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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Startups advancing Online Activism of 167
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2.093.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 167 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 social tech startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 162 startups advancing online activism, get in touch.
TurnUp enables Youth Activism
Activists and protesters have always used various forms of communication like print media, letters, and banners. With advancements in telecommunications, multiple social media platforms have bloomed to facilitate networking among people. However, there is an increasing pattern of media refusal and hashtag activism, which limits the participation of enthusiastic activists. Thus, an independent online platform or app to connect people sharing ideas for social change and updated information on events/ campaigns results in successful impact networking.
US-based startup TurnUp builds an app to connect individuals and organizations to run campaigns for social change. The app interface provides details of campaigning events by location and users’ interests. Its scrolling news feed structure enables users to easily access resources on progressive issues and refine their activism skills. TurnUp also allows direct and group messaging between users to stay connected with the campaign groups. The app connects members of a campaign and facilitates users to share ideas on the campaign page and earn reward points. Further, the app allows users to send election reminders to friends and access voter registration links.
Activism Always develops a Social Media Listening Product
The decentralized internet and media enable individuals to share their opinion, ideas, and thoughts without any interventions. There is a huge amount of data on social media platforms concerning most issues. Every issue also has multiple facets and patterns depending on the group of people affected. There always exist extreme deviations and surprising correlations related to an incident. Thus, tools to analyze and organize the data from social media help organizations or/ businesses consolidate reports for their audience.
US-based startup Activism Always offers an eponymous social media listening product. The web-based platform segregates trending hashtags and keywords according to the user’s area of interest, especially the social media engagement data. Then, they analyze the data for hashtags, geographic distribution, user segmentation, and format a customized report with recommendations. Activism Always’ project, Black Lives Matter, Always, involved data collection, analysis, and natural language processing (NLP) of online content. The result was gaining deep insights into the movement life cycle and sentiment analysis.
Logically tackles Online Misinformation
The amount of data available in internet search engines is enormous and contains multiple true and delusive information on any news or incident. Due to the lack of time and zombie scrolling syndrome (ZSS), people often receive only a little information from fallacious news headlines. When the misinterpreted or fake news is shared, it amplifies the erroneous details and creates opposition to facts. Also, fake news and propaganda affect the mobilization of people for activism or campaigns. Startups decipher incorrect news from real ones to keep the larger public well-informed.
British startup Logically builds a holistic threat intelligence platform. The startup uses AI and open intelligence (OSINT) investigators to fact check and combat misinformation and deliberate disinformation online. The startup’s Logically Intelligence platform enables users to monitor, analyze, classify and detect damaging online activity. The Logically App provides AI-powered fact-checking and image verification in news. Further, the Logically Browser Extension warns users of unreliable and fake news sources and articles. It also identifies and hides toxic comments and content in social media based on personal preferences. In these ways, Logically AI enables governments, organizations, and businesses to mitigate harmful content in social media.
QOMON builds a Campaign Mobilization Platform
The success of a social impact campaign is determined by the volume of support and participation from the general public. The management of multiple variables for a campaign or movement is strenuous work. Organizing a team requires multiple sets of documentation and monitoring of tasks to conduct and direct followers. To aid such collaboration. Startups develop versatile digital tools to input, track, analyze, access, and visualize data related to the planning of campaign activities.
French startup QOMON provides a mobile app and web-based platform to mobilize people and data for a social cause or movement. The app’s digital organizing feature aids organizers of a campaign to canvas, track, control, and visualize the data, and measure the impact of their movement. Quorum’s people management feature accelerates the campaign by managing contacts, tasks and automates texts, emails to relevant people and also allows it to assign members with duties. The platform also offers data analytics and insights on the impact of a campaign.
Kaitiaki improves Online Child Safety
Besides providing reliable data on any subject, the internet is also filled with irrelevant and toxic data as well as cyberbullying. Moreover, inappropriate and harmful content online affects children, often unintentionally. As kids are increasingly exposed to the internet at an early age, it becomes the responsibility of parents to limit access to dangerous content freely available online. Automated tools that selectively restrict harmful and adult content for children aid both schools and parents to maintain safe spaces for kids online.
Italian startup Kaitiaki is an online platform created to analyze the behavioral patterns of children online. The startup fights cyberbullying, sexting, and hate speech that impacts children, in turn, supporting parents and schools. Kaitiaki’s K-SAFE app detects text in search, recognizes its risk patterns, and profiles anomalies. The platform also analyzes inappropriate content including videos, nudity, and violent phrases in a search. The tool functions autonomously and sends alerts to parents or profile managers when it detects suspicious content. The startup also offers K-EDU, an app to analyze the online behavior of students in educational institutions, and provides statistics to teachers to limit bullying and other risks.
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Startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on tackling deepfakes, decentralized internet, and improving access to the internet. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing social tech, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more social tech technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download one of our free Industry Innovation Reports to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.