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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...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

25 April 2018

United States

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While news of failures in the fight against climate change make headlines daily, there are many steps the everyday citizen can take to reduce their impact. Many don't know where to start though. That's where Project D...

Hyperallergic

Elena Goukassian

18 April 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The Metropolitan Museum in New York has interested tens of thousands of hearing-impaired art enthusiasts through their American Sign Language (ASL) tours on Facebook Live. The ASL tours are part of the Met’s newly la...

Dissent Magazine

Colin Vanderburg

17 April 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The use of drones as tools of surveillance and military violence are a fixture of America’s foreign policy. However it is very difficult, due to secrecy and a lack of media coverage, to understand the scope of their u...

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Sarah Toporoff

13 February 2018

Germany

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In 2017, German newsroom Suddeutsche Zeitung began reporting election polling numbers in such a way that the uncertainty of the poll—caused by a limited sample size or respondents lying to pollsters—was visualized in ...

Yes! Magazine

Hannah Norman

12 January 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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Social justice organizations use digital cartography to tell stories about and bring awareness to unfair gentrification and landlord loopholes. By making massive data sets available and easily digestible to the public...

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...

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 Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

25 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Launched in September 2017, Cognoma is a database of information regarding the genetic makeup of cancerous tumors developed in collaboration between University of Pennsylvania researchers and Philadelphia’s tech commu...

Civic Hall

Nithin Coca

20 October 2017

Malaysia

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In Malaysia, only 30 days are required between the calling of an election and election day. Campaign periods sometimes last as little as just 10 days. Sinar Project, a nonpartisan Malaysian civic tech organization, is...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

17 October 2017

North Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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Chatbots don’t sleep. They can respond to citizen inquiries 24 hours a day. From North Charleston to Singapore, automated conversation platforms are improving the connection between governments and the people they ser...

WEWS-TV

Tara Molina

5 October 2017

Akron, Ohio, United States

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The existence of an opioid abuse crisis is widely acknowledged, however there is a lack of efficient methodologies to collect, analyze, and disseminate data related to the crisis. The Summit County public health depar...

News Deeply

Matthew O. Berger

31 July 2017

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

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There's a robot revolution happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it's all in the name of mapping our oceans. This boom of technological innovation is helping bring lower-cost tools to both researchers and citiz...

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Eleanor Ross

11 July 2017

United States

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Being able to trace the means of production and transport of an consumer good allows people to make informed, ethical decisions about their purchases. The website Provenance provides this information by working with c...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

22 June 2017

Denver, Colorado, United States

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As immigration policy fluctuates under the current administration and the future of thousands of undocumented migrants remains volatile, uncertain, and complex, many find themselves in a heightened state of stress and...

NBC News

Joseph Bennington-Castro

21 June 2017

Stanford, California, United States

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Beyond its common application as a predictor of consumer purchasing behavior, AI can be utilized to tackle poverty issues, improve agricultural efficiency, and increase access to information for otherwise disconnected...

Bloomberg CityLab

Krutika Pathi

14 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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For urban residents, participation in city-planning often means navigating complex administrative bureaucracy and struggling through a lack of transparency, but in New York City, efforts are being made to engage citiz...

Urban Milwaukee

Bruce Murphy

11 June 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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A report by the Rails to Trails Conservancy in Milwaukee has identified how increased access to bike paths could be a catalyst for development and economic growth in low-income, minority neighborhoods where people are...

Yes! Magazine

J. Gabriel Ware

6 June 2017

Blackfeet Nation, Montana, United States

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Generations of oppression and poverty have led to severe food insecurity for many Native Americans, resulting in some of the country's highest obesity and diabetes rates. But a few dedicated individuals on the Blackfe...

POZ Magazine

Benjamin Ryan

5 April 2017

United States

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As HIV rates rise, various states within the United States are working to address underlying issues that contribute to this increase by improving surveillance methods. Based on the premise that better record-keeping w...

Ensia

Mary Hable

6 February 2017

United States

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In the past, apparel companies were not given financial rewards for acting sustainably, and therefore, on the whole, saw no reason to encourage customers to do so. But now, by investing in industry-level research and ...

ThinkProgress

Aysha Khan

15 December 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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New initiatives have been implemented to address Wikipedia’s gender gap: both the discrepancy of who is editing the site and the discrepancy of who is covered by the site. Activities include classes to teach girls how...

Splinter

Sarah Lai Stirland

16 September 2016

Travis County, Texas, United States

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Making sure that voting systems are fair and accurate has become a major concern in the wake of rigging allegations in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Homomorphic encryption, now beginning to be used in the finan...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

5 August 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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At the San Francisco headquarters of Uber, three televisions greet visitors and employees just past the check in desk. The central screen plays a video on repeat: “Moving riders, moving partners, moving newlyweds, mov...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

20 July 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The growing emphasis on data driven development presents an opportunity for global development professionals to learn from and perhaps even replicate the successes of the best performers within a data set. But that ca...

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