To create an economical way for poor people to use cell phones to create and gather information in forms difficult for authoritarian governments to control
To create a micro-payment system to fund investigative news reports
To create an open-source version of VillageSoup’s successful community news software, combining professional journalism, blogs, citizen journalism, online advertising and “reverse publishing” from online to print. Goals: “Turning independent weekly newspaper companies and entrepreneurs into an imposing, lively, worldwide creative energy that is competitive with media company chains.”
Providing residents in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago with the tools to access and demand better data around issues important to them, like housing and education
To develop open-source software allowing "real-time advertising" that can be updated at any time by local business using social media
To enable radio stations to transmit over cellular phone networks and citizens to set up their own radio stations
For a tablet application that helps people easily record stories and oral histories, prompted by photos or videos on the screen
To create an easy-to-use open source "wiki" platform tailored to the needs of local communities
Providing up-to-date information on vacant properties so that communities can find ways to make tangible improvements to local spaces
Providing librarians and their patrons with tools and information to better understand their digital rights by scaling a series of privacy workshops for librarians.
To design and launch Open Humans Network, an online system that helps match people willing to share their health data with researchers who would benefit from access to more information, all with a focus on exploring new standards for open health data.
To provide a seamless, secure method for authenticating information and data sources online while maintaining the privacy of the identity of sender and receiver.