Technology: using power for good
New technologies can enhance the work of development groups from grassroots to global, but with this new potential comes the responsibility to understand the risks.
Technology has huge potential to be used for social good. Mobiles and mapping software can be used to gather data, and visualize patterns and trends; predictive analytics can be used to help translate 'big data' into useful statistics; unmanned aerial vehicles can monitor real-time crises; and social media helps mobilize groups around the world.
If paired with the ability to disseminate information broadly and forge strong ties with local grassroots movements, technology can allow civil society to monitor, predict, and possibly deter mass violence, identify interventions that will be most effective and drive large scale movements to amplify the voices and actions of marginalized communities.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.
The Smart Rural Community® Collaboration Challenge is an opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain up to $5,000 to deploy broadband-enabled solutions for community-oriented initiatives, including economic development, education, health care and public safety.
StateScoop — Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital.
On Friday, September 14th, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke will host her panel entitled "Smart Cities and You Part II: A Movement for Inclusion to Seize 21st Century Opportunities" during CBCF's 48th Annual Legislative Conference.
Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is hosting listening sessions to solicit feedback on a plan to increase access to capital in rural areas by streamlining regulations for four Rural Development loan guarantee programs.
The Foundation for Rural Service is accepting grant applications from rural communities to support business and community development, education, and telecommunications. Priority is given to projects in broadband development.
Elysian Fiber’s public/private project will focus on the development of a fiber optic backbone and fiber optic connections to community residents and key economic and academic development sites.
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When it comes to building smart regions, Jean Rice wants to make sure every community knows that they do NOT have to start from scratch. Rice is NTIA's Senior Broadband Program Specialist for BroadbandUSA (an initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce).