Tech for Good Ten: Get Online Week goes live, Australian researchers create water super sensors, Facebook test-flights its first internet drones and a new digital showcase of investigative techniques

26th July 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 | 26.07.2016


1//  Get Online Week goes live

17-23 October will see thousands of events take place in communities all across the country as part of the UK’s Get Online Week, showing people how the internet can make life easier, cheaper, healthier and more fun. You can now register to take part in the campaign.


2//  MapSwipe: crowdsourced mapping in vulnerable regions

MapSwipe is a new mobile app that allows people to crowdsource mapping for vulnerable areas on their phones. It is part of the collaborative Missing Maps project, and could help provide humanitarian organisations with incredibly fast, invaluable information on population clusters.


3// Look Up: public art for public safety

Look Up is a public-art app that alerts pedestrians when they are entering traffic areas particularly prone to crashes. Ironically, for a smartphone app, the intention is not only to keep pedestrians safer, but to get people engaging with their surroundings more and their phones less.


4//  The rise of the bio-robot

Harvard researcher Kevin Kit Parker, a professor of bioengineering, and his team have created a stingray-inspired robot that is powered by living rat cells. Robots with living cells that have the ability to respond to external stimuli could help in things like environmental clean-up and monitoring, but the greatest potential lies in healthcare applications.


5//  Super Sensors: live, inexpensive water-quality data

Researchers at University of Western Australia see a future where water-quality data is instantly available and inexpensive, thanks to a new type of environmental sensor they've developed. The team, led by Professor Giacinta Parish, is calling their new technology a super sensor.


6//  No More Ransom: Europol teams with cybersecurity companies to combat ransomware

European police agency Europol is teaming up with cybersecurity companies in an initiative aimed at slowing an exponential rise in ransomware. The scheme revolves around a website that connects victims and police, gives advice and helps with data recovery.


7//  Project Aquila: Facebook completes first test-flight of internet drones

Facebook has successfully concluded the first test flight as part of Project Aquila, which involves building solar-powered aircraft which will fly for months at a time above remote places, beaming down an internet connection.


8//  Mobile Health News: review of the digital-health world for Q2

Mobile Health News have published a thorough review of the second quarter’s digital health news, containing links to the essential headlines and developments you may have missed.


9//  Louisville City Accelerator: wireless smoke detector for vacant homes successfully prototyped

The Louisville City Accelerator team reflects on a recent civic-tech hackathon that created a low-cost wireless smoke detector for vacant homes.


10//  Exposing the Invisible: digital showcase of investigative techniques

Through a series of short films, video interviews, guides and resources, Exposing the Invisible is a new project that will look at different techniques, tools and methods - many of them digital - along with the individual practices of those working at the new frontiers of investigation.

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