‘Spark’ of Seattle idea to charge phones without electricity
by Sarah Stuteville
The JikoPower Spark, tested and incubated at UW, is a Mad Max-looking metal cup that can charge phones without electricity, using only the heat of a fire.
Dec 2, 2016
No really, Facebook has black friends!
by K.D. Senior
Does it violate Facebook community standards to repost racist messages you're sent on the through the site? Black users say they're being banned for it.
Oct 31, 2016
Is internet access a social justice issue?
by Reagan Jackson
Fifteen percent of Seattle households don't have internet access and many more are stuck in the slow lane. Is it time to make internet a public utility?
Oct 26, 2016
Watchdog group tracks Seattle e-waste to Hong Kong junkyard
by Venice Buhain
Laptops, monitors and other devices from Seattle and other parts of the country have been tracked to junkyards in developing countries.
May 11, 2016
Are Facebook’s Free Basics for the developing world as great as they sound?
by Kirsten O'Brien
A recent ban in India on Facebook's Free Basics and similar services has reignited dialogue on net neutrality and Internet access equity.
Feb 29, 2016
New app helps Iranians dodge morality police
Gershad users tag checkpoints in Iran set up by morality police, who enforce Islamic dress and behavior codes, often targeting women.
Feb 12, 2016
Syrian youth design dream apps at Za’atari Refugee Camp
by Christina Twu
With everything refugee families lost fleeing Syria, a new tech solution may offer Syrian youth a way to connect their pasts with brighter futures.
Feb 10, 2016
Africatown initiative receives Seattle Human Rights Award
by Mahroo Keshavarz
As black residents and businesses get priced out of the Central District, Africatown Innovation Center ensures black lives benefit from Seattle's tech boom.
Dec 9, 2015
Should I stop using Uber?
by Ana Sofia Knauf
With Uber drivers complaining of dismal hourly earnings, how should a well-meaning Seattleite get across town?
Sep 20, 2015
3 more Seattle mapping projects to watch
by Goorish Wibneh
Are Seattle mapping projects a thing? Yes, and here are three that overlap with our SEAchange project.
Jul 21, 2015
New kind of accelerator boosts “fledgling” global startups
by Sarah Stuteville
These entrepreneurs aren’t promoting apps and gadgets. They’re pitching businesses that will further development of their home countries — from Argentina to Zambia
Jun 5, 2015
Learning to bond between screens, across borders
by Janelle Retka
As immigration and military deployment separate families across borders, many rely on social media to stay connected.
May 20, 2015
Tiny radio stations a big tool against gentrification
by Anna Goren
Thirteen new low-power fm community radio stations will be hitting the airwaves around Puget Sound this year, offering underrepresented populations an unprecedented slice of the media pie.
Feb 19, 2015
Scottish in Seattle
by Clare McGrane
When was the last time you saw a cow? If you lived in Kilmaurs, Scotland, the answer would probably be “this morning.” The town of just over 2,600 people is ringed by dairy farms, manure-filled fields, and cows, making them part of residents’ everyday life.
Dec 26, 2014
Facebook’s first Habesha reflects on her refugee roots
by Sarah Stuteville
With the help of an innovative internship program, Eritrean refugee Selam Zecharias found a place in a Seattle tech world dominated by white men.
Nov 21, 2014
Should recent ferry accidents have Washington state passengers worried?
by Jack Truitt
For many of us Washingtonians, ferries conjure up sentimental thoughts of trips to the San Juan Islands or images of ferries humming along Puget Sound with the Seattle skyline or Olympic Mountains behind them. But the recent ferry accident in South Korea killing almost 300 passengers and another capsizing in Bangladesh remind us that as safe as […]
May 19, 2014
From poop to ivory, how science can stop poaching
by Mónica Feliú-Mójer
Every year as many as 50,000 elephants are killed in Africa for the illegal ivory trade. If this trend continues, African elephants could be extinct within a decade. An increasing demand for ivory in emerging markets like China — where ivory is considered a sign of wealth — has led to the killing of more […]
Apr 16, 2014
Five countries doing rideshares better than Seattle
by Shirley Qiu
A Seattle City Council decision will cap the number of cars for rideshare companies, but in these five countries, the model is thriving.
Feb 28, 2014
Facebook’s new gender identities exclude non-English Speakers
by Atoosa Sonia Moinzadeh
Last week, Facebook introduced 58 different gender identity options. But they're only available to U.S. English-speaking users.
Feb 20, 2014