Tech for Good Ten: NT100 announced, a crowdfunded train, combatting fake news and more

20th December 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 | 20.12.2016


1//  Annual NT100 announced

The Social Tech Guide has published the annual Nominet Trust 100, featuring the year’s 100 best examples of tech for good. The list offers a major exhibition of and catalyst for tech for good in today’s world. Coming at the end of a quite remarkable year, it also represents a powerful declaration of optimism. Featured below are three of our favourite projects from the list.


2//  I Got Garbage: a business model for ragpickers

I Got Garbage is a new business model that allows Bangalore’s ragpickers to better monetise their skills and residents to recycle more easily. 5,200 ragpickers have signed up, typically doubling their wages and improving their safety and working conditions.


3// Kiron: free online education for refugees

Kiron, named after the healing centaur Chiron in Greek mythology, is an online platform that provides refugees with free, high-quality education in partnership with a wide range of prestigious universities.


4//  Pigeon Air Patrol...

Whilst more of a monitoring project than a solution, the brilliantly named Pigeon Air Patrol is an ingenious scheme whereby pigeons are equipped with little sensors to better monitor pollution levels in cities. The thought of London’s favourite birds going about their business is enough to warm the cockles.


5//  Locomore: Germany's first crowdfunded train

In other news, a crowdfunded train, promising affordable, environmentally friendly rides, has completed its first test ride in Germany.


6//  Light: the hope of encryption for photojournalists

Against the backdrop of falling bombs in Aleppo, the Freedom of the Press Foundation sent an open letter to executives at major camera companies asking them to take responsibility for the lack of encryption on today’s devices. Light is the camera startup looking most likely to answer that call.


7//  Scientists implant first 3D-printed organic blood vessel

Scientists at Sichuan Revotek and the Regenerative Medicine Research Center of West China Hospital at Sichuan University have successfully embedded 3D-printed blood vessels into simian test subjects. The vessels, which are made of stem cell-based organic material, were a major breakthrough in vascular regeneration.


8//  Knight Foundation to match $1.5 million in nonprofit news donations

From Dec. 19, 2016 to Jan. 19, 2017, Knight Foundation will match donations from individual donors to select nonprofit news organizations up to a total of $1.5 million. Individual organizations will receive up to $25,000 in matching funds.


9//  Agricultural Open Data Package beta released

The GODAN network and the ODI have teamed up to release the beta version of the Agriculture Open Data Package. The package provides governments and agriculture policy- and decision-makers with an overview of challenges and opportunities in the sector, key categories of data, potential data uses, estimated effort, examples and case studies for implementation, important considerations and further resources to enhance food security.


10// Facebook starts unrolling tools to combat fake news

Facebook has started rolling out new tools - working with organisations like Snopes, Politifact, ABC News and FactCheck.org - to combat the spread of fake news on the site.

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