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CNN

Sophie Jeong

21 October 2019

Cheonan, South Korea

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For those struggling with smartphone addiction, detox and counseling can prove beneficial. In South Korea, the government’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, alongside partners like the National Center for Youth...

Burlington Free Press

April McCullum

27 August 2019

South Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Teachers in South Burlington High School in Vermont are taking a different approach to dealing with digital distractions in the classrooms. Through short 30-minute lessons getting at the root of cellphone addiction an...

Yes! Magazine

Megan Wildhood

21 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Crowdsourcing data allows developers to help those with limited mobility find accessible routes. The AccessMap Seattle project, in collaboration with the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the University of Wa...

NPR

Monica Gokey

9 May 2019

Salmon, Idaho, United States

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Visitors to the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho can now access the wealth of information in a guidebook with the convenience of a smartphone app. The app, which contains valuable information on history, visito...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

17 April 2019

Illinois, United States

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High tech tools offer low cost ways to reach many voters and mobilize turnout, especially in mid term elections. From applications that allow campaigns to deliver personal text messages to hundreds of people at once, ...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

17 April 2019

Denmark

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Using the camera of a smartphone, individuals who are blind or visually impaired can receive quick and easy help from volunteers. The Danish company, Be My Eyes uses a smartphone application to connect those who are b...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

11 April 2019

Colorado, United States

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What started as a telephone tip line, Colorado’s anonymous tip program, Safe2Tell has now become an app that is publicly funded and part of the Attorney General’s office. The program gives students a way to report pot...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

5 March 2019

Canada

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Experiencing the death of a parent is oftentimes extremely traumatic, but an app created by a woman who personally experienced this type of loss, aims to bring some sense of help and closure for family members. Implem...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

28 November 2018

Nigeria

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In a nation that traditionally does not believe or address that adolescents have sex despite overwhelming data, Nigerian web- and mobile-based platforms are expanding access to quality sexual education for youth. Educ...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

2 November 2018

United States

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Easy-to-use web apps provide information about candidates and referendums, gathering information all in one place for voters. BallotReady and We Vote are two such tools.

OZY

Molly Fosco

18 October 2018

United Kingdom

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The Do Not Pay app is helping people take the law into their own hands. The app offers free legal counsel to users and “has helped fight $16 million in parking tickets in the U.K. and U.S.” In addition, people who use...

New York Magazine

Sonia Weiser

12 October 2018

India

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Using data collection and visualization, apps like SafeCity, HarassMap, and #WalkFreely are crowdsourcing locations where individuals have been sexually harassed or assaulted so that others know to take precautions. S...

The Guardian

Stephen Moss

29 August 2018

Oxford, United Kingdom

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It's not uncommon for people to hesitate to give money to homeless because of an uncertainty of how the money will be spent. To address this, as well as an increasingly cashless society, an app known as Greater Change...

Wall Street Journal

Ellen Byron

28 July 2018

United States

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Nissan and GM plan to make warning systems standard in many of their vehicles that alert drivers there are occupants in the back seat to address the persistent issue of children dying in hot cars. Other new products, ...

Al-Fanar Media

Doreen Aijambo

16 July 2018

Somaliland

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Similar to other countries in Africa, Somaliland is using technology to better education. There, an estimated 150,000 parents use a free-mobile messaging tool to communicate about school conditions with the government...

Yes! Magazine

Eben Bein

13 July 2018

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Shave The Peak is an online tool that helps people cut their emissions use by informing them of peak energy times during the hottest days in the summer. The tool started as a mass email and a text sent out to 100 envi...

Government Technology

Theo Douglas

1 July 2018

Iowa, United States

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Iowans will soon store their drivers’ licenses on their smartphones rather than in their wallets. The state is moving forward after a pilot project demonstrated the promise of going digital. Several more states are co...

Yes! Magazine

Miles Schneiderman

28 June 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Teaching people about the harmful impacts of social media and tech addiction are a crucial first step in mitigating its consequences. The Center for Human Technology (CHT) has partnered with Common Sense Media to laun...

The Washington Post

Tara Bahrampour

5 February 2018

United States

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Smartphones can inhibit natural human engagement, invade privacy, or distract us from any number of things we need to pay attention to. So Yondr and companies like it provide ways to lock up people's phones, denying t...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

22 January 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A new ordinance in Chicago requires hotels to give panic buttons to employees working in rooms alone. 58 percent of the city’s hotel workers report having experienced flashing, groping, and other forms of sexual haras...

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Odette Chalaby

8 November 2017

Australia

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Currently poverty is assessed on a household basis, however individuals within the same house can experience poverty differently. The Individual Deprivation Measure will be the first gender-sensitive tool that will be...

WHYY

Danielle Fox

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A hackathon in Philadelphia brought together a diverse group of people, including formerly incarcerated individuals, to discuss the complex issue of reentry and come up with tech-based ways to help. The collaboration ...

Public Radio International

Monica Campbell

2 October 2017

San Jose, California, United States

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Volunteers, hotlines, community supporting families, these are the basic principles of rapid response networks. A rapid response network is a community led, volunteer response to immigration crackdowns that is being r...

Pacific Standard

A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

15 September 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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Hurricanes Irma and Harvey showed the power of social media to share real-time alerts and information as well as get resources to people more quickly when official channels like crisis hotlines are clogged. Officials ...

The New York Times

Winnie Hu

28 August 2017

New York, United States

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Bike share programs have helped decrease pollution and traffic in urban areas. However dockless city bike programs are now threatening bike docking stations because they are cheaper and more accessible. Dockless bike ...

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