Tech For Good Ten: How data shapes us, finding lost memories and bringing science to life

2nd June 2015 Posted by: Ben Matthews

Welcome to this week’s Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past week.

We’re aiming to share a wide range of links, meeting people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing the greatest tech for good products

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.

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Tech For Good Ten: 02.06.2015


1. Are you in charge of your digital self?

A short film we made featuring Sarah Gold. It is a beautifully simple illustration of how our data may begin to shape us.


2. Seven ways that tech is doing good

“Technology means that those who invent can extend what is possible.”


3. Should we fear the future?

Is the future workplace a shiny tech paradise or robot led dystopia?


4. Apps that bring science to life

Learning about physics and chemistry is often not easy, but through interactivity and other methods, technology can help simplify some concepts.


5. The phone app challenging violence against women in a Mumbai slum

Domestic abuse is rife in Dharavi slum, but a new project uses a smartphone app and trained volunteers to improve the reporting of violence.


6. Who owns the web of data?

Access to aggregated mobile phone data would allow aid agencies to understand where crowds are likely to be located, where they may have come from and where they might be going. This could be invaluable when there is a need to quickly respond to emergencies.


7. Why personalised medicine should be available to all

As a rapidly-evolving field of medicine, genetic analysis relies on the sharing and pooling of data so that experts can learn more about the complex variations in the human genome which contribute to disease risk or mutation.


8. Climate change may be gender blind, but its impact is not

Positioned at the centre of the challenges posed by climate change, women and young girls are central to new, innovative solutions that can create economic opportunities yet have minimal impact on the environment.


9. Researchers find “lost” memories

Scientists use optogenetics to reactivate memories that could not otherwise be retrieved.


10. UN Deploys New Tech to Make Relief Faster in Nepal

Humanitarian aid is criticized for being disorganized, late, and inefficient.  A new UN project is changing that perception.



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