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Welcome to Untold World – a new section on BBC Future

In this new series, the BBC taps into its global network of reporters to reveal how science and technology affects the most under-reported communities in the news.

So often, technology news is the same thing over and over: headlines about Silicon Valley juggernauts, breathless updates about the latest smartphone, bleak forecasts of robots snatching away our livelihoods.

But all over the world, advances in science and technology are directly affecting under-reported communities – changing how people live, work and interact with one another.

Technology triggers seismic societal shifts on a continual basis, so it’s important to know where this is happening

That’s why we’re launching Untold World: a new section of BBC Future that will highlight the inspiring humans in every corner of the globe who are harnessing new technologies to improve their lives – or grappling with the disruption and challenges that the same technology thrusts upon them.

Today on Untold World, we’ve assembled the best of our archive stories in this vein, and in the coming months we’ll be publishing fresh, on-the-ground reporting from around the globe.

For starters, we’ll be focusing on a group of all-female professional video gamers in China – overcoming sexism in the nation’s booming billion-dollar e-sports industry. Then we’ll have a dispatch from Somaliland, the semi-desert territory in eastern Africa that’s a surprising pioneer for digital payments, poised to become Earth’s first truly cash-free society. Later, we’ll examine how one Indian company is plastering karaoke-style subtitles on Bollywood TV and films to promote adult literacy.

In this day and age, in which technology triggers seismic societal shifts on a continual basis, it’s important to know where this is happening – and to whom it’s happening to.

Join us as we tap into our international team of correspondents, who will bring articles and videos taking you closer to real people whose lives are being transformed by technology. We’ll feature dispatches from far-flung locales and from your own backyard – all with the depth of trusted, global reporting that only the BBC provides.

It’s a big world out there. We’re making sure the important stories don’t go untold.