TECH FOR GOOD TEN: Reporting war crimes, shaping a ‘new’ Magna Carta and improving adult literacy

9th June 2015 Posted by: Cat Cochrane

Welcome to the Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past seven days.

We’re aiming to share a wide range of up to date news, meeting the people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing remarkable tech for good prototypes and products, looking at the future of social change technology; all the while exploring the themes and social issues that tech is tackling both locally and globally.

Core to our concept of humanising the reach and benefits of tech for good, we’ll be meeting the citizens and institutions who are using technologies, showing the positive difference it makes in their lives, communities and the world around them.

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Tech For Good Ten: 9th June 2015

1 // EyeWitness app lets smartphones report war crimes
In the hands of campaigners and victims around the world, the new EyeWitness to Atrocities Google Play app will act as an essential video evidence recorder in the combat against human rights violations.

2 // Automotive industry leaders and US roads safety agency launch driver alcohol detection prototype

A consortium of the world’s leading car makers unveil technology which disables cars if drivers attempt to turn the key when over the alcohol limit.

3 // The British Library project marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta by asking young people what a digital age version should cover

3000 10-18 year olds have taken part in a public debate which asks what a 21st century charter might include. Issues around freedom were a hot topic, with the ten most popular clauses being revealed on 15th June.

4 // Former UN money expert directly addressing the basic need for international mobile money transfers

With the click of a smart phone button, in all Western nations, Ismail Ahmed says it's possible for "people to send money like they send text messages.”

5 // Meet the finalists of the Apps for Good Awards 2015

The free educational programme movement announces its UK-based shortlisted apps for social good teams - made up of 12-19 year old students - ahead of its 18th June ceremony in London.

6 // A handy spare account, or something more menacing? ‘Fake’ Facebooking facts revealed

“160,000 Facebook pages are hacked into every day. Hackers can get into your profile, falsify your personal information, then move on to do any number of creepy things, including…”

7 // Bicycle that steers you every which way but wrong with prototype built-in digital sat nav system

3D printed with vibrating handlebars, the SOLID bike is a model of both digital and urban cycling innovation.

8 // London’s police officers to be equipped with video devices as standard by next year

Mayor Boris Johnson announces plans to equip the city’s 20,000 bobbies as “a need to make technology available to more officers in a single city than anywhere else in the world.”

9 // Competition for mobile apps that improve adult literacy launched by innovation engine, Xprize

On the heels of its call out for children’s literacy development, the facilitator of exponential change launches its second learning-related campaign, this time connected to adult learning.

10 // Think you know your world? Test your Geography with this digital global development game

20 questions which stretch your knowledge, not only of the world’s geographical make-up, but in connection to who holds the globe’s power, money and resources. There’s a few 'I didn’t know that’ curve balls to keep you feeling like a every day is a school day.


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