Tech for Good Ten: London's £1.6m green-tech fund, tech in the anti-terrorism debate, the expansion of two medical tech networks and novel fuels ...

20th June 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.


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Tech For Good Ten | 20.06.2017



1//  Sadiq Khan launches £1.6m London green-tech fund

Sadiq Khan marked the beginning of London Tech Week this week by announcing a major new £1.6 million green-tech fund. Part of the plan includes clean-tech incubator Better Futures, which will help 100 London businesses deliver technology designed to battle climate change and pollution.


2//  Google unveils anti-terrorism measures

Google has unveiled four measures it will use to tackle the spread of terror-related material online. The announcement comes in the wake of a series of UK terror attacks, one effect of which has been to heighten the debate over the role of the internet in combatting terrorism.


3// EMP's back end-to-end encryption

As part of the same debate, a European Parliament committee has backed end-to-end encryption on all forms of digital communication to protect European Union (EU) citizens. The draft legislation seeks to protect sensitive personal data from hacking and government surveillance.


4//  Figure 1: The Instagram for doctors

Figure 1, nicknamed the "Instagram for doctors”, has won $10 million in seed funding. The app allows more than a million healthcare professionals to view rare conditions, learn about novel treatments and even teach cases. Similarly, SERMO, the largest global network for physicians, has just expanded to more than 150 countries on its journey to revolutionise medical crowdsourcing. An exciting week for medical platforms!


5//  Behavioural Insights Team creates new tool to facilitate randomised controlled trials

The Behavioural Insights Team has created a new tool, called Test and Build, which aims to increase the use of behavioural science in tax collection by helping people design and run their own randomised controlled trials. Test+Build guides users through the four stages of the BIT’s TEST methodology – Target, Explore, Solution and Trial – and provides them with guides, case studies and videos developed by the team that relate to compliance and enforcement.


6//  Nesta seeks input on Inventor Prize

Nesta is researching how best to shape its Inventor Prize, designed to better capitalise on the UK’s community of home-grown inventors. If you have expertise around invention, or know people who would have a valuable opinion to offer, direct them towards Nesta’s survey and/or design workshop.


7//  Bait Hive: tech for bee-swarm relocation

Bees are endangered, but beekeeping has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. Bait Hive is a low-tech device which attracts bees when they swarm using a scented pheromone lure and allows them to be safely transported to an optimum, non-public location.


8// Open Knowledge Foundation updates Global Open Data Index

The Open Knowledge Foundation this week updated its Global Open Data Index and a report on the state of global open data. The report includes a broad overview of the problems around open-data publication and how we can improve governmental open data.


9//  NASA seeking latest Datanauts cohort ...

NASA has opened applications to find its new cohort of 50 Datanauts. NASA Datanauts is an international community of people interested in learning how to develop data science skills through access to and use of NASA’s open data. Applications are open until 30th June.


10// Think urine and coffee grounds are mere waste?

Finally, it’s been a week for novel fuelling techniques. Biobean is due to unveil a coffee-waste-fuelled bus in London in the coming weeks, and scientists in Bristol have used urine to charge a smartphone.


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