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.
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Tech For Good Ten | 08.06.2017
The Bethnal Green Ventures Demo Day took place this week. The eight outgoing tech-for-good startups pitched to a crowd of friends, family, tech-for-good practitioners, investors and others to mark the beginning of their new, post-accelerator chapter. We highly recommend reading more about the ventures here. We also highly recommend encouraging any other tech-for-good teams and entrepreneurs to apply for BGV’s next cohort, now open for applications.
Applications for the prestigious UK Social Enterprise Awards 2017 are now open. What’s more, this year includes two new categories, including tech-for-good. The deadline is 7th July, with the awards ceremony on 23rd November in London. Get sharing and recommending!
The European Social Innovation Competition has announced its 30 semi-finalists, who will be invited to the Academy to progress their ideas and projects. The semi-finalists represent an array of excellent ideas and potential, including much tech for good. Keep an eye on how the competition progresses, and be sure to read up more on the projects.
Nesta’s Rocket Fund pilot, which is helping 30 state schools fundraise to buy the latest technology products, is live. It is open to both schools hoping to apply to get involved, and people and organisations able to offer financial support.
Pol.is provides an excellent example of how online platforms can be used to help, not hinder, political debate. Its open-source software uses interactive surveys to produce nuanced maps and other visualisations of where agreements and disagreements align. It has been used to excellent effect in Taiwan and Denmark, as outlined in this useful MIT intro. Keep an eye on it. Better still, use it!
A robotic police officer has completed its first shift for the Dubai Police Force (just let that sink in). It features a touch screen for reporting crimes and paying fines, a police cap, six languages, facial and emotional detection software, a human-shift-like charge of eight hours and the ability to chase suspects. If successful, the plan is for robotic cops to constitute 25% of Dubai’s police personnel by 2030. At the time of print the cop has a clean disciplinary record, with no rebukes for procrastinating on Facebook.
The Open Gov Foundation have released Madison 4.0, the latest version of their civic-tech platform. The platform helps connect citizens, stakeholders and elected representatives to demystify and improve democratic processes.
A controversial lab in Montreal is developing virtual-reality images that can help build a profile of a pedophile and determine their risk to society. However, there are concerns about the co-option of such technology for arousal, not prevention. It’s also not clear what the role of such technology might come to play in criminal-justice processes. Tech for good?
London-based social care startup Cera has launched an AI to help carers and patients answer questions - and in future, help spot symptoms of illness. Cera plans to use a platform to connect patients and carers and a an AI assistant called Martha. Vital innovation to the care sector? The worrying de-humanisation of care? Both? Neither?
Finally, Michael Moore has created a new website, Trumpileaks.com, that uses high-powered encryption technology to encourage whistle-blowers from the Trump administration. With Moore’s publicity, it’s not impossible that the site could play a role in the formation of the billowing storm clouds coalescing above the President ...