Crime-fighting tech

Although acoustic gunshot detectors, licence plates scanners, surveillance cameras maneuvered from in-car computers, and SMS update trending are impressive crime fighting tech tools, experts like the DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier stress that new tech alone is not enough--community involvement is necessary too.

Open sourcing data and flood mitigation

Photo credit: flickr/bass_nroll
We are saddened by news of the floods in Thailand over the weekend, which have already taken 70 lives (that we know of so far).

Artistic data

Picture of Aaron Koblin's airplane flight pattern (by flickr/Steve Rhodes)
Any social entrepreneur who has ever pitched an idea to a donor, or explained a service to a beneficiary knows the importance of good salesmanship: a great story, narrative, catchy graphic design materials, in short, an artistic representation of a concept.

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