Tech for Good Ten: Liberty taking government to court over Snoopers' Charter, using satellite imagery and crowdsourcing to combat slavery, Y Combinator MOOC, Nudge Global Impact Challenge and more

4th July 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.


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Tech For Good Ten | 04.07.2017



1//  Liberty to take government to court over Snoopers' Charter

The High Court has granted human-rights group Liberty the right to challenge the UK government’s mass-surveillance powers - the so-called Snoopers' Charter - in court. Liberty argues mass surveillance powers to the extent outlined in the legislation are not necessary to terrorism-prevention efforts.


2//  Volunteers using crowdsourcing and satellite imagery to combat slavery

In a new crowdsourcing project, volunteers are using satellite imagery to help combat slavery in South Asia. Volunteers are identifying brick-making kilns, which are potential slavery sites. The data collected will firstly be passed on to local charities to investigate, and secondly be used to train AI to automatically recognise the kilns.


3// The Y Combinator entrepreneurship MOOC

Startup School is an entrepreneurship MOOC run by Y Combinator. We were turned onto it by this feature in Wired. The first class has graduated, but the lectures and other materials are all available online, representing a valuable free resource for those running tech-for-good ventures.


4//  The first open-source aquaponics kit

Aquapioneers, based in Barcelona, has developed what it calls the world's first open-source aquaponics kit, aimed at reconnecting urban dwellers with the production of their food. Combining open source, digital fabrication, DIY, and urban farming, this startup's project aims to put the tools for zero-mile food into the hands of everyone. The project is still in its early stages. Aquapioneers is crowdfunding to finalise the plans, and a its as yet unclear how much it would cost to create the kit. But this is an interesting product coming out of the maker movement. Watch this space, and support the crowdfunding!


5//  Nudge Global Impact Challenge accepting applications

The Nudge Global Impact Challenge is accepting applications until 15th July. Nudge is looking for young professionals eager to embed sustainability into the heart of their organisations. The 8-month programme will include a range of training and skills, and features a three-day learning programme in the Netherlands in October.


6//  PlaceSpeak: civic engagement without the trolls

PlaceSpeak is a new civic-engagement platform with a twist. Because it is location-based, its software filters out bots and trolls whilst facilitating feedback from local residents. It’s already being used by a range of government agencies across Canada and the US.


7//  The secret panic button for your phone

Panic Button turns your mobile phone into a secret alarm, using the power button for disguise. Potentially useful for anybody entering a potentially dangerous situation.


8// Animate Fund deadline approaching

The deadline for Ireland’s Animate Fund is this week (7th July). The fund offers a share of €220,000 (between ten projects) and a four-month programme of bespoke training. The fund seeks early-stage projects with innovative solutions to health and social problems in an Irish context.


9//  Social Challenges Innovation Platform due for opening

The Social Challenges Innovation Platform, aimed at connecting entrepreneurial solutions with social problems around Europe, is set for its grand opening this week. Check out their site and watch this space …


10// The London co-working space raising money for tech-for-good platform

A tech-for-good couplet to tell you about. Folkore is a fundraising co-working space in East London. The coolest thing is that all profits go to Dignity Platform, which allows people to raise money for great causes by helping or hiring their neighbours and others. Tech-for-good Londoners, check them both out!


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