Tech for Good Ten: funding for tech against domestic abuse, the chatbot helping refugees, the UK's Digital Strategy, a citizen-science TV show and more tech for good

7th March 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 | 07.03.2017


1//  Tech vs. Abuse funding deadline approaches

There is one week left to apply for grant funding through the Comic Relief’s Tech vs. Abuse initiative, set up around five research-driven design challenges to use technology to combat domestic abuse.


2//  Chatbot helping refugees and asylum seekers

The creator of a chatbot which overturned more than 160,000 parking fines and helped vulnerable people apply for emergency housing (as featured by us last year) is now applying the bot to helping refugees claim asylum. The chatbot can now help refugees fill in an immigration application in the US and Canada and apply for asylum support in the UK.


3// Government publishes UK Digital Strategy

The government has published its UK Digital Strategy, aimed at building a digital culture and infrastructure for everybody, not just the few. The strategy, and executive summary, can be read on the government’s website.


4//  Nesta: report on pioneering digital democracy

Nesta has published its report into the pioneering innovations in digital democracy across Europe and beyond. It is easy to forget, given the past year’s political earthquakes, that democratic systems have remained largely unchanged for generations. Digital tools increasingly offer the potential to change that.


5//  Facebook testing AI to identify suicide risks

Facebook is testing new AI software that detects people at risk of committing suicide. The move has been branded “not just helpful but critical” by one helpline chief.


6//  The Internet Freedom Festival is this week (and looks fantastic)

The Internet Freedom Festival is taking place this week in Valencia. It will cover eight themes around the Internet Freedom movement, and is committed to an inclusive and diverse approach. If you’re in the area, be sure to register (did we mention it’s free?). If not, keep an ear out for follow-up content and outputs.


7//  Celebrating women leading in tech for good

This Wednesday, 8th March, at Code Node in London, the #BeBoldForChange meetup will celebrate women using tech to empower others. Some of the brilliant tech-for-good projects represented will be Crowd2Map, the Government Digital Service, Project 00 and Ada’s List. Don’t miss out!


8// €5,000 for an idea to improve journalism

The deadline for the imec Press for More Award is this week. The award aims to encourage more and better journalism by offering €5,000 to a tech-driven initiative to improve journalistic efforts. A pertinent topic, I’m sure we all agree ...


9//  Citizen-science TV show set for April

A new TV show, The Crowd and the Cloud, is set to explore the world of citizen science, whereby people all over the world can integrate scientific research into their daily routines. The show will premier on the WORLD channel, stateside, on 6th April - but we’re sure it’ll be online somewhere, some(legal)how.


10// DocsApp: matching doctors with patients in India

Docs App is an Indian tech-for-good startup that seeks to pair patients with specialist doctors efficiently and affordably - a provision severely lacking in the country.

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