TFG Ten: Power to the People, Making the Makers and The Trust Engineers

17th February 2015 Posted by: Ben Matthews

Welcome to this week’s Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past week.

We’re aiming to share a wide range of links, meeting people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing the greatest tech for good products.

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.

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Tech For Good Ten: 17.02.2015


1. More Power to the People: How Cities Are Letting Data Flow

“Smart cities understand that engaging the public in decision-making is vital to enhancing services and ensuring accountability. Here are three ideas that show how cities are embracing new technologies and opening up data to spur civic participation and improve citizens’ lives.”


2. New Tech for Good Meet Up: Making the Makers, young people and digital making

“Bringing together people who are supporting the next generation of digital makers. Whether coders, hackers, hardware nuts or fixers, we’ll be hearing from the organisations who are supporting young people to develop digital making skills to change the world.”


3. The Trust Engineers

“A peek into the work of Arturo Bejar and a team of researchers who are tweaking our online experience, bit by bit, to try to make the world a better place. And along the way we can’t help but wonder whether that’s possible, or even a good idea.”


4. GIFs that explain mathematical concepts

“Let's face it; by and large maths is not easy, but that's what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.”


5.The sharing economy is hurtling us backwards

“In effect, on-demand work is a reversion to the piece work of the nineteenth century – when workers had no power and no legal rights, took all the risks, and worked all hours for almost nothing. Uber drivers use their own cars, take out their own insurance, work as many hours as they want or can – and pay Uber a fat percent. Worker safety? Social Security? Uber says it’s not the employer so it’s not responsible.


6. 251 million Africans Could be banked via Mobile by 2019

“In Africa, less than 30% of residents have access to traditional banking services. In this situation, the banking of the greatest number as desired by the authorities, will have to go through the mobile, which is in the pocket of more than half of Africans over fifteen years old.”


7. Tech Trends 2015

“We outline eight trends that could potentially disrupt the way businesses engage their customers, how work gets done, and how markets and industries evolve.”


8. How do we create sustainable, resilient social change?

“The history of rebellion is rife with excess and burnout. But new generations have a distinctive commitment to be reflective and activist at once, to be in service as much as in charge, and to learn from history while bringing very new realities into being.”


9. Cardigan senses how well its wearer is moving

"The technology becomes invisible. It's more about the feeling and the touch of the design – the patient doesn't really need to worry about what's happening on the inside."


10. Want your voice to be heard?

"The goal of +SocialGood UK is to empower people everywhere to have their voices heard. The Social Good movement provides a shared platform for a global call to action to create the kind of world we want and identify innovations that can help make that world a reality. +SocialGood UK will convene elected officials, leaders in new media, technology, activists and more to discuss the most important issues being highlighted in this year’s UK general election."


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