6 Projects Harnessing Data To Do Good

There is now more data than we possibly know what to do with, but these organizations are using it to help keep people more informed and connected.

The Internet, fast Wi-Fi, and ever-improving computer processors have made it easier than ever for corporations, non-profits, and cities to harness large amounts of data to do everything from predicting terrorist attacks to studying urban heat traps via car sensors. But big data isn’t limited to closed-off organizations; there are plenty of initiatives working to open up data tools to the public, including the six winners of the Knight News Challenge: Data.

The challenge, which gave a total of $2.22 million to the winners, awarded "ideas that make the large amounts of information produced each day available, understandable and actionable." Here are the winners:

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