus. While each country using this containment strategy is implementing i...

PBS NewsHour

Christopher Livesay

Melanie Saltzman

2 February 2020

Beirut, Lebanon

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Training refugees in digital skills provides them with a path toward self sufficiency. A pilot program developed with the UN World Food Program and the American University in Beirut offers computer literacy and Englis...

Lake Oswego Review

Asia Alvarez Zeller

23 January 2020

Oregon, United States

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When students enter many of their classrooms in Oregon, they are asked to place their phone in a pouch, locker, or other container. The strategy is helping students stay focused and break distracting habits and return...

Science Africa

Sharon Atieno

22 January 2020

Nairobi, Kenya

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In partnership with the Kenya Meteorological Department, the Kounkuey Design Initiative is running a project to make weather information timely and accessible to those living in informal urban settlements. Through a t...

Wired

Flavie Halais

2 January 2020

Shanghai, China

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Data-driven transport can improve access and efficiency if properly implemented. In Shanghai, China, users benefit from customized bus routes designed by artificial intelligence software. Other countries, however, hav...

Noozhawk

Giana Magnoli

29 November 2019

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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California’s Santa Barbara Public Defender’s office is working with the company, Upstart, to use a texting notification system to remind people about their court dates. Upstart costs $20K to set up and then $2 per cli...

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Nick Fouriezos

25 November 2019

Napa, California, United States

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From Google's India-focused app Neighbourly to the wellknown Nextdoor app, social media specifically targeted at connecting neighbors is gaining ground. Whether being used to rate neighborhood attractions, encourage b...

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...

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...

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