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Odette Chalaby

20 November 2017

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Knowledge about sex, drugs and violence is alarmingly low in Argentina and surrounding areas, which has caused the government and other organizations to step in. Hablemos de Todo is an interactive online resource that...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Manasi Gopalakrishnan

23 October 2017

Germany

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Germany has identified a problem with refugees hearing lies about migrating to Germany, often from traffickers who just want to make money. 'Rumours about Germany' is a website for migrants to get the truth about Germ...

Quartz

Karen Hao

11 October 2017

United States

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Tech platforms are trying to find a way to battle hate speech while guarding free speech. Various sites have found success by using design elements to de-incentivize incivility, and are promoting more constructive deb...

Boyle Heights Beat

Rosario Bonilla

14 September 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Two Latina entrepreneurs in Los Angeles teamed up to build Shop Latinx, an Instagram and web platform that makes it easy to support Latinx-owned businesses. The platform has amassed over 13,000 followers in its first ...

The New York Times Magazine

Charles Duhigg

23 July 2017

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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After years of building a reputation for sexism in their office culture and commercials, GoDaddy has taken steps to address these issues and change course. Initiatives include changes in the hiring process, evaluation...

Pitchfork

Joel Oliphint

3 August 2016

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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As popular music has become digital and immaterial in the twenty-first century, record stores are hard to find and those in business struggle to be commercially viable. Used Kids record store in Columbus, OH has been...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

3 August 2016

Paris, France

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France’s cities, including Paris, are among the world’s most expensive to live in. In 2015, France passed rent control laws that restrict outlandish rent increases through the Rent Observatory that oversees the differ...

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

29 June 2016

Toledo, Ohio, United States

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"A social secretary for people who have been deprived of the forms of communication that are now ubiquitous almost everywhere except for prisons," Renea Royster is part of a network of organizations (including Pigeonl...

GeekWire

Lisa Stiffler

29 June 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The homeless population in Seattle is in a crisis of high proportions, with people facing a myriad of challenges. Different organizations have started to better integrate technology such as social media in addressing ...

The Post Crescent

Rory Linnane

17 March 2016

Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States

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Fifty-one counties in the state of Wisconsin do not have child psychiatrists to provide counseling because most of them live in widely populated urban areas. Wisconsin psychiatrists now are offering telepsychiatry, w...

The Post Crescent

Rory Linnane

17 March 2016

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States

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Wisconsin confronts a lack of psychiatrists, in particular those who specialize in working with children. The state has begun a telepsychiatry program that enables a psychiatrist to counsel children in remote rural ar...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Joyce Hackel

26 August 2015

Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate, Syria

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In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International C...

The New York Times

Erik Eckholm

11 August 2015

United States

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Prisons in the United States are overcrowded with many non-violent offenders and the cost to keep them in jail consumes public budgets. Criminal justice reform has attracted bipartisan interest with diverse proposals ...

Bright Magazine

Kathryn Joyce

31 March 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Colorful volumes of books have aided teaching for centuries; however, the scope of engagement in the internet age demands newer methods for pedagogy. Pinterest, a social media-constructed visual bulletin board, has be...

Christian Science Monitor

Peter Ford

Sara Miller Llana

18 February 2015

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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Teenagers around the world are at risk of indoctrination by Islamic extremism and volunteering to fight for the Islamic state. Different European nations seek to make Islamic extremism unattractive to youth by bolster...

The Washington Post

Sarah Kliff

25 October 2013

Kentucky, United States

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Accessible affordable health care is needed for millions of uninsured Americans. The Affordable Care Act is a viable solution that helps the uninsured. Although the launching of the website had some glitches, many st...

WNYC

Manoush Zomorodi

16 October 2013

New York, New York, United States

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent ...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

4 September 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Sexual assault, rape, and sexism are social problems that young women face and many feel powerless to create change. Non-profit organizations such as SPARK and WAM have trained teenage girls to be advocates for thems...

Sojourners

Catherine Woodiwiss

28 May 2013

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Clergy abuse in the Catholic church has been rampant and was often swept under the rug. Until Barrett Doyle and others started 'Bishop Accountability' to keep a record of clergy abuse, and a support group and blog hav...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 December 2011

Guinea

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“For many tiny, endangered languages, digital technology has become a lifeline.” Phones, the web, software systems, these are all technologies being employed to keep heritage languages alive.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

31 March 2011

United States

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New crowdfunding options can help even the smallest donor's contributions to have a meaningful impact, bolstering a sense of personal involvement, maximizing knowledge about causes, and inspiring greater participation.

Inside Climate News

Maria Gallucci

28 March 2011

Reno, Nevada, United States

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In a campaign to boost community interest in and use of urban wind power, city officials in Reno, Nevada, are helping consumers take the guesswork out of buying home turbines. Through an online consumer guide called t...

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