Below is a collection of inspiring / empowering / feel-good articles we have stumbled across where people or organisations are using data for good causes. We hope they inspire you to think about how you are/could be utilising your data or at the very least make you hopeful for the future!
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This week, data scientists, researchers and company representatives from across the globe came together for Bloomberg's Data for Good Exchange event in New York City, which showcased how data is being used to achieve the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Drones are playing a crucial role in vital work to better understand the effects of climate change in the Arctic. Dr Joseph Cook, a glaciologist at the University of Sheffield, is conducting major research projects in Greenland, exploring the impact of global warming on glacier and ice-sheet dynamics.
Data is at the epicenter of marketing today and can be used in various ways, from helping to sell a product or an idea, to influencing social change. Data can even save lives, as evidenced by truth® — one of the largest and most successful youth tobacco prevention campaigns, run by the nonprofit organization Truth Initiative®.
As part of Google’s AI for Social Good program, we launched the Google AI Impact Challenge, based on our strong belief that emerging technologies will help us address big social, humanitarian and environmental problems.
Generative adversarial networks, the algorithms responsible for deepfakes, have developed a bit of a bad rap of late. But their ability to synthesize highly realistic images could also have important benefits for medical diagnosis.
LONDON, June 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British retail bank HSBC UK launched a scheme on Monday to help victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in Britain “rebuild their lives” by giving them access to bank accounts.
PIPA, the world’s largest UNESCO World Heritage marine site, had recently transitioned to a complete no-take protected area, right in the middle of some of the world’s most fertile commercial tuna waters.
Emissions for Melbourne City are estimated for the boundary indicated on the map using Google activity data combined with the Climate Action for Urban Sustainability (CURB) tool’s city energy profiles. Building emissions and solar potential values are generated from 15,100 buildings.Transportation emissions are estimated from 697,000,000 trips that started or ended in Melbourne City in 2017.
Social welfare accounts for nearly a quarter of New Zealand’s gross domestic product. Tasked with improving services while spending these funds responsibly, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is transforming its welfare system with the help of SAS Analytics.
More than 3.5 percent of the world’s population is on the move, considered international migrants. That’s more than 250 million people living in a country different than their country of birth or nationality. To put that another way, if all migrants lived in a single country, their population would be the 5th largest country in the world! A recent podcast from globalgoalscast.org highlighted the movement of migrants, and we created a visualization to let users see for themselves where migrants are moving.
Global mining company Anglo American has completed what is thought to be the first fully carbon offset voyage of a bulk carrier at sea, according to Rightship, which provided the carbon accounting tool used to calculate the carbon footprint of the journey.