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Tech For Good Ten | 07.06.2016
In 2011, Transparency International estimated that over half of Indians had paid a bribe within the last year. Increasingly, however, computerised government records and processes are allowing citizens to bypass corrupt officials. A simple tech intervention, for sure, but one with enormous potential in a country of 1.3 billion people.
The team at Prosper has created an open-source app that aims to organise and centralise the myriad refugee projects scattered around the internet. Refugee Projects should make it considerably easier to learn about and join efforts to help alleviate the crisis.
Polis is a tablet app that allows political canvassers to send real-time analytics information to campaign HQ. HQ can then advise canvassers on how to alter their route or tactics to most effectively target potential voters. Polis is part of a wider civic-tech trend that sees technology streamlining, opening and generally improving democratic processes.
With tornado season in full swing in the US, it's reassuring to see that the government have an app offering to help citizens handle the inevitable damage and heartbreak. Apps like this are only set to become more relevant as climate change gathers pace.
Trust of national politicians in France is low. One of the civic-tech initiatives looking to turn this reality into more direct democracy is LaPrimaire, which hopes to select, and then run, a presidential candidate selected from an open primary.
Angus Drummond created Limitless Travel to provide disabled people with accurate, up-to-date information on the accessibility of travel destinations around the world. His mission to allow disabled people to travel more and more freely is going well, and Limitless Travel recently joined Entrepreneurial Spark in Birmingham.
Homelessness is a major problem in Seattle. WeCount's approach to the problem is a community platform that allows people to join in order to request or provide items whilst retaining their anonymity if they so wish. They partner with organisations that can provide drop-off and pickup locations.
Footage Foundation uses personalised, digital storytelling techniques to allow young women to feel included, listened to and confident in telling their story. The team is currently campaigning to expand its Girl-talk-Girl project, currently active in the US and Russia, to include refugee women in Europe.
Scope uses digital technology to improve the lives of disabled people. Their newest focus is on the power of virtual reality, as Kim Lawther writes as part of the Huffington Post's tech-for-good fortnight.
Since reaching its Kickstarter target in one day, the team have been producing bicycles with puncture-resistant tyres, a rust-stopping chain and, most impressively, custom-made parts that require custom tools to tamper with. They even offer 24-hour replacements for any parts that are stolen. A valuable reminder that effective tech interventions don't necessarily need to be digital or bleeding-edge.