Tech for Good Ten: the tech-for-good backlash against Trump, The Web Foundation's key trends, two European conferences and more

31st January 2017 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.


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This week, the online tech-for-good space has been awhirr with opposition to a variety of Trump's first moves as US President - most notably his barring of refugees from seven Muslim countries. Tech-for-good responses to this move rightly head this week's digest, which also includes two exciting conferences and two digital-health breakthroughs.


Tech For Good Ten | 31.01.2017


1//  Indivisible: helping grassroots organisations oppose Trump

Indivisible is a digital guide, created by ex congressional staffers, containing practical advice, guidance and resources designed to help grassroots groups in the US resist the Trump agenda. In the wake of Trump’s refugee ban, the project has become markedly more serious, with over 70 volunteers now working around the clock.


2//  Find a Safe Country: helping refugees banned from the US

Find a Safe Country is a digital platform that helps refugees of the seven countries under Trump's ban to find a safe destination. It includes an interactive map, visa and travel information, links to legal assistance, alerts, reports and more.


3// The Web Foundation's trends of 2017

The Web Foundation has released the six key trends it will be tracking throughout 2017. They reflect the critical internet-related issues that have characterised 2016 and will no doubt evolve this year. They also contain a number of themes that will form a new Tech for Good series, to be announced soon.


4//  Localingual: celebrating the world's linguistic diversity

In a symbolic week, David Ding, a former Microsoft software engineer, has created Localingual to showcase the full range of the globe's linguistic diversity. Its premise is simple: a world map shows each country and breaks it down to regions as you zoom in. When you click on a region, if sound has been uploaded the dialect and voice from that location will play. Ding hopes Localingual will become the Wikipedia of languages and dialects.


5//  GovLab launches Data Justice Network

GovLab has launched the Data Justice Network, a website that fosters peer-to-peer learning among criminal-justice practitioners and policymakers and helps officials get fast and comprehensive answers to their questions about how to make better use of data to reduce incarceration and crime.


6//  Nesta: new Inventor prize

Nesta has announced a new Inventor prize in collaboration with BEIS. The prize will look to inspire and harness the potential of the UK’s homegrown inventors, and will be launched later this year.


7//  Two (here + here) European digital social innovation conferences

There are two exciting European digital social innovation conferences happening this week. The Digital Social Innovation Fair 2017, this Wednesday and Thursday in Rome, will explore how to create an internet and digital tools for the benefit of society, and will be streamed live. The Digital Social Innovation Conference, February 7th - 9th in Barcelona, will open with a day exploring data sovereignty for the collaborative economy, before two days around the launch of DECODE, a flagship EU project aimed at developing a decentralised data architecture based on blockchain to strengthen data sovereignty of citizens.


8//  Startupbootcamp: smart-city accelerator deadline approaches

There are just ten days left to apply to Startupbootcamp, a prestigious smart-city and living accelerator programme based in Amsterdam. The programme remit covers a broad range of focus areas, and the three-month offering includes masterclasses, mentorship, partnerships, networking, co-working, €15,000 living expenses, investor access, an alumni network, a demo day and more.


9//  Using smartphones to detect skin cancer

In what could be a significant breakthrough in the treatment of skin cancer, artificial intelligence has been trained to spot the telltale signs of deadly moles and rashes at a level on par with a human specialist.


10// Using virtual reality to treat vertigo

A team of Cardiff University psychologists is working to develop virtual-reality environments that they believe could help diagnose and treat vertigo.

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