Tech for Good 10: AbilityNet Tech 4 Good winners, the new accelerator for tech startups empowering women, two quite bizarre developments and more

18th July 2017 Posted by: Sam Firman

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 links, meeting the people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing the greatest tech for good products, looking at the future of social change technology, and exploring the themes and social issues that technology is tackling locally and globally.


Most importantly, we’ll be meeting the people and institutions who are actually using this technology, showing the positive difference it makes in their lives, their communities and the world around them.


We’re also encouraging debate around “What exactly is Tech For Good?” Join the debate in the comments below. We’re here to discuss all things Tech For Good. Got a link to share with the Tech For Good Team? Tweet us at  @techfotgoodtv  or leave a comment on our Facebook page.


Tech For Good Ten | 18.07.2017



1//  AbilityNet Tech 4 Good winners announced

This week saw the AbilityNet Tech 4 Good Awards ceremony take place at the BT Centre in London. Projects and people spanning digital health, civic tech, farm tech, ed tech and more landed the prestigious awards across ten categories. Head over the AbilityNet site to read more about the worthy winners.


2//  F>>Lane: the tech accelerator empowering women

F>>LANE is a new accelerator programme designed to support ventures that use technology to empower women worldwide. Based in Berlin and funded by the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications, the six-week programme features a €12,000 living stipend, funding access, a tailored curriculum, access to the Impact Hub ecosystem, mentoring and access to prospective corporate partners.


3// Government announces mandatory age checks for online pornography

The British government has announced that compulsory age checks for online pornography will be introduced in April 2018. The move, which could be enforced by enforced credit card checks, is part of the Digital Economy Act, which also includes legislation such as a new law punishing the use of bots to bulk buy concert tickets. Critics argue the measure could jeopardise online privacy.


4//  Y Combinatory spearheading Silicon Valley sexual-harassment blacklist

Y Combinator is spearheading the development of a new app that, in practice, blacklists investors reportedly guilty of sexual harassment. The company emailed 3,500 entrepreneurs encouraging them to report harassment.


5//  UNLEASH: crowdsourcing solutions from the young generation

UNLEASH is a new project that will gather 1,000 young people in Copenhagen to tackle issues in areas ranging from sustainability to ICT. The promising ideas to emerge from the scheme will be given access to resources, including finance, mentors, investors and strategic business assistance.


6//  Civic Tech Fest Taipei programme announced

The programme for September’s Civic Tech Fest in Taipei - a spin-out from this year’s Civic Tech conference, organised by My Society - has been announced. The festival is being billed as Asia’s first week-long technology festival. It looks incredible, so we urge you to share the programme with anybody near Taiwan in September.


7//  Researchers use data to develop activity-inequality metric

Researchers at Stanford University have used the largest dataset ever employed in a human-movement study to track physical movement in over 100 countries. Using smartphone data, and cross-referencing their findings with other metrics, the researchers calculated activity inequality by country - an important measure, given an estimated 5 million people die each year from causes associated with inactivity.


8// The Generation Games: connecting the old and young

The Generation Games is a free 31 day programme of short, creative challenges - delivered by email - designed for younger and older people to pair and play together. Each day in August, an email will arrive with instructions for a 1o-15 minute challenge designed to help better connect different generations. You can sign up here.


9//  Researchers create fake video of Obama speaking

Artificial intelligence software has been used to create fake videos of Barack Obama speaking. This may seem trivial. However, researchers say the technology might be used to create digital models of a person for virtual or augmented reality, or to improve video conferencing. More sinisterly, it suggests fake videos will soon be possible that put words in people’s mouths.


10// 22,000 people inadvertently sign up for community service

22,000 people this week found themselves legally bound to 1000 hours of community service after failing to check the small print of a contract with Manchester wifi company Purple. The community service includes, but is not limited to, cleaning toilets and relieving sewer blockages. The joke clause was included to raise awareness of the current lack of consumer awareness around what they are agreeing to.


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