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St. Albert Today

April Hudson

27 April 2020

Alberta, Canada

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An Alberta Health Services’ text messaging service called Text4Hope is giving people text messages to help them cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The texts, written by mental health therapists, use cognitive behavioral...

U.S. News & World Report

Sarah Toth Stub

20 April 2020

Jerusalem, Israel

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The use of mobile phone technology can aid in contact tracing and the collection of public health data. In Israel, the government’s use of GPS phone locations to trace cases of COVID-19 raised scrutiny regarding priva...

North Carolina Health News

Anne Blythe

11 April 2020

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

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The University of North Carolina's healthcare system is utilizing virtual care centers and mobile communications to more efficiently prioritize potential COVID-19 cases and better track people after they've been teste...

Teen Vogue

Joseph Darius Jaafari

8 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Cell phones are being used as a new tool during the coronavirus pandemic to help people who have lost loved ones to process and cope with their grief. Although mobile therapy platforms and online counseling options ha...

WRC-TV

Jackie Bensen

7 April 2020

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Connecting to a priest—by video or telephone—can offer relief to those dying alone. The Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, recently launched Dial-A-Priest, a servic...

The Verge

Kim Lyons

23 March 2020

South Korea

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Governments across the world are using data from cell phones to better track the movement of those under quarantine restrictions during coronavirus. While each country using this containment strategy is implementing i...

PBS NewsHour

Christopher Livesay

Melanie Saltzman

2 February 2020

Beirut, Lebanon

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5-15 Minutes

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Training refugees in digital skills provides them with a path toward self sufficiency. A pilot program developed with the UN World Food Program and the American University in Beirut offers computer literacy and Englis...

Lake Oswego Review

Asia Alvarez Zeller

23 January 2020

Oregon, United States

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When students enter many of their classrooms in Oregon, they are asked to place their phone in a pouch, locker, or other container. The strategy is helping students stay focused and break distracting habits and return...

Wired

Flavie Halais

2 January 2020

Shanghai, China

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Data-driven transport can improve access and efficiency if properly implemented. In Shanghai, China, users benefit from customized bus routes designed by artificial intelligence software. Other countries, however, hav...

Noozhawk

Giana Magnoli

29 November 2019

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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California’s Santa Barbara Public Defender’s office is working with the company, Upstart, to use a texting notification system to remind people about their court dates. Upstart costs $20K to set up and then $2 per cli...

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Nick Fouriezos

25 November 2019

Napa, California, United States

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From Google's India-focused app Neighbourly to the wellknown Nextdoor app, social media specifically targeted at connecting neighbors is gaining ground. Whether being used to rate neighborhood attractions, encourage b...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Anastasia Moloney

14 November 2019

Honduras

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Mobile phone apps allow NGOs to track public health threats. In Honduras, the medical charity, Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) uses GIS technology and mobile phone apps to assist in their efforts against dengue fever ou...

Mongabay

Laura Villadiego

12 November 2019

General Santos City, Philippines

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Efforts to reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing also make fishermen safer at sea. Vessel Monitoring Mechanisms (VMM) and electronic catch documentation (eCDT) track the origin of fish headed to ma...

The Washington Post

Heather Kelly

Scott Wilson

Joy Lanzendorfer

28 October 2019

Santa Rosa, California, United States

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With wildfires becoming more and more common, Californians have become improved their evacuation procedures. Alerting residents earlier via cellphone and then ongoing door-to-door notices have made a difference, along...

CNN

Sophie Jeong

21 October 2019

Cheonan, South Korea

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For those struggling with smartphone addiction, detox and counseling can prove beneficial. In South Korea, the government’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, alongside partners like the National Center for Youth...

The New York Times

Catherine Cheney

24 September 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Connecting to peers makes coping with emotional distress easier for youth. Youthline, a youth suicide crisis intervention service operated by Lines for Life puts those struggling in touch with volunteers their own age...

The News Minute

Priyadarshini Kendai

18 September 2019

Bengaluru, India

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To remind tuberculosis patients to take their medication, hospitals in India incorporated the use of mobile phones. When patients received their medication by mail, the packaging material instructed them to call a tol...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

16 September 2019

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Simplifying the enrollment process makes the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) more accessible to those who qualify. In Anchorage, Alaska, a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies funded a pilot pr...

Teen Vogue

Ari Honarvar

5 September 2019

United States

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LGBTQ asylum seekers face a unique set of problems coming to the United States, often from places where gender expression and sexuality are strictly regulated. Four organizations across the US, Mexico, and Canada are ...

The Colorado Sun

John Frank

20 August 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In 2016, Utah debuted SafeUT, a streamlined crisis center with on-call mental health specialists that students can call or text about potential threats to schools or personal mental health concerns. SafeUT was borne o...

KTUL-TV

Connor Hansen

1 July 2019

Enid, Oklahoma, United States

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The Enid, Oklahoma police department has started using a service called RapidSOS to locate 911 calls coming from cell phones. Without the service, tracking where these calls come from can be a challenge, but RapidSOS ...

The Guardian

Robert Booth

10 June 2019

London, England, United Kingdom

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Communicating with volunteers via text message can be less intimating for young people than dialing a hotline. Mental Health Innovations, a UK-based charity, operates the Shout text hotline. The service is part of an ...

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Jared Lindzon

12 May 2019

Orlando, Florida, United States

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When loved ones undergo surgery, the more information that they have access to, the better supported they often feel. To increase efficiency while also improving information access, nearly 60 hospitals across the nati...

OZY

Laure Siegel

25 April 2019

Vietnam

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Community-based monitoring and communication systems allow farmers to monitor environmental threats in real time. Volatile weather patters have caused spikes in salinity, caused when there is an influx of salt water. ...

Apolitical

Amar Diwakar

23 April 2019

United Kingdom

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Enrolling parents in simple, scalable ways can improve early child learning outcomes. Building on a model used in the US state of California, firms in the UK are developing an SMS-based curriculum geared toward parent...

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