Article: Call for Code Global Challenge 2021: How innovators can help combat climate change with IBM’s open source-powered technology

Energy, Food, Innovation, Open Provisioning, Open Space, Water

Call for Code Global Challenge 2021: How innovators can help combat climate change with IBM’s open source-powered technology

Over the last 130 years, the temperature of the planet Earth has risen by 0.85 degree Celsius, and each passing decade over the last 30 years has been warmer than the previous decade. Climate change is considered to be one of the gravest threats that the planet is facing today. Its effect on weather events, sea levels, and human health and natural ecosystems are already being felt across the world and has spurred a dialogue about the way forward.

While the startup ecosystem has been leveraging technology and innovation over the past few years to build impactful solutions, there’s a long way to go. To that end, the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge aims to galvanise use of innovation to discover potential solutions which can mitigate the effects of the climate crisis.

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Article: CDC announces the launch of Access Insights Platform, democratizing open-source data

Access, Geospatial, Open Data, Open Decision-Support

CDC announces the launch of Access Insights Platform, democratizing open-source data

CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution (DFI) and impact investor, is pleased to announce the Access Insights Platform (AIP) launch – an open-source data visualisation tool delivering key insights that enable businesses across multiple sectors to make data-informed decisions. The platform has been developed by Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors and is funded by CDC Plus, CDC Group’s technical assistance and support facility.

Tackling the challenge of handling data effectively and efficiently – the AIP aggregates key data sets, including geospatial mapping, census data, and business intelligence, on an easy-to-use public-facing tool. AIP’s geospatial module contains statistics that observe economic activity, population density, demographics, household assets and more.

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Article: Crypto Climate Accord will shift cryptocurrency industry to 100% renewable energy by 2030

Energy, Money, Open Governance, Open Source

Crypto Climate Accord will shift cryptocurrency industry to 100% renewable energy by 2030

Cryptocurrency is so hot it might melt the polar ice caps. But a new group dubbed the Crypto Climate Accord is debuting today as a way to head off that particular apocalypse.

The group is a private sector initiative aimed at making the cryptocurrency industry 100% renewable in energy consumption by 2030. The group is a partnership of Energy Web, RMI, and the Alliance for Innovative Regulation (AIR). The group brings together parties including CoinShares, ConsenSys, Web 3, Ripple, the United Nations, and others who want sustainable blockchain and crypto technology.

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Article: A global internet supervising organ is needed under auspices of UN

Access, Open Decision-Support, Open Governance, Open Source, Standards

A global internet supervising organ is needed under auspices of UN

The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the significance of global coordination. As the agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health, the World Health Organization (WHO) has played an indispensable role in coordinating global efforts in the fight against the disease.

The pandemic has made the world realized that the digital space built on the internet has become a major living space of mankind which also awaits an international coordination agency – like the WHO for public health – to deal with issues like digital divide, cyber-attack and disinformation.

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Article: A 10 Year Vision: Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management

Geospatial, Open Data

A 10 Year Vision: Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) recently published their second edition of Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management. I blogged about the first edition here. Below are some of the excerpts I found interesting or noteworthy. The report itself is a 50-page document (PDF 7.1Mb).

  • The integration of smart technologies and efficient governance models will increase and the mantra of ‘doing more for less’ is more relevant than ever before.

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