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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 problem with Facebook's plan to sign up 4 million voters

FastCompany

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In the past decade, Facebook's US voter engagement campaigns included registration and election-day reminders for its 61 million 18+ users and sharing friends’ voting behavior. One study attributes hundreds of thousands of more votes to these election campaigns, with friends’ voting behavior the ...

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How countries without governments are relying on WhatsApp to tackle COVID-19

Apolitical

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Digital platforms allow Syrian doctors living abroad to assist over-burdened local doctors deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Conflict has severely limited Syria's health services, so NGOs use online platforms like Zoom and WhatsApp to allow Syrian doctors abroad to provide consultations, deliver t...

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San Quentin's Breakthrough Prison Newsroom

Politico

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San Quentin Prison's media created by the men incarcerated there have gone beyond rehabilitation of individuals to a broader mission of promoting criminal justice policy reform by reframing the narrative about those who have committed crimes and the system's inequities. Through San Quentin News, ...

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They bonded over bagels and lox, then Covid-19 hit. Now this 82-year-old and his millennial friend bond over Zoom

CNN

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DOROT is a non-profit organization that matches seniors with younger adult volunteers for social visits to combat isolation and loneliness and to promote intergenerational friendships. Many of the seniors are widowers and social isolation can lead to negative health consequences. The organization...

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How 12 Teens Who'd Never Met Before Organized Honolulu's Black Lives Matter Protest

Honolulu Civil Beat

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Twelve Honolulu high school students, who had only ever met online, used social media to organize a Black Lives Matter protest that drew over 10,000 people. The teens used online forums to communicate about their goals for the protest and also to provide details to the public regarding the march'...

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Streaming into the void

Montana Free Press

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Many Montana musicians are holding virtual streaming events to deal with the financial and psychological impact of canceled music events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Early events were well attended, with up to 100 people, and brought in more money than they would have earned playing at local bar...

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