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ICT – A force for good

There are so many stories of how damaging our digital lives can be, from promoting unrealistic lifestyle goals to the skewing of elections. So, this episode we are shifting the narrative. We’ll be taking a look at three applications that make a real difference to people’s lives. This where our impulse to perform random acts of kindness meets the power of AI.

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Information and communications technology has kept us in touch with one another over the pandemic. This episode we will be hearing from three projects who are carrying the benefit further, harnessing the power of easy access and global participation with people’s desire to belong and to help. Finding missing children, filtering fake from reliable news and helping visually impaired people navigate daily challenges, our three guests are working to improve our lives. Christian Erfurt, who launched his first healthcare start up while still in high school, is co-founder and CEO of Be My Eyes. Developed with support from the EU, the BEMYEYES project developed an app that pairs sighted volunteers with visually impaired users to solve real-time problems. We have all seen missing children flyers. But how best to move from paper notices to digital tools? Christos Ntanos, research director at the Decision Support Systems Laboratory of the National Technical University of Athens, tells us how the ChildRescue project, a collective awareness platform, is being used to find and rescue missing children. We are all affected by the spread of fake news, and the internet is like rocket fuel when it comes to the spread of mis information. So Francesco Saverio Nucci’s project FANDANGO is using AI to turn the tables, helping news agencies identify what looks suspicious.

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CORDIScovery, CORDIS, ICT, BEMYEYES, ChildRescue, FANDANGO, children, visually impaired, volunteers, fake news