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Creating Bottom-Up Tech Tools to Fight Ebola

BY Rebecca Chao | Friday, November 21 2014

Liberian youths flash their mobile phones in support of UNICEF's U-Report (UNICEF Liberia)

The fight against Ebola in West Africa is far from over. TechPresident recently covered New York Tech Meetup’s Ebola Hackathon and wrote about what technology can and can’t do. But what emerged from these discussions is that technology needed to be more responsive -- designed after community input and not before. Here are a few systems that were built in just that manner. Read More


Verboice: New Tool for Social Outreach in Cambodia

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, April 18 2013

Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Milei.vencel)

Social outreach organizations including the Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia and Better Factories Cambodia have begun using Verboice to reach communities otherwise cut off by literacy or technological barriers – lack of mobile support of local dialects, for example. It has been used to give women and children on demand health information, to increase access to reproductive and sexual health services, and to monitor working conditions in garment factories.

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Open Data Starts Paying Off on Alzheimer’s

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, August 13 2010

A leap started seven years ago towards getting all wiki-fied, open, and share-happy with brain data by researchers inside and outside government is starting to justify itself, reports the New York Times' Gina Kolata. ... Read More

Voters Needed in Healthy Kids Apps Contest

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 14 2010

The time has come to play games for your country. The Obama administration has opened up voting in its Apps for Healthy Kids contest. The competition called for developers to build kid-friendly games and online tools ... Read More

Michelle Obama Chats on "Let's Move"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, July 13 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama is doing the online chat thing this morning, on the subject of her Let's Move campaign on healthier kids. It starts at 10am EST -- meaning, now. Update: I can't quite figure out where on the ... Read More

It's Health Data Day

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 2 2010

O'Reilly Radar's Alex Howard has a run down of what's on the table today as the Department of Health and Human Services and Institute of Medicine holds a Community Health Data Forum. Read More

White House Announces Mobile Advice for Parents-to-Be

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 4 2010

Text BABY (English) or BEBE (Spanish) to 511411 and, under a project just announced by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (pdf), parents-to-be will get expert pregnancy and child-care advice from ... Read More