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Mapping Technology Allows NGOs to Coordinate Disaster Relief in West Africa

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, July 26 2012

Screenshot from SahelResponse website

In a textbook example of how technology can be used to coordinate crisis management, SahelResponse has created a map that helps NGOs coordinate food relief in the drought-and-conflict -afflicted Sahel region of West Africa. Read More

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Can Mobile Payments Reduce Corruption and Help Workers in the Developing World?

BY Lisa Goldman and Nick Judd | Thursday, July 12 2012

Photo: Monty.Metzger / Flickr

Back in May, federal officials revealed a sweeping new "digital government" strategy that included an international flavor: technologists coming to the federal government through a fellowship program would work on projects related to an initiative by USAID, the U.S.'s international development agency, to push for more people in the developing world to get paid by mobile phone instead of in cash. In announcements, government officials framed mobile money as a new and innovative solution to some financial problems for people without access to a bank. But mobile money is also an industry that's old enough to have a broad user base in some parts of the world and a few known problems, some of which a USAID-backed pilot program encountered firsthand. Despite these issues, officials are pushing ahead — so let's dig into how, and why. Read More

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Ushahidi and the Long Tail of Mapping for Social Change

BY David Eaves | Monday, July 9 2012

What makes a mapping project successful? Image: Trafficking map Epawa SMS

A new website called DeadUshahidi launched recently with the express purpose of tracking Ushahidi mapping projects that experienced little use. While the Ushahidi team responded in good form, but it was hard not to see the website as a shot across its bow.

David Eaves explores why there are so many Ushahidi-powered mapping projects that appear to have fallen by the wayside — and why that might actually be a good thing for people who want to use geospatial data for social change.

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The Europe Roundup: Debating "Life Hacking" on EU Websites

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, November 22 2011

EU | Debating "Life Hacking" on EU Websites: Useful Tips and Comments Did you know that Google and other searches can make your life much easier when you're trying to find relevant information in the messy EU websites? ... Read More

Change.org Invites Developers to Hack for Change (and Dollars, Too)

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 25 2011

Change.org has just announced that it's going to be throwing a 24-hour-long Hack for Change event, starting at noon on Saturday, June 18th, in the company's headquarters in San Francisco's SOMA district. The goal is to ... Read More

The One True Twitter

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 14 2011

.node_read_more { visibility: hidden; display: none; } div.taxterms { display: none; } So much for letting a thousand flowers bloom. Ars Technica's Ryan Paul reports that Twitter is now telling developers that for the ... Read More

What Does " Civil Society" Mean in 2010? 2050?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 5 2010

Gathered today at the World Bank in DC are people interested in figuring out what "civil society" -- that swath of human life that exists apart from, or at least complementary to, what governments do and what ... Read More

Mobile + Women + Clinton + Blair

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, October 7 2010

Cherie Blair, whom you might remember from her stint as Britain's First Lady, got together this morning with U.S. Read More

State Dept's Latest "Tech Del" Heads to Bogotá

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, July 13 2010

The State Department's latest "tech del" trip is a 3-day mission to Bogotá, Colombia. Read More

Housekeeping: Ignite, State Dept. Edition

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 10 2010

Blogging today will, for me, be light. The U.S. State Department is playing host to an Ignite-style event on technology's role in the re-development of Haiti, and that's where I'll be. Read More