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Indigenous Rights And Sustainability

Jan 27, 2015

In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein explains how Indigenous land rights are being used as a last stand in a number of battles to protect water and land from destructive extraction industries as well as the pipelines, train lines, shipping routes and terminals used to transport coal, gas and oil. These rights, conferred by treaty […]

Why I Love Hackathons

Why I Love Hackathons

Jan 14, 2015

Two weeks ago, my friend Omer Zak shared a blog post from Infotropism on his wall called Why I Don’t Like Hackathons by Alex Bayley aged 39 1/2. Whenever I see a post like this, I want to run to the person who wrote it and invite them to one of our hackathons because nearly […]

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Social Justice in Technology Policy

Jul 24, 2014

Today on Facebook, I read an excellent post by Praveen Sinha. The post talks about the problem of privilege in the area of law and policy making around technology. The gist of the post is that the people who are most likely to be hurt by bad technology policy are the ones least likely to […]

HOPEX Roundup Part 1

Jul 21, 2014

The GWOBorg descended upon New York City this weekend for H.O.P.E. X, the bi-annual hackers conference organized by the fine folks at 2600 Magazine. H.O.P.E. stands for Hackers On Planet Earth, one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world. It’s been happening every other year since 1994. Willow and Diggz gave […]

Fairshare Community Mobile

Jun 13, 2014

Last weekend in several cities around the globe, over 600 telephony application developers gathered for TADHack, the first global telephony application hackathon.  Before we get into recapping the event, a quick tutorial on how to properly pronounce a word that many, many people struggle with… Telephony  te·LE·pho·ny  tə-ˈle-fə-nē  listen So, now that we all know […]

Join us for TADHack in Madrid

Join us for TADHack in Madrid

Feb 26, 2014

This June in Madrid, Geeks Without Bounds will be curating a special humanitarian theme at TADHack, the Telephony Application Developer Hackathon.  TADHack is a global event, created and driven by the grassroots of the telecommunications industry to “help developers discover the latest ways to add communications to their application, services and business processes.” Many of the […]

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Is Open Source Safe for Civic Projects and Disaster Response?

Dec 9, 2013

For those of us who spend our lives working with open source software all the time, it seems like a strange thing to think that some people wonder if open source could possibly be as secure as proprietary software, especially for civic projects or disaster response projects, but for many people in government or NGOs, […]

Stop Hacking without specing: a Top 10 needed (Crossposted via

Nov 15, 2013

NOTE: This is cross posted (with permission from Heather Leson).  The original post can be found here Stop Hacking without specing: a Top 10 needed Posted in community, crisis, CrisisCommons, CrisisMappers, Geeks without Bounds, Humanitarian,Mappers, open data By Heather On November 15, 2013   Here we are again. It is the day before a mass of hackathons occur around the world. It is exciting and […]

Oklahoma Needs text via @Recovers_org #sms

May 25, 2013

“Effective immediately, survivors can text what they need to (405) 652-0949 and it will go into the needs database so that volunteers can contact them and meet the need. For example, a survivor can text “I need hot meals” to (405) 652-0949 and it will show up in this database as a need for all administrators to […]

H4D2 Two

Apr 22, 2013

In September 2012, a group of technologists and disaster response experts gathered together for the Hackathon for Disaster Response 2.0 (H4D2) at Aston University in Birmingham, England. This past weekend, April 12-14 2013, we gathered again to continue our work together. Four projects received special focus, with team members working collaboratively both within single projects […]