Tech for Good Ten: new UK grantmaking platform, tech giants in new AI taskforce, digital toolbox for activists and social-change organisations and more

4th October 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.

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.

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. Got a link to share with the Tech For Good Team? Tweet us at  @techfotgoodtv  or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Tech For Good Ten | 04.10.2016

1//  GrantNav: new online search tool for UK grantmaking

Finding detailed information about UK grantmaking has become much easier with the launch of a new online search tool, called GrantNav. Free to use, the platform lets users search, explore and download grants data from some of the UK’s largest charitable funders. GrantNav will save time and money, allowing funders to be more informed, and those seeking funding to make more targeted applications.

2//  Tech giants to join forces over future AI governance and ethics

Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft are joining forces to create a new AI partnership dedicated to advancing public understanding of the sector, as well as coming up with standards for future researchers to abide by.

3// Beautiful Rising: digital toolbox for social-change organisations and activists

Beautiful Rising is a new digital activism toolbox containing stories, tactics, methodologies, theories and principles aimed at strengthening the capacity, creativity, and effectiveness of social movements, activist groups, and civil society organizations to achieve lasting social change.

4//  We The Protesters: the first digital civil-rights movement?

We The Protesters is a new digital platform developing a range of tools constituting what its cofounders refer to as the first digital civil-rights movement.

5//  New database exposes extent of illegal great-ape trade

Comprehensive data on the illicit trade in great apes is rare, but a new database suggests there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes. Around 1,800 orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas were seized in 23 different countries since 2005, the figures show. Since 90% of the cases were within national borders they didn't appear in major data records, which only contain international seizures. The database shows the power of data to illuminate important issues.

6//  Smart bike wins €50,000 Smark Ageing Prize

Activ84Health Explorer, a stationary bike that connects older adults to the outside world through the internet of things, has won the €50,000 Smart Ageing Prize.

7//  Cancer Moonshot taskforce emphasises role of computer infrastructure in cancer research

Top cancer researchers recently reported their findings and recommendations to President Obama’s Cancer Moonshot task force. All 10 recommendations heavily concentrate on enabling computational infrastructure. Each recommendation included these key words: sharing data, engaging patients, precision medicine, genetic understanding, interdisciplinary, ecosystem and genomics.

8//  GiveDirectly basic-income experiment set for Kenya

Next month, the charity GiveDirectly will begin giving people in 200 Kenyan villages free sums of money, no strings attached. It will be the largest, most comprehensive test ever conducted of a radical form of wealth distribution known as “basic income” or “universal basic income.”

9//  Code for America elects first Brigade National Advisory Council

Code for America has elected its first Brigade National Advisory Council. The Council marks a major shift in the way Code for America operates as it seeks to continue to develop its considerable impact in the civic-tech sector.

10// Code: new investment app based on social and environmental impact

A new fintech startup called Grow is entering the automated-investment market to compete based on the social and environmental impact and responsibility of investments, not only financial returns. Although the social impact of apps like Grow may be indirect, they could help cultivate a more tangible tech-for-good dimension in Silicon Valley startup culture.


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