poverty

Security robots are being used to ward off San Francisco’s homeless population

Is it worse if a robot instead of a human is used to deter the homeless from setting up camp outside places of business? One such bot cop recently took over the outside of the San Francisco SPCA, an a

Wayra UK launches accelerator to tackle the ‘poverty premium’

Wayra, the Telefónica backed accelerator network, is launching a new startup program in the UK that aims to tackle the so-called 'poverty premium' -- whereby people on low incomes pay more for some

The progressive case for replacing the welfare state with basic income

It appears some establishment voices have picked up on a way of opposing the idea of the monthly citizen dividend of about $1,000 per month, known as universal basic income (UBI), in a way that succes

Hacking poverty through mobile tech and social entrepreneurship

In Silicon Valley the term “hacker” has evolved to connote high praise for someone particularly creative, ingenious and adept at finding clever new ways to accomplish a difficult task. And it’s

The Other Justin Keller Schools Tech Bro With Same Name On Homelessness In SF

Remember the tech bro who wrote an open letter imploring San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to make the homeless go away? His name is Justin Keller and that has caused quite a few social problems for another

Housing Activists Swarm Airbnb On Day Before The Vote On Prop F

A group of activists from the Coalition on Homelessness took over Airbnb headquarters in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco this afternoon to protest what they believe is a company at the root cau

HandUp, A Startup Combatting Homelessness, Is Setting An Example For The Tech Industry

On the heels of launching donation gift cards for the homeless, HandUp hosted a community outreach day this past Friday in San Francisco to continue to bring awareness to homelessness, as well as give

How The Digital Economy Can Help End Extreme Poverty

When I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recently as part of the U.S. government’s delegation to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, I was struck by how much the internationa

OLPC extends purchase program to the end of the year

Whatever the reason — lackluster sales or a true "outpouring of support from the public," according to Nicholas Negroponte — the One Laptop Per Child project will be extending it