Tech for Good Ten: Spreading democracy at the push of a button, using data to forecast and prevent crime and Infection-fighting bandages may help treat serious burns

29th February 2016 Posted by: Cat Cochrane

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 | 29.02.2016

1//  Spreading democracy at the push of a button

Unlocking data that can help people monitor what governments are really up to

2//  Copenhagen to undergo infrastructure overhaul for cyclists

Denmark's capital is making a big investment in new, intelligent traffic signals for civic good

3//  Catching the Sun documentary offers a look at the future of clean energy

A new documentary shines a light on how the issue is being dealt with in both the US and China.

4//  Using data to forecast and prevent crime

Short video on HunchLab, a system that uses historical crime data in order to forecast where crime might take place.

5//  Figuring out how to reduce the toxins in electronics

Electronics companies are working to reduce their use of chemicals that are known to be hazardous to human health and the environment.

6//  It's time for women to take power in the global move toward clean energy

“Integrating women in leadership and vision is hugely important because if you don’t, you are doing a disservice to women across the world.”

7//  3D-printed braille maps to show students the way

Researchers have came up with a way of improving mobility for students at a training centre for the blind.

8//  Infection-fighting bandages may help treat serious burns

Technology used in the design of this new bandage could accelerate the healing process, while stopping bacteria multiplying.

9// Portable air quality and CO2 monitor aims to let us 'see' invisible threats in the air

Described as "the most precise consumer air quality monitor on the market," the AirVisual Node helps track the ‘invisible.’

10//  Electronic system takes the guesswork out of respiratory diagnoses

The system could identify conditions such as pneumonia.


"The oil economy has created monopolies and concentrated wealth and power in the hands of the few. I was fascinated by the idea that solar power could democratise and decentralise energy in a way that rebuilds the ladder of economic opportunity." - Shalini Kantayya, filmmaker and eco-activist


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