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UK trust spotlights Raspberry Pi, Bitcoin and Kickstarter for ‘inspiring social change’

A UK trust has unveiled a global list celebrating 100 of "the world's most inspiring social tech ventures," that features Raspberry Pi, Kickstarter and Bitcoin.

The Nominet Trust 100 (NT100), running in its first year, aims to draw attention to people and organisations that are "using digital technology to change the world for the better."

The list was curated by Charlie Leadbeater, a leading authority on innovation and creativity, with 'inspiration' named as the key criterion for those candidates chosen.

Raspberry Pi, the palm-sized computer designed to promote the teaching of computer science in school, was called "many innovations in one," praised for its ability to open up basic programming to new generations, as well as "providing an ultra low cost computer in the developing world."

The virtual currency Bitcoin was commended for "prompting to rethink what money is," while Kickstarter is credited as a "democratising force in many different markets."

Wikileaks is also included on the list, which admits that it is "not everyone's cup of tea," though the controversy surrounding it is called "an unfortunate diversion from the way that Wikileaks, at its best created a new model for combining investigative journalism and whistle blowing for the digital age, in the name of transparency, free speech and a better government."

In a blog post accompanying the list, Nominet CEO Annika Small said, "The Nominet Trust 100 (or NT100) is designed to celebrate the people who are using digital technology to change the world for the better.

"The NT100 does not seek to be a definitive list. Instead, we hope that it will prompt conversation and debate. We want to create a dynamic resource that serves to inspire and accelerate the use of digital technology as a tool for significant social change."