Tech for Good Ten: new police team to tackle online hate crime, CAST awarded £1.2 million, open-source election waiting-time tracker, virtual reality helping paraplegics and more

16th August 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.

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Tech For Good Ten | 16.08.2016

1//  New specialist police group to tackle online hate crime

A new team of specialist police officers is being established to investigate online hate crimes. The London-based hub will include a team of five officers who will support victims and identify online abuse. The two-year pilot will cost £1.7m and has received £452,000 from the Home Office.

2//  CAST awarded £1.2 million by Big Lottery Fund

Our friends over at CAST have been awarded £1.2 million from the Big Lottery Fund. CAST leverages the agile startup methodology to improve major charities’ use of digital tools. The funding will fund two initiatives in particular: a product accelerator programme, to work with 12 charities over three years; and a blended learning resource, which will offer wider sector support around digital development.

3// Security researcher scams scammer as the scammer tries to scam the researcher

A French security researcher has helped raise awareness about how to combat technical-support scams. The researcher played along with such a scam, but instead of sending his credit card details, sent some malware that then infected the scammer’s computer.

4//  Free and Fair release open-source election waiting-time tracker

With an enormously important national election coming up in the US, election-tech firm Free and Fair is hoping to help avoid overflowing voting locations with a simple, open source device that automatically monitors waiting times and keeps voters and officials informed.

5//  Study shows virtual reality and BMI's can improve sensory ability in paraplegics

A study has been published that demonstrates the potential of virtual reality and non-invasive brain-machine interfaces to help paraplegics regain sensory ability.

6//  Too Good To Go: app allows consumers to purchase leftover food from restaurants

Too Good To Go, founded in Denmark, is one of an encouraging spate on recent apps targeting food waste by allowing consumers to purchase leftover food from restaurants. Founded in 2015, but recently gaining greater traction, the app, which lists participating restaurants in the UK, lists food for between £2 and £3.80.

7//  Solid: Tim Berners-Lee leads attempt to decentralise online data ownership

Tim Berners-Lee is leading a new project that seeks a more decentralised internet. Solid allows users to own their own data, host it wherever they like, and share parts of it with whichever applications they choose, as opposed to major tech corporations owning that data.

8//  Out for the Count: campaign to improve election-result tracking in UK

Out for the Count, with funding support from the Open Data Institute, is a new campaign calling for more open and accessible data on local elections across the UK. Out for the Count delivered the UK’s first election-results tracker in May, but is now iterating in a bid to see the process employed more widely.

9//  European Social Innovation Challenge semi-finalists announced

The 30 semi-finalists in the European Social Innovation Challenge 2016 have been announced. The work on display offers some excellent tech-for-good examples.

10//  The Fourth Group founded to find new political solutions to for tech revolution

The Fourth Group are a new group hoping to find new political solutions for what the call the imminent fourth (tech) industrial revolution. They are holding their first hackathon in London on 3rd - 4th September.

11//  Samsung design vibrating swimming cap for blind swimmers 

Finally, as a bonus in keeping with the Olympic and Paralympic spirit, Samsung have designed a vibrating swim cap, connected to a smartwatch, that alerts blind swimmers when they are approaching the end of the pool. The new method certainly beats the old one: a pat with a long stick from the swimmer’s coach.


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