Tech for Good 10: European Social Innovation Competition finalists, the Techfugees Summit, Uber's London license, a Digital Policy Model Canvas and more

26th September 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 | 26.09.2017



1//  European Social Innovation Competition finalists announced

The European Social Innovation Competition has selected ten finalists with innovative solutions to improve the way we live and work in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The finalists cover new economic systems, language innovations, ethical platforms, peer-to-peer lending, housing solutions and more. Well worth checking out!


2//  Techfugees annual summit set for Paris

On 25th-26th October, nearly two years since its inception, the Techfugees Summit is gathering a global community of technologists, investors, refugee engineers, NGOs and wider humanitarian technologies in Paris, France.


3// Uber loses London license, sparking debate

Uber has been told by TfL that it will not have its London license renewed. The decision has polarised opinion. On the one hand, a petition to save Uber has been signed by over 600,000 people. On the other, counter petitions and many commentators are arguing that Uber must tidy up its act if it is to operate in London. It’s a fascinating case, and one that could go down as a major checkpoint in society’s adaptation to so-called sharing-economy platforms. What’s your stance on the debate?


4//  Introducing the Digital Policy Model Canvas

The National Digital Policy Network of the World Economic Forum has released a White Paper aimed at helping organisations adapt to the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. One tool included in the paper is the Digital Policy Model Canvas, a tool aimed at helping leaders create digital policies.


5//  Google crowdsourcing wheelchair accessibility information

Google is leveraging its network of 30 million Local Guides (people who contribute tips and photos about neighbourhoods and establishments) to crowdsource information that will help better map wheelchair accessibility.


6//  Zooniverse integral to disaster-relief efforts

Zooniverse is a citizen-science platform that has been integral to emergency responses in the Caribbean in the wake of recent disasters. The platform uses satellite imagery and crowdsourcing to create a heat map to guide emergency responders. The project is a collaboration between Zooniverse itself, the University of Oxford Machine Learning Group, Rescue Global and other organisations.


7//  As is Nextdoor

Nextdoor, a platform that provides a private social network for local neighbourhoods, has also been used to help with response efforts in the wake of the Caribbean storms.


8// World Wide Web Consortium vote passes controversial EME standard

The World Wide Web Consortium, the non-profit that debates and sets the standards that make all the web’s browsers and websites compatible, held its most contentious vote in history this week. A proposed Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) standard was passed, sparking widespread criticism that the move favours large corporations at the expense of wider web users.


9//  FBI launches Crime Data Explorer

The FBI has launched Crime Data Explorer, a resource that makes nationwide (US) crime data accessible to a wide range of users. Users can view trends, download bulk datasets, and access the crime data API for reported crime at the national, state, and agency levels.


10// Amsterdam in surprising cycling experiment

Finally, as part of the development of a toolbox of solutions designed for Dutch cities to better accommodate more cyclists, Amsterdam officials have conducted a remarkable experiment. They found that turning traffic signals off at a major intersection improved user experience and safety!


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