Supporting rescues, relief, and rebuilding in Canóvanas

By Kate HurowitzEditor’s note: Kate Hurowitz, an internal communications manager at Google, was a member of the NetHope team deployed to Puerto Rico and the team’s official storyteller. The headline of a yellowed news clipping hanging on the wall of the Emergency Operations Center in Canóvanas reads “Rescues in Canóvanas.” The accompanying picture shows Mayor … Continued

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Wow, it’s really bright up here!

By Lauren Woodman, CEOUnarguably, this was the most frequently uttered phrase from onstage presenters at the NetHope Global Summit 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. They said it as they peered out with squinty eyes, trying to connect with a hard-to-see audience in the Pan Pacific Crystal Ballroom.And, you know what? Nearly two weeks after the Summit, … Continued

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Why Are Women Less Likely to Own a Phone?

By Katie Highet, Technical Advisor, mSTAR, FHI 360 and Jonathan Dolan, Digital Inclusion Team Lead, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAIDMuch has been written about the gender gap in mobile phone usage, specifically on why women are less likely to have access to this technology than men; why women are less likely to be technically literate … Continued

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Laptops help prepare young refugees for vocational training

By Sybille FleischmannEight young refugees are working together on a class project at Nikolaus-Lehner-Schule, a public trade school in Dachau, Germany. They have pushed their tables together to form two groups. On their desks, the students have laid out large blueprints for a bathroom. Each of the young men has a small laptop on his … Continued

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‘We have a fighting spirit, and we have a lot of faith.’

By Kate HurowitzEditor’s note: Kate Hurowitz, an internal communications manager at Google, was a member of the NetHope team deployed to Puerto Rico and its official mission storyteller. On the night Maria hit, Emanuel Osoria and his wife slept in the living room of their 18th floor apartment. At about 2 a.m. they woke up … Continued

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Building partnerships to address privacy and security

By Mitch HulseAt last week’s NetHope Global Summit, technology leaders from leading global nonprofits came together to discuss the need for the community to address crucial challenges of data privacy and security. These discussions very often included candid reflections on the challenges these organizations have faced while striving to implement effective policies in the face … Continued

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