Turning Trash into Health Care in Indonesia

Like many developing countries around the world, Indonesia is faced with a difficult and growing garbage problem. Trash leads to illness and diminished quality of life, and many Indonesians must also cope with the high cost of health care. In 2010, a doctor named Gamal Albinsaid devised a new idea to help people access badly needed health insurance and manage their waste and sanitation.

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The Technology Trap: I Spy Black Market Logging

Actors at the institutional level and the NGO level are utilizing technology in different ways to track illicit logging activity in the Global South, and they are depending on local populations to help them do it. Read more to learn how a US-based NGO manipulated a cellphone to trap loggers and funded the whole thing (and them some!) on Kickstarter.

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Guerilla Phone Technology for the Global South

Bringing mobile phone access to the world’s most remote communities is a two-fold challenge. These areas lack basic infrastructure and developing it is costly. Major telecoms are reticent to invest in these communities because the low number of customers means they are unlikely to make a profit. Range Networks, a company based in San Francisco, uses open source software and …

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