Cocoa Honey: A Sweet Good-bye

Cocoa Honey: A Sweet Good-bye

If sustained this may gradually wean the rural population even in disadvantaged regions like Brazil’s Northeast off their dependence on state support.One thing has not changed in my evaluation of the productive alliance concept three years after my first visit: the role of local leadership.

Supposedly "Fair" Algorithms Can Perpetuate Discrimination

Supposedly "Fair" Algorithms Can Perpetuate Discrimination

Thus began the contentious career of the notion of “actuarial fairness,” an idea that would spread in time far beyond the insurance industry into policing and paroling, education, and eventually AI, igniting fierce debates along the way over the push by our increasingly market-oriented society to define fairness in statistical and individualistic terms rather than relying on the morals and community standards used historically.

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

(Also worth noting: Live Transcribe only works with an internet connection, which is needed to access the cloud-based transcription service; Sound Amplifier, on the other hand, runs locally on devices.) Apple, Google’s only real competitor in mobile operating systems, has rolled out its own array of impressive features aimed at the blind and deaf community, and most are built directly into Apple’s operating systems.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

“Hi Ashton Kutcher (or the person who hacked his Twitter account)”—look, I may have been throwing words into the void but I didn’t want to look gullible —“my name is Caitlin Kelly and I’m a journalist at Wired Magazine.

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

Using free satellite data from the UN, PlantVillage can monitor biomass on a plot of land, giving small-scale farmers insight into how their crops are developing.

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

Despite a flurry of stories in the media about people losing their insurance and leaving the area, Mark Sektnan, president of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, told me, “We’re not seeing a trend.” Insurance prices are increasing in some places, but California doesn’t allow insurers to jack up premiums based on recent disasters, and nearly everyone can find home insurance if they want it, he said.

Tumblr’s Porn Bloggers Eye Pillowfort and Dreamwidth

Tumblr’s Porn Bloggers Eye Pillowfort and Dreamwidth

“Even those who have their primary hangout elsewhere use us as a permanent redirect to wherever they're socializing most," she says, "because after ten years, people are beginning to trust that we mean it when we say we're planning to be around for the long haul.”Not Ready for PrimetimePillowfort, on the other hand, looks a lot like Tumblr, but it can’t yet handle the traffic that comes along with popularity.Baritz created Pillowfort in 2016 to be exactly what disaffected Tumblr bloggers are now in search of: an open-minded site that can host images and videos; allows reblogging, commenting, and community building; encourages a strong artistic bent; and doesn’t censor NSFW content.

Evidence Principles for Sustainability Challenges

Evidence Principles for Sustainability Challenges

Using a medical standard to assess evidence on environment outcomes, for example, would mean ignoring much available evidence (for instance, studies that are observational rather than experimental), reducing the ability to choose among interventions and likely missing key insights about whether and where an intervention will lead to the desired change.

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

We eventually found scores of American-veteran-focused Facebook pages producing politically polarizing content from outside the United States.Vietnam Veterans of America produced a report on our earliest findings for 11 committees in Congress and a host of alphabet agencies.

These Professional Portraits of Animals Evoke Human Emotion

These Professional Portraits of Animals Evoke Human Emotion

But what was most challenging during the Kingdom shoots was Ford's inability to direct the animals."Working with animals is different in the sense that I feel the power of a tiger or the intuitive nature of a horse," Ford says.

The Infinite Lifespan of Memes

The Infinite Lifespan of Memes

One of the more famous reworks—with over 50 million loops—features one young Vine user volleying the question to his grandmother, to which she deadpans: "They are my Crocs." In February of this year, the meme reached peak zeitgeist when the line was featured in Black Panther.

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

The Camp Fire comes just a year after the second most destructive blaze, the Tubbs Fire, struck the city of Santa Rosa to the south of Paradise, leveling 5,500 structures and killing 22.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate Change“How could this happen?” says Stephen Pyne, a fire researcher at Arizona State University.

The rise of local mapping communities

The rise of local mapping communities

OpenDRI started its work with OSM by supporting the growth of local mapping communities in  Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, including through the Open Cities Project.

A say on the sea shore

A say on the sea shore

“The Guidance provides methods that can be used for decision making under deeply uncertain conditions about the future, such as how fast sea level will rise, or how community coping capacity and vulnerability will change,” says Dr Stephens.

Thousands of protesters challenge Democratic governor at climate summit

Thousands of protesters challenge Democratic governor at climate summit

California’s status as a progressive bastion on climate change action has been challenged by activists who attempted to barricade the way to a major summit in San Francisco and decried the oil and gas drilling they say is blighting the health of low-income and minority communities.

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

As geographers, we believe story maps can also help people better understand such complex global issues as human rights, climate change and refugee resettlement. In 2016, University of Washington professor Jin-Kyu Jung, working with Ecuadorian subsistence farmers, used Post-It notes to facilitate a community discussion on climate change.

Want to solve the world’s problems? Try working together across disciplines

Want to solve the world’s problems? Try working together across disciplines

An article published in Science last year diagnosed the real problem of climate change in this way: “Experiencing the self as separate from nature is the foundation of humanity’s damaged relationship to planetary resources.” The only real solution to the climate problems facing our planet is to change mindsets, an approach that requires a complex understanding of all the ways that individuals and institutions interact with the natural world.

Climate change making drought worse, farmers' federation chief says

Climate change making drought worse, farmers' federation chief says

The president of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, has declared that climate change is making drought worse in Australia and says tiptoeing around the subject does not do regional communities any good.

Technology can help Afghanistan better manage its natural disasters

Technology can help Afghanistan better manage its natural disasters

Based on the hazard map, community members have now identified and proposed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures designed to mitigate the effects of specific natural hazards. Table 1: Combined community-proposed disaster risk mitigation measures in Guldara

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Culture is important for the rebuilding in a post-disaster setting, to help the community recover. What’s the role of culture during post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction processes? While divided, the two communities are making joint efforts to safeguard and restore cultural heritage that matters to both.

Five actions for disability-inclusive disaster risk management

Five actions for disability-inclusive disaster risk management

In advance of the Global Disability Summit, and drawing on a recent report titled “Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management” from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and the Recovery (GFDRR) and the World Bank, here are five actions that development institutions, governments, and other key stakeholders can take to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind in the aftermath of a disaster.

The potential of the Blue Economy

The potential of the Blue Economy

Together with the United Nations and other partners, we are looking forward to working with member states and other stakeholders to respond to existing challenges and to design a way forward that allow for sustainable economic growth making the most from the oceans – building on the experience with green growth – including in unique areas such as the Galápagos Islands.