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Compassionate Cities

Compassionate Cities is a Council initiative to raise awareness about ways communities can reduce suffering and improve the lives of vulnerable populations through the use of digital technologies already being applied to solve other city challenges. Click here to learn more about the initiative – and scroll down for articles highlighting how technology is helping the homeless, the hungry, the disabled and other people in need around the world.

How volunteers' idle computing power helps scientists search for a Zika cure


Thousands of volunteers in cities around the world are using a free app to donate idle computing power to help find a Zika cure. The initiative, which runs on IBM's virtual crowd-sourced supercomputer, enables scientists to search for a critically needed anti-viral drug to combat the potentially deadly mosquito-transmitted virus.

Donation platform gives Chicago renters an easy way to support a local nonprofit


Amazon has its AmazonSmile program; grocers often ask for charitable contributions at checkout. Now owners of Chicago's largest rental property are making it easy for their residents to donate to charity when they pay their rent. Click for details (and share them with rental property owners in your town).

Vet homelessness down 47% since 2010. Is your city doing its part?


There's not often a lot of good news on the homeless front, but here's a figure to celebrate: Since 2010, the number of homeless vets in the U.S. has dropped 47% -- and 17% of that came in the past year. Find out what's working -- and get tools and benchmarks to help house homeless vets in your city.

Making smart cities more accessible for people with disabilities and the aging


Concern that the proliferation of smart cites will widen the gap between persons with disabilities, aging communities and the rest of the population is the impetus behind the global Defining Accessible Smart Cities Initiative. Learn more about the effort to infuse accessibility into smart cities programs.

Los Angeles moves to 'crack the code' on homelessness


That's how the city's new Senior Technology Advisor explains LA's work with Google to innovate on what she calls the most intractable issue the city faces – homelessness. Read about analytics work planned in the Angels Lab and what else is on LA's agenda to reduce its homeless population.

New data confirms America is falling way behind in sustainable development


The U.S. ranked No. 25 in the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index just released -- far behind world leaders and in some instances, faring worse than developing countries. Some argue the U.S. has been mostly a no-show on the SDG bandwagon.

The case for using technology to close Latin America's education gap


The most important competitive asset Latin America has is its youth – yet millions of young people in that region are not in school or at risk of dropping out. Read why Cisco Lat-Am exec Jordi Botifoll says digitizing education is the answer, and the path to innovation, inclusion, jobs and competitiveness.

Why we need better data and analytics to combat the opioid epidemic


With about 5% of the global population, the U.S. consumes 80% of the prescription opioids. And thousands die from opioid overdoses every year – a number that's climbing. What to do? Anyone involved in public health should read a compelling new SAS research brief that makes the case for better data and better analytics.