In Technical.ly’s past dozen years of reporting on technology communities, we’ve long noted the helpers — people using their expertise to advance some social good. And over the past year, especially, folks from all industries have stepped up to support those in need while simultaneously navigating blows to their own normal.
May’s editorial calendar theme, Tech for the Common Good, focuses on the ways local technologists are bringing the benefits of technology to more people. You can expect extra stories on community-minded tech development, digital access issues, the ethics of advanced technology and the like. Think of it as the intersection of our Software Development and Access reporting categories.
In our reporting this month, look, too, for check-ins on early-pandemic open data projects (especially those featured in Healthcare Technologies Month of April 2020), profiles of technologists working in civic tech or local government, features on companies developing products to advance a social mission, and stories on social entrepreneurship trends.
We’ll be asking: How can technologists best work alongside communities to roll out new technologies that benefit them? What policies are being discussed to increase digital access to more people? And, specifically related to last year’s many COVID-19 data and PPE pop-up projects: One year later, what did creators learn, and what would advice would they give to others looking to help in the next crisis? Did their work make a difference? And what was it like to build something out of timely necessity in extreme circumstances vs. for general use?
Some related stories we’ve published recently:
- What does a pandemic mean for the internet?
- These are first 6 projects of the Delaware Data Innovation Lab
- Two Georgetown startups launched a COVID-19 testing locator website
- Project Waves connected this Baltimore resident to community-based internet
- Azavea volunteers are working on this COVID Care Map showing US health system capacity needs
- Surveillance tech and cyber attacks are commonplace. Here’s where they show up in daily life
Are you an expert we should talk to, or do you know of one? Is there a report we need to read to better explain this topic? Want to write a first-person guest post about your relevant experience, or to share some relevant resources? Let us know: