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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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Need a Handbag or a Tie to Land Your First Job? Borrow One With a Library Card

The New York Times

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As the New York Public Library's career counseling offerings have grown, one of the most popular features has been an interview clothing rental service. Just as they might check out a book for a set period, patrons can now check out a piece of clothing or accessory for up to three weeks.

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Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women

Reuters

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Amazon trashed its automated resume-reviewing software after the company discovered that the software had taught itself to discriminate against women applicants. The situation shows the limits of machine learning in human resources.

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Ghetto Film School Trains Its Lens on Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

The New York Times

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Founded in the Bronx in 2000, the Ghetto Film School’s mission is to train a diverse student body in the skills of making narrative film. Eighteen years later, the school teaches classes in New York, Los Angeles, and London, and has become a pipeline for graduates to find work not only as directo...

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Kenya’s Government Is Evicting Indigenous People. Tech Helps Them Fight Back.

New York Magazine

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Kenya's indigenous communities are fighting the government's attempts to seize the land they live on using an app called This is My Backyard, or TIMBY. The app helps users to securely encrypt videos and pictures that can then be used for legal and publicity purposes, allowing community members to...

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This crowdsourced map helps people find the kind of bathroom they need

FastCompany

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Road trips are hard for people who have special needs when it comes to using the restroom, whether that be for health or gender or other reasons. Inspired to make a change after having a daughter with a specific type of illness, Christina Ingoglia, who has a GIS background, created a crowdsourced...

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Thousands of South Africans join GovChat

IOL Business Report

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GovChat is the world's first platform that connects citizens with politicians via WhatsApp. It allows citizens to rate public services and report issues, submit service requests, and donate to community organizations. Thousands of people registered and began using the platform within the first 72...

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