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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...

Government Technology

Tod Newcombe

1 June 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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To better serve the Boston community, the city launched a mobile app to address gaps in traditional 311 hotline calls. Now, "nearly 60 percent of service requests come via digital channels" and city officials are bett...

San Bernardino Sun

Ryan Hagen

13 March 2017

San Bernardino, California, United States

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The city of San Bernardino adopted a strategy in 2017 from Stockton and Oakland that helped reduce homicides and violence in those communities. The Ceasefire model eschews blanket approaches like curfews and gang inju...

The Atlantic

Adrienne LaFrance

12 December 2016

Netherlands

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By mapping links onto satellite imagery, Radio Garden provides an easy way to listen to the online broadcasts of radio stations around the world. Through these broadcasts, a listener can expand their cultural awarenes...

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Sandra Larson

14 October 2016

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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To combat blight and vacancies, the Innovation Field Lab at Harvard is leading a project in which graduate students are creating solutions to these all too common problems for urban areas. Specifically, CityNexus is a...

The Atlantic

Robinson Meyer

2 May 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Whenever there’s a natural catastrophe, a team of “crisis mappers” activate around the world. These volunteers use crowdsourcing tools to turn satellite data into digital maps, which are then used to make decisions on...

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Zoe Mendelson

25 February 2016

Mexico City, Mexico

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By “gamifying” the process, urban planners can crowdsource data collection. In Mexico City, members of 14 organizations—ranging from government agencies to nonprofits and consultants—launched a city-wide game, Mapatón...

Ensia

Anja Krieger

1 February 2016

Manoa, Hawaii, United States

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The amount of plastic debris in our oceans and water sources - especially nanoplastics that are increasingly prevalent in our food chain - is so enormous it's often beyond comprehension, and immensely difficult to add...

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Bill Bradley

9 November 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Loveland Technologies is finding creative uses for data that will help protect people’s properties and disseminate better information about local tax and foreclosure policies. Funded by angel investors as well as nonp...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Marco Werman

Rhitu Chatterjee

15 September 2015

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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In the Mumbai slum of Dharavi, an NGO called Society for Nutrition, Education & Health Action (SNEHA) is working to make life safer by teaching men the importance of not being violent towards women. Through an app cal...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Joyce Hackel

26 August 2015

Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate, Syria

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In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International C...

Christian Science Monitor

Jessica Mendoza

25 August 2015

Australia

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Concerned with colony collapse syndrome in honey bees worldwide, scientists, farmers and tech companies teamed up in Australia to create a micro-sensor that collects data on the bee's environment.

PBS NewsHour

Hari Sreenivasan

Judy Woodruff

10 April 2015

Lagos, Nigeria

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5-15 Minutes

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With human injustices affecting people on the streets around the world, camera phones have become important tools to document crimes. However, the video may not adequately capture the crime to be persuasive in court. ...

The Globe and Mail

John Lorinc

20 February 2015

New York, New York, United States

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New York City suffered from fires that erupted in overcrowded, run-down apartments. Then the city sleuthed through residential records and found that landlords who foreclosed let their properties fall apart and ignore...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jacob Kushner

29 September 2014

Tanzania

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Project Last Mile is a partnership between Coca-Cola and Tanzania’s Medical Stores Department that is helping to deliver medications to the most remote parts of the country. Due to this partnership, the Medical Stores...

The Atlantic

Robinson Meyer

13 November 2013

Port-au-Prince, Philippines

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After typhoon Haiyan, the devastation to the Philippines was hard to locate and track. The Red Cross staffed volunteers to sort through crowd-sourced data to create maps. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap software applic...

The New York Times Magazine

Paul Tullis

19 September 2013

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, United States

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Between climate change and an ever increasing population, wildfires are becoming more and more of an annual challenge to mitigate, with firefighters and policy makers walking a thin edge between the need for natural b...

Pacific Standard

Bob Burtman

28 December 2009

Mebane, North Carolina, United States

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Mapping technology has been used in creative ways to visualize discrimination on the municipal level and hold governments accountable for using methods that are hard to understand or quantify to perpetuate discrepanci...

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