Tech for Good Ten: demystifying India's legal system, MIT's new social-impact lab, lip-reading AI and American goes to the polls ...

8th November 2016 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.


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Tech For Good Ten | 08.11.2016


1//  Nyaaya: demystifying India's legal system

Nyaaya (still in Beta) is a new project aimed at demystifying and making accessible India’s legal system. It is building a free online repository of central and state law, explained in clear English, complete with guides to help people find the correct legal answers. Questions remain as to how accessible this will be to many Indians, but it’s a worthwhile project nonetheless.


2//  Engine: MIT announces social-entrepreneurship lab

MIT have announced The Engine: a lab dedicated to providing comprehensive support to social entrepreneurs seeking to make a positive social impact through scientific and technological breakthroughs.


3// Oxford University designs AI with 93% lip-reading accuracy

Oxford University researchers have created an AI system, called LipNet, that can lip-read with 93.4% accuracy. There is still some way to go, but given a previous technological best of 79.6%, and typical professional lip-reading accuracy of 20% - 60%, the potential benefits are plain to see.


4//  JustFix: helping tenants deal with bad landlords

A new nonprofit called JustFix.nyc has created an app to help tenants deal with bad landlords. It would be a mistake to dismiss this as addressing a first-world problem, given the soaring rent prices, falling living standards and unscrupulous development occurring in many cities.


5//  Uber and Lyft to offer free lifts to polling stations

Thanks to a (pro Clinton) crowdfunding campaign, Uber and Lyft will be providing free lifts to polling stations for the US election. The point here isn’t that either company, or the partisan crowdfunding campaign, deserve particular tech-for-good credit here. Rather, it shows the potential of leveraging major tech platforms for positive political ends.


6//  Tech for Good Manchester set for funding meetup

On Tuesday, 22nd November at 6.30pm, Tech for Good Manchester are hosting an event focusing on tech-for-good funding. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area!


7//  Smart motorways leading to dramatic increase in speeding offences

More than 1,000 motorists a week are being caught speeding on the UK's smart motorways, police figures suggest: approximately 25 times the number caught on the same stretches of motorway before they turned smart. Although cynics can view this as a convenient revenue-generation technique, smart motorways will surely improve road safety by reducing speeding. And who knows, some of the extra revenue may be spent in fruitful ways.


8//  Cyber-defence industry on recruitment drive for ethical hackers

Following the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre, the cyber-defence industry is seeking to address the talent shortfall it faces. One event aimed at doing just that was this week’s Cyber Security Challenge UK, which saw ethical hackers - or ‘white hats’ - compete with one another to showcase their skills.


9//  Inaugural Africa 4 Tech summit takes place

Last week saw the inaugural Africa 4 Tech summit, examining how tech can improve people’s lives across the continent. Maeve Shearlaw has summarised some of the key findings of the three-day conference for the Guardian.


10// Good luck today, America ...

Last, although absolutely not least, the United States today goes to the polls to decide between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for president in what has been an astonishing campaign. Good luck, America, and choose wisely. Be sure to use tools like Vote.org to find all the information required to help make the best decision.

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