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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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Voting justice group Common Power turns to tech in time of COVID to reimagine outreach

Geekwire

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Common Power is a voting justice organization where volunteers conduct outreach to voters and lobby elected officials for things like widespread mail-in voting due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The group has prioritized creating a diverse workplace and offers year-round jobs to attract diverse candid...

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Northern Ireland's police transformation may hold lessons for the US

The Conversation

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With lessons for American police-reform advocates, the transformation of the Royal Ulster Constabulary – a militarized enforcer of inequality hated by the people of Northern Ireland – into an entirely new organization was founded on the necessity of community support. Neither easy nor simple, thi...

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When it comes to police oversight, many watchdogs lack teeth

CNN

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The most effective civilian oversight agencies that act as watchdogs over police discipline are empowered to conduct independent investigations, impose discipline on individual officers, and influence disciplinary policy. One of the strongest, in Oakland, forced the police chief out of office ove...

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9 Departments and Multiple Infractions for One New Jersey Police Officer

The New York Times

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New Jersey’s responses to police misconduct offer stark lessons in how certain failures can allow troubled officers to hop from job to job undetected. The state lacks a central database of police misconduct and remains one of only five states that cannot revoke an officer’s credentials because of...

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In Seattle, Protests Over Racial Equity Turn to Land Ownership

CityLab

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Over 1000 community members gathered to demand officials keep a 2016 promise to give a vacant publicly-owned fire station to the Africatown Community Land Trust. The station is in a historically Black and quickly gentrifying neighborhood and the trust wants to turn it into a resource center to de...

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