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Gathering and disseminating information in new and old media. These stories center on ways of storing, organizing, and sharing data and information, ranging from libraries and radio to social media and citizen journalism. Also included is the tech side: Applications software, telecommunications, and computer security.

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The ambitious effort to piece together America's fragmented health data

The Verge

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The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the health impacts it may have for different people prompted doctors from across the U.S. to create a national patient database to better study and understand how the virus interacts with other underlying conditions. Although the database itself is adaptab...

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Towson University professor aims to bolster local election security at voting sites

The Baltimore Sun

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More than 1,930 Maryland poll workers were trained to protect ballot integrity from security threats based on research about where those threats may come from. The program, one of the few in the country focused on election security at polling places themselves, was developed by a researcher inspi...

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In Rural Virginia, Remote Schoolwork Is Powered by the Sun

The Daily Yonder

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Louisa County schools in Virginia are delivering internet to students living in rural areas through solar-powered hot spots, built by the school's own students. The hotspot is powered by solar panels and receives internet connectivity through cellular or satellite means. Over 22 units have been p...

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'It's on the writers': How The Correspondent drives interaction between members and its journalists

Digiday

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To entice paying subscribers to its ad-free news site, and to spark informed discourse in its comments section, The Correspondent promotes an unusual degree of interaction between its journalists and readers and actively seeds discussions with experts’ comments. Unlike often-toxic discussion foru...

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How will Lithuania's contact-tracing app work?

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

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Lithuanian officials are launching a contact-tracing app to better trace the path of coronavirus cases and alert people when they have potentially been exposed. Although there have been delays in the roll-out of the app, other countries have already released the technology and have seen success i...

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With unemployment hotline overloaded and stimulus on hold, PA boosts chatbot 90x

Billy Penn

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Accessing information about unemployment compensation online just got easier for residents of Pennsylvania. The current chat box capacity is 500 but will be increased to 50,000 by the end of the year. The phone hotline currently receives about 20,000 daily calls and has been difficult to get thro...

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