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BBC

Tim Harford

27 August 2018

United Kingdom

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Technology has made it easier to fact-check speeches and interviews in real time. The organization Fullfact has made software that processes dialogue looking for claims and highlights whether those claims match verifi...

The New Yorker

Dana Goodyear

27 August 2018

United States

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Data suggests that when an officer is wearing a body camera the likelihood that they will shoot a person decreases by as much as 60 percent. Axon Enterprises, which originally made a fortune from selling taser guns to...

Apolitical

Edward Siddons

23 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A new online tool developed by researchers at New York University offers more current data on homicides for the 80 largest cities in the United States than annual reports by the FBI. The tool offers a more realistic p...

Wired

Danny Gold

16 August 2018

Syria

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For people living in Syria, minutes can save people from dying due to bomb strikes. So three men got together and created Hala, and launched a warning system that uses data from aircraft to predict where and when warp...

The Trace

Ann Givens

14 August 2018

California, United States

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The Contra Costa Police Department crime lab has accelerated processing ballistics evidence through a national database that works like fingerprints for guns. The result has been connecting gun violence incidents more...

Bloomberg

Nafeesa Syeed

10 August 2018

West Virginia, United States

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During West Virginia’s primary elections, a pilot program used blockchain technology and a mobile app to record votes. The aim was to improve election security and make it easier for Americans abroad to cast their bal...

Daily Monitor

Lilian Namagembe

7 August 2018

Uganda

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An electronic human resources system has reduced health worker absenteeism in Uganda, improving health service delivery across the country. The tool requires workers to sign in and out, pushing them to show up for the...

The Marshall Project

Simone Weichselbaum

16 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Police in New York already use algorithms to fight crime and now they have turned to a tech startup that uses algorithms to gauge trust levels towards citizens. The so-called “sentiment meter” is meant to address wher...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

10 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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To make neighborhoods safer, New York City is attempting to strengthen "collective efficacy." Research shows that an engaged community, where residents feel they can trust each other and the government, can help lowe...

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Anoush Darabi

4 July 2018

Leeds, United Kingdom

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With a single tap, public health workers in Leeds can use a mobile app to record signs of loneliness in the city. Their observations generate a heat map of social isolation, which then guides community outreach effort...

The New York Times

Adrianne Jeffries

27 June 2018

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Governments around the world are exploring whether blockchain technologies can improve public administration. In theory, blockchain could improve accountability and trust in government. In practice, pilot projects are...

Governing

Jenni Bergal

18 June 2018

United States

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Watch out, potholes. Local governments are coming for you. New technology makes it easier than ever to report potholes, track repairs, and anticipate road issues before they even happen.

The New York Times

Timothy Williams

26 May 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Using advanced data, cameras, and innovative mapping, Chicago is hoping to finally solve crime in the city. Hidden sensors like ShotSpotter and crime forecasting software HunchLab are being used to turn massive amount...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

23 May 2018

Albuquerque, Pennsylvania, United States

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A publicly available online platform launched by the New York Attorney General fills in big data gaps on guns being used in crimes and trafficked from elsewhere. “We were able to get a snapshot really quickly of where...

Apolitical

Jack Graham

18 May 2018

Bern, Switzerland

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Switzerland will soon be piloting a new algorithm to help refugees find jobs. The algorithm uses "machine learning to match geographic employment outcomes with refugees’ personal characteristics, such as gender, age a...

Futurism

Alexandra Ossola

16 April 2018

United States

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When Emily Kennedy was a teenager traveling in Eastern Europe she saw street kids she learned were trafficked by the Russian mob and decided to tackle human trafficking in her college work. The company she launched, M...

Nieman Lab

Shan Wang

12 April 2018

New York, United States

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Project Kondo has identified and archived over 7 million New York Times web pages that contain news content in outdated and unsupported formats. Readers can report broken links, but the number of sites to review is to...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Emmanuel Freudenthal

29 March 2018

Nigeria

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Who Was In Command, is a database that publishes the “names, ranks, and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt, and Mexico.” That’s because when security forces use excessive force, and commit h...

San Francisco Public Press

Rob Waters

8 March 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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In San Francisco, a new online navigation system based off the theory of coordinated entry is merging separate databases into one to track the city's homeless population. The system uses this information to prioritize...

Next City

Jared Brey

19 January 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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By relying more heavily on data analysis, New Orleans officials decreased ambulance response time in many parts of the city from 12 minutes to 8 minutes. This is just one successful project of many from the non-profit...

60 Minutes

Scott Pelley

7 January 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Over 15 Minutes

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What if a computer program could tell you who was at risk for shooting someone or being shot themselves? This is now a reality for Chicago Police Department. By piloting the use of this technology, and assembly a coho...

The New York Times Magazine

Dan Hurley

2 January 2018

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Wrongly assessing risks for children in potentially abusive or dangerous homes has dire consequences, but a new predictive analytics system is assisting screeners to help those who need it most.

WABE

Martha Dalton

18 December 2017

Georgia, United States

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Georgia State University recognized that a large portion of their students don't graduate. They identified academic behaviours that correlate to flunking out and hired advisors to keep an eye on all students and conta...

GeekWire

Gregory Scruggs

17 December 2017

Codrington, Antigua and Barbuda

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Bringing data analysis technology into post-disaster scenarios can improve methods of allocating funding for disaster relief and reconstruction projects. The UN and Microsoft have partnered to develop the Building Da...

The New Yorker

Nathan Heller

11 December 2017

Estonia

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The e-Estonia project eliminates information silos, pairing blockchain with an easy to use data-sharing platform. The X-Road platform platform acts like a bridge, linking the information in places like doctors offices...

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