Tech for Good Ten: open-internet campaign, new digital-arts fund, Inclusive Technology Awards winners and tech leaders against Trump

19th July 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 | 19.07.2016


1//  Open-internet advocates launch last-ditch European campaign

A coalition of prominent open internet advocates, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is mounting a last-ditch campaign urging European officials to stand up to the telecom industry and strengthen the EU’s net neutrality policy before the bloc’s regulatory public consultation period ends on Monday.


2//  Nominet Trust and The Baring Foundation launch digital arts and creative ageing fund

On 13th July 2016, Nominet Trust and The Baring Foundation launched a £500,000 fund for digital tech solutions to engage older people in the creative arts - from painting and sculpture to singing and drama.


3// Nesta announce Inclusive Technology Awards finalists

Nesta has announced the ten finalists in their Inclusive Technology Awards. Over 200 applicants entered the competition - all organisations developing assistive living technology to help improve the lives of disabled people.


4//  NearSt: one-hour book-delivery service set to challenge Amazon

NearSt, a new platform to order titles from local bookshops – and get them to customers within an hour – has launched in London. The service (and any competitors it spawns) could present a meaningful challenge to Amazon’s near monopoly in the book industry.


5//  Make America Smart Again: new movement aims to increase political engagement in US

Shepard and Amanda Fairey recently announced the Make America Smart Again movement, designed to encourage voter education and registration during the current election season. More than a quirky hashtag, this official call to action inspires voters to learn more about the political system, the issues affecting the country and direct communities, and local and national candidates. There are clear parallels with concerns about political engagement in Britain in the wake of Brexit, and given Shepard Fairey’s previous project successes, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the campaign have a positive impact.


6//  Google and Microsoft working to improve cancer-diagnosis search results

People often search for their symptoms online, but the right diagnosis can be hard to find. Google and Microsoft are working on ways to improve things by crunching data to optimise search results.


7//  New farming sensor aims to make farming yields predictable

A Princeton, New Jersey startup called Arable Labs Inc. recently unveiled a professional-grade crop and weather sensor that’s solar powered, rugged and hopes to make farming yields and conditions predictable. The device could have a significant positive impact, especially for farmers in countries that suffer from flooding, droughts and other severe weather conditions.


8//  Young artists working to celebrate feminine tropes in the tech world

Three young artists are working to find out how the tech world would change if girly tropes were championed, rather than marginalised.


9//  Tech leaders sign open letter against Donald Trump

Almost 150 tech-industry leaders have signed an open letter opposing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. In an unusual political move, the signatories - including representatives from Twitter, Apple, Reddit and others - argued that Trump was in opposition to the open exchange of ideas, innovation and growth: all central to progress.


10//  Edu Kicks: football computer game teaches kids anti-discrimination

As Euro 2016 was recently holding the attention of football fanatics around the world, a new app has been tapping into the popularity of the event, and using it bring about positive education. Edu Kicks is a new game for kids that teaches anti-discrimination through gaming and football.

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