Legal aid in the U.K is in a crisis. Government funds that used to be available to people who couldn’t afford to go to court were eviscerated, according to lawyer Julia Salasky. She founded Crowdjustice, a crowdfunding platform where anyone can donate to fund civil cases involving a community interest that have been vetted by the site — such as disability discrimination or human rights case, or a fight to save nature from development. The first case on the site is against the oil company BP. If successful, this initiative will be another great example of the power of technology serving the public interest.