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In Mexico, the Basilica of Guadalupe offers a digital pilgrimage. It’s not the only holy site to do so.
Zimbabwe is experiencing a major gas shortage. Social media platforms like WhatsApp are countering its worst effects.
Researchers at Qatar University in Doha are programming robots to make autistic children feel more comfortable around other people.
The internet lives in big rooms full of giant cables. Two towns, 10,000 miles apart, carry the web through the ocean.
And they’re helping a region of Morocco recover from drought.
A small nonprofit is fighting Mexico’s big telecom companies and providing low-cost cell-phone service to the country’s indigenous groups.
Almost the entire moringa tree is edible (and it’s a “superfood”), it makes a great soap, and it thrives in the grim climates of the future.
Over the last ten years, the population of African elephants has decreased by 24 percent, mostly due to poachers.
On the “Sneakernet,” files and media are sold, physically, by street vendors. It’s often more efficient than using 3G or a low-speed broadband.
Cultural stigma around failure has led many in Berlin’s tech industry to avoid risk-taking behavior. Now, they’re trying to adopt a new mind-set.
A Q&A with scholar and programmer Xiaowei Wang on her upcoming book, Tech Goes Down to the Country.
This is a surprisingly difficult thing for urban developers to do.
Much of the world doesn’t have access to vaccines for one solvable reason: transportation logistics.
In 2012, three Indian politicians were forced to step down after they were caught watching porn during a session of Parliament.
Tepmachcha is an open-source flood detector designed for Cambodia.
In Azerbaijan, government-sponsored harassment drives dissidents off the internet.
Fake news stories spread like wildfire on messaging service WhatsApp — and there’s no easy way to stop it.
Researchers believe that sediment and silt from man-made lakes can turn deserts into forests.
With more than 5 million solar-home systems, all Bangladeshis need is a shared power grid. SolShare helps redistribute the surplus energy.
Rural communities around the world face problems getting access to treatment. These companies think they can close the gaps.
It’s way more than you think.
Apps like SafeCity and #WalkFreely help users around the world report locations of abuse and harassment.
Repairing ocean levels, rising temperatures, and pollution is another story.
Technologist and venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee talks WeChat, AI, and how the Chinese government finally encouraged entrepreneurship.
SaveMom is a new wearable app that helps expectant mothers in rural areas keep track of their and their baby’s health when doctors are far away.
At least two women have been arrested for accusing state officials of harassment.
Most farms in Ghana are small operations, and middlemen often take advantage. AgroCenta is a mobile platform that helps farmers avoid exploitation.
And they deliver medical resources to poor and rural hospitals during one of India’s worst blood shortages.
TIMBY is an encrypted app that helps Kenya’s Sengwer people report on escalating government violence.
Election monitors in more than 15 countries have used a text-messaging app to quickly and efficiently call out interference.
The conditions are perfect. So why isn’t it?
Uganda’s social media tax is just another way for the government to crack down on dissent. The country’s youth isn’t having any of it.
CGNet Swara delivers local news over the phone to residents of central India, where only 3 percent of residents have internet.
Tierras Indigenas gives Paraguayans the data over who rightfully owns land areas, and who has a claim to its use.
Over the next month, we’ll be exploring stories about how technology is being used around the world to make the planet better.