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San Diego Union-Tribune

Gustavo Solis

30 August 2018

Ensenada, Mexico

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Police in Ensenada, Mexico, have been using drones since October 2017 and it has led to more than 500 arrests and a 10 percent drop in crime. The drones have fostered faster response times and help police decide how t...

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...

Bloomberg CityLab

Linda Poon

20 August 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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In a Dallas neighborhood, environmental organizations are teaming up to plant a tree canopy that will address multiple environmental and public health concerns, while also cooling down the city's urban heat island eff...

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Jenessa Duncombe

17 August 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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The National Weather Service has been helping firefighting crews better prepare for and fight wildfires. They’ve developed a model called the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh-Smoke (HRRR-Smoke) to show where there’s high...

Bright Magazine

Eleanor Orao

8 August 2018

Kibera, Kenya

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Slums around cities like Nairobi are threatened as city governments seek to demolish them. One way to help, or at least give residents time to prepare to seek new homes, is a host of different types of mapping. By def...

Under-Told Stories Project

Fred de Sam Lazaro

6 August 2018

Kenya

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5-15 Minutes

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In Kenya, mapping technology is helping to raise the standard of living by ensuring that the location of urban slums are being recorded, along with locations of electric lines, water tanks, public toilets, and more. ...

Apolitical

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...

Ensia

Chloe Warren

6 June 2018

Tanzania

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In Tanzania, low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) are a form of telecommunications technology that have the power to potentially stop poachers in their tracks when coupled with geolocation sensors. The application doe...

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...

Next City

Sandra Larson

16 May 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A newly developed 3D smart model of the city of Boston will be accessible to the public, allowing anyone to look at projects being built, areas prone to flooding, and even how shadows affect the city. Different map vi...

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Edward Siddons

15 May 2018

Cali, Colombia

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Colombia used a public health model of prevention to attack violent crime and has seen the homicide rate drop by 82 percent. The approach required the work of numerous public sectors, not just law enforcement, and a r...

Al Jazeera

Ndoni Khanyile

1 May 2018

Namanga, Kenya

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An app, using satellite mapping technology to locate green pasture and water, helps herders in southern Kenya navigate droughts. The tool may go a long way towards saving both herds and livelihoods from the ravages of...

Nikkei Asian Review

Deepak Adhikari

24 March 2018

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Motorbike sharing apps provide an alternative to traffic congestion and crowded public transportation in Nepal. The tech startup, Tootle, connects users to motorbike drivers with its ride-sharing app. Motorbikes offer...

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...

News Deeply

Matthew O. Berger

20 November 2017

Miami, Florida, United States

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Each year millions of sharks are inadvertently slaughtered by long-line fishing gear, and the decimation of top predator populations has detrimental effects on the greater ocean ecosystem. New tracking technology that...

BBC

Charlotte Pritchard

7 November 2017

Malawi

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In Malawi and other countries around the world, thousands of towns are not mapped. There is often no financial incentive to do so. However, unmapped areas face many challenges, especially because they are harder to re...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

17 October 2017

England

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Across the world, lack of a precise address has created issues for communities, whether it be in terms of medical treatment, resource drop off, or even simple package deliver. Attempting to address this problem, this ...

WEWS-TV

Tara Molina

28 September 2017

Lucas County, Ohio, United States

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With the help of a grant, the sheriff’s department in Lucas County is using GPS-enabled darts to catch criminals who run. Instead of engaging in a dangerous high-speed chase, officers can tag the car with a dart, watc...

Texas Observer

Gus Bova

26 September 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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Libre by Nexus helps immigrants get out of jail, and makes more than $30 million a year doing it. In exchange for providing collateral to bondsmen, the company charges clients, including asylum seekers in desperate si...

News Deeply

Erica Cirino

18 September 2017

United States

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As temperatures continue to steadily and consistently rise because of climate change, the warming ocean has become an increasing threat to the livelihoods of those living near any shore. From Hurricane-force winds to ...

News Deeply

Paul Tullis

11 September 2017

Sunnyvale, California, United States

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Despite advancements in technology in most sectors of life leading to an increase to access of information about practically anything, little is still known about the ocean and its behavioral patterns. Liquid Robotics...

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 ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss

9 August 2017

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Kentucky metro area has some of the worst air quality in the country, leading to concerning rates of asthma and respiratory disease well above the national averages. But a group called AIR Louisville has implement...

News Deeply

Paul Tullis

17 July 2017

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Illegal fishing is a grave concern that not only threatens to destroy the ocean's ecosystem but the livelihoods of billions of people around the world who depend on stable fish populations for food. Now, software deve...

The Guardian

Gordon Darroch

12 July 2017

Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands

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In the Netherlands, city councils are piloting remarkable new technology to make roads safer and friendlier for cyclists and pedestrians through the use of apps that improve the efficiency and sensitivity of traffic l...

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