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The Guardian

Peter Yeung

20 November 2020

Paris, France

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Cities across France are using citizens’ assemblies, where a diverse group of citizens study important issues and make policy recommendations. In Paris, 150 citizens spent nine months working on the climate convention...

The New York Times

Blacki Migliozzi

Ashley Southall

Ali Watkins

15 November 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York City established its Civilian Complaint Review board in 1993 to strengthen its police-discipline system, a response to complaints that police officers rarely were punished for harassment and brutality, especi...

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Shannon Bond

12 November 2020

United States

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To reduce the spread of disinformation, Twitter labeled about 300,000 tweets with warnings that they contained "disputed and potentially misleading" information about the election between October 27 and November 11. T...

Christian Science Monitor

Lindsey McGinnis

9 November 2020

London, United Kingdom

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The Tyre Collective, a project by four recent graduate students in London, is seeking to capture vehicle tire pollution, the microplastics that go into the air from the friction of tires. They have been developing a d...

The Daily Tar Heel

Kathryn Goodwin

8 November 2020

United States

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MyVote organized over 300 student volunteers, mostly in high school, to research candidates and their policies so that voters could have a “one-stop-shop” platform to learn about policy platforms of candidates running...

The New York Times

Kevin Roose

5 November 2020

United States

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Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites defended against election-related disinformation campaigns by quickly identifying and removing fake accounts and putting labels and warnings on posts that made false cla...

The New York Times

Kate Conger

Daisuke Wakabayashi

Mike Isaac

4 November 2020

United States

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Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube implemented pre-planned measures that limited the ability to use their sites to spread election-day disinformation. Twitter quickly added warning labels to election day tweets from polit...

Poynter

Cristina Tardáguila

4 November 2020

Brazil

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Electronic voting, used in 25 countries, has proven safe and efficient. In Brazil, with about 150 million voters, the 2018 presidential results were announced just over two hours after polls closed. Election officials...

Yes! Magazine

Amy Yee

3 November 2020

United States

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Several groups are working to counter disinformation aimed at the Black community by spreading accurate information and elevating local voices as trusted messengers. Organizations have disseminated accurate informatio...

The Daily Tar Heel

Guillermo Molero

2 November 2020

North Carolina, United States

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North Carolina takes a multipronged approach to election security. Unique serial numbers on mail-in ballots allow the voter to be removed from the system once they are processed. Hundreds of thousands of test ballots ...

Columbia Journalism Review

Shinhee Kang

Ian Karbal

Feven Merid

27 October 2020

Ohio, United States

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Ohio media outlets have provided practical voter information to combat confusion. WOSU, the local NPR affiliate, created an online guide for mail-in voting, with deadlines prominently bolded and videos explaining how ...

The Guardian

Amy Yee

22 October 2020

United States

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Civic and advocacy groups fight disinformation targeted at Latinx voters and conduct voter registration and education outreach. Voto Latino encourages young people to help older relatives spot disinformation and train...

Christian Science Monitor

Christa Case Bryant

21 October 2020

United States

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Cyber security simulations are taking place across the country to help everyone, from government officials to journalists, to identify election-related cyber threats and coordinated disinformation campaigns and make p...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

19 October 2020

United States

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Citizens' assemblies, where a randomly selected representative sample of people work together to make decisions and find policy solutions to social issues, is an effective approach to decision-making that bridges pola...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Zak Podmore

18 October 2020

Utah, United States

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A legal settlement in Utah expanded access to voting on Navajo Nations and influenced similar settlements in Arizona. All registered voters receive a mail-in ballot, but counties also offer early voting and election-d...

Valley News

Alyssa Dandrea

18 October 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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New Hampshire's official response to nationwide protests of racial bias in policing lacks a critical element: a statewide database showing the race of drivers and passengers in police stops and arrests. Unlike neighbo...

The Baltimore Sun

Taylor DeVille

16 October 2020

Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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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 ele...

Digiday

Lucinda Southern

14 October 2020

United States

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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 activ...

Hothouse Solutions

Michael J. Coren

12 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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What started as a small group of people taking pictures of waste in their communities and tagging it on Instagram with the hashtag #Litterati, turned into a global effort, and even an app, to map and dispose of trash....

Channel 3000

John Bassett

10 October 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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Same-day voter registration and the implementation of advanced cyberdefenses have bolstered Wisconsin's voting database, fortifying it against hackers and data breaches. Apprehension about election security prompted t...

CityLab

Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

29 September 2020

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime-tracking mobile apps give millions of Brazilians crowdsourced data on urban violence, alerting people to dangerous places and filling gaps in government data on shootings, robberies, and other risks. But apps su...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Carl Miller

27 September 2020

Taiwan

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vTaiwan is a mixed-reality, scaled listening exercise used by the government as a new way to make decisions. The platform provides an online space for citizens to debate and for politicians to listen to. The governmen...

The Boston Globe

Stephanie Ebbert

22 September 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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Emergency child-care centers in Massachusetts have recorded only a small handful of cases of COVID-19 due to strict adherence to safety measures. Most notably, the centers have implemented a combination of contact tra...

Scientific American

Julia Hotz

18 September 2020

United Kingdom

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Citizen assemblies bring together residents for in-depth discussions about solutions to social issues. This alternative form of democracy led to policy changes in many countries, including legalizing abortion in Irela...

The Boulder Monitor

Keith Hammonds

15 September 2020

Teton County, Montana, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic complicated matters for local government, the Teton County public health office devised a process to enact state mandate that was effective, transparent, and led to rational decision-maki...

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