A man charges his phone during a demo of the JikoPower Spark prototype in Kisumu Kenya. (Courtesy photo)

‘Spark’ of Seattle idea to charge phones without electricity

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
The "Wall" at Facebook headquarters, where employees have been reprimanded for crossing out "Black Lives Matter." (Photo from Flickr by Quim Gil)

No really, Facebook has black friends!

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
Most Seattleites don't have a lot of choice when it comes to internet service provider. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Is internet access a social justice issue?

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
Pile of printer scrap outside on ground near New Territories junkyard in New Territories Hong Kong in March. (Photo by Basel Action Network via Flickr.)

Watchdog group tracks Seattle e-waste to Hong Kong junkyard

Laptops, monitors and other devices from Seattle and other parts of the country have been tracked to junkyards in developing countries.
May 11, 2016
Rolling rebellion sparks in Seattle to defend Internet and stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Photo by Rick Barry/Broken Shade Photo, republished under Creative Commons license, BY 2.0)

Are Facebook’s Free Basics for the developing world as great as they sound?

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
Morality police take down the name of a detained woman during a crackdown on "social corruption" in north Tehran in this June 18, 2008 file photo. (Photo by stringer for Reuters.)

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
A Syrian girl holds up a poster she drew “about how she recently helped someone using information or technology” during UW professor Karen Fisher’s workshop at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan in January 2015. (Photo courtesy of Karen Fisher, University of Washington Information School)

Syrian youth design dream apps at Za’atari Refugee Camp

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
Photo courtesy of Africatown Innovation Center.

Africatown initiative receives Seattle Human Rights Award

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
The Uber logo on a vehicle in San Francisco. (Photo by REUTERS / Robert Galbraith)

Should I stop using Uber?

With Uber drivers complaining of dismal hourly earnings, how should a well-meaning Seattleite get across town?
Sep 20, 2015
Screenshot of map from Columbia City Source.

3 more Seattle mapping projects to watch

Are Seattle mapping projects a thing? Yes, and here are three that overlap with our SEAchange project.
Jul 21, 2015
Paul Nyambe has gotten support from Fledge to develop his business, ZamGoat. He hopes to build a goat-meat market not only in Zambia but globally. (Jama Abdirahman)

New kind of accelerator boosts “fledgling” global startups

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
Peyton yawns and stretches as my sister Katie holds her during our first Skype conversation. (Screen grab by Janelle Retka)

Learning to bond between screens, across borders

As immigration and military deployment separate families across borders, many rely on social media to stay connected.
May 20, 2015
DJ TangQ hosts in studio dance party at Hollow Earth Radio (Photo by V. Nguyen)

Tiny radio stations a big tool against gentrification

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
Jane McGrane on her first trip to the US, in San Francisco in 1976. (Photograph courtesy of Jane McGrane)

Scottish in Seattle

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
Selam Zecharias, an intern at Facebook's Seattle office, is interviewed in the office "hot tub," About one percent of Facebook employees are African-American. (Photo by Ken Lamber / The Seattle Times)

Facebook’s first Habesha reflects on her refugee roots

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
Ferry docking into downtown Seattle (Photo courtesy of Paul Schultz

Should recent ferry accidents have Washington state passengers worried?

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
Protected African elephants at Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

From poop to ivory, how science can stop poaching

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
A car sports the unmistakable pink mustache of Lyft’s ridesharing service. (Photo courtesy of Lyft)

Five countries doing rideshares better than Seattle

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
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Facebook’s new gender identities exclude non-English Speakers

Last week, Facebook introduced 58 different gender identity options. But they're only available to U.S. English-speaking users.
Feb 20, 2014
Since 1992, Satya Nadella has brought Microsoft engineering expertise, business savvy, innovation and the ability to bring colleagues together, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (Photo from TechAttack.my)

India-born innovator Satya Nadella takes the helm at Microsoft

Yesterday was a historic day for Microsoft with Satya Nadella’s appointment as the company's new CEO.
Feb 5, 2014