For much of Silicon Valley, 2017 felt like a nonstop parade of scandal and sin.
There was the decline of Uber, which blew itself up with missteps that included reports of rampant sexual harassment and executive misbehavior. There were troubles at Facebook, which became a lightning rod for failing to keep its platform safe from Russian propagandists and global extremists, and at Twitter and YouTube, which spent much of the year fighting to cleanse themselves of neo-Nazis, child exploiters and other undesirables.
But tech wasn't all bad this year. As many of Silicon Valley's largest companies were wreaking havoc, numerous people and organizations used technology to advance important causes and address large-scale problems.
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These projects do not always make headlines, but they show what's possible when technologists use their powers for good. So I'm presenting the first-ever Actually Good Tech Awards, to highlight a handful of tech efforts that produced real societal benefits this year.
Let's have more of these in 2018, and fewer behemoths behaving badly.