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From a horse ride in the US in the 18th century to a chain of cell phone calls in the 21st century: How information spreads? What can we learn from these cases beyond the technology?

From a horse ride in the US in the 18th century to a chain of cell phone calls in the 21st century: How information spreads? What can we learn from these cases beyond the technology?

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In response to the internet black-out during the 2011 Egypt protests, a small group of engineers developed a service which allowed anyone to send messages over twitter without an internet connection

In response to the internet black-out during the 2011 Egypt protests, a small group of engineers developed a service which allowed anyone to send messages over twitter without an internet connection

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Mobile phone companies must utilize location data to push amber alerts to phones.  Could similar push emergency feature be added to phones where user can send alert and needs password to deactivate?

Mobile phone companies must utilize location data to push amber alerts to phones. Could similar push emergency feature be added to phones where user can send alert and needs password to deactivate?

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Syria tracker is a tool that allows people to report deaths, diseases, food tampering and more.  It offers users suggestions on how to keep their reports private using special technologies like Tor and more.

Syria tracker is a tool that allows people to report deaths, diseases, food tampering and more. It offers users suggestions on how to keep their reports private using special technologies like Tor and more.

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Probably every conflict is fought on at least two grounds: (1) the battlefield and (2) the minds of the people via propaganda. Awareness of manipulation via propaganda (an anti-propaganda campaign) is a key to prevention. See also: Rwanda case study.

Probably every conflict is fought on at least two grounds: (1) the battlefield and (2) the minds of the people via propaganda. Awareness of manipulation via propaganda (an anti-propaganda campaign) is a key to prevention. See also: Rwanda case study.

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Riders (motorbike riders) work to ensure health workers in Africa can access reliable transportation to reach isolated people with regular, predictable health care.

Riders (motorbike riders) work to ensure health workers in Africa can access reliable transportation to reach isolated people with regular, predictable health care.

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Many have trouble communicating their experiences with fear and pain. Not only do we often lack the actual language to express what is going on, but we find barriers to communication at every turn -- barriers to empathy and being understood.

Many have trouble communicating their experiences with fear and pain. Not only do we often lack the actual language to express what is going on, but we find barriers to communication at every turn -- barriers to empathy and being understood.

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During a visit to a Darfur refugee camp, two Human Rights Watch representatives gave children paper and crayons while their parents were being interviewed. View the video (also in the challenge resources) to see what they drew.

During a visit to a Darfur refugee camp, two Human Rights Watch representatives gave children paper and crayons while their parents were being interviewed. View the video (also in the challenge resources) to see what they drew.

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Marina Abramović is an artist who began her career in 1970s and has been called the "grandmother of performance art." Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

Marina Abramović is an artist who began her career in 1970s and has been called the "grandmother of performance art." Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

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Fire must be one of the earliest media for long-distance communication – as smoke signals, bonfires, fireworks… It's also often a sign of distress, and an attention-getter if ever there was one. If only we knew to use our techy tools to look for it.

Fire must be one of the earliest media for long-distance communication – as smoke signals, bonfires, fireworks… It's also often a sign of distress, and an attention-getter if ever there was one. If only we knew to use our techy tools to look for it.

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In her TED Talk, Kakenya Ntaiya, a Kenyan Maasai, speaks of the cultural practices (including female circumcision)  she navigated as a child in order to attend school. Great insight from a victim and her perception of the atrocity during and after.

In her TED Talk, Kakenya Ntaiya, a Kenyan Maasai, speaks of the cultural practices (including female circumcision) she navigated as a child in order to attend school. Great insight from a victim and her perception of the atrocity during and after.

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Google Dengue Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate current dengue activity around the world in near real-time, this is visualised on the map you can see in the image.

Google Dengue Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate current dengue activity around the world in near real-time, this is visualised on the map you can see in the image.

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