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The New York Times

Matt Richtel

28 November 2020

United States

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Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous are turning to Zoom and other telehealth tools to maintain a connection with clients during the coronavirus pandemic. While data are lacking about "the effectiveness of onli...

Atlas Obscura

Amy Yee

24 November 2020

Rwanda

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Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, once a conservation failure, has been revitalized with fences, patrols, and new technology to become a successful wildlife park. The government partnered with conservation group African...

The New York Times

Benedict Carey

23 November 2020

United States

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Veterans Affairs' Reach Vet program uses an algorithm weighing 61 factors to flag veterans deemed at highest risk of suicide. While its results have not been shown to affect the suicide rate, it has more than doubled ...

The Maine Monitor

Jordan Bailey

22 November 2020

Maine, United States

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An online directory is helping consumers find small, black-owned businesses in Maine. Black Owned Maine has highlighted businesses, providing examples of success for Black youth and has also provided grants for busine...

The New York Times

Apoorva Mandavilli

20 November 2020

Nandurbar, India

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An app that uses A.I. to scans lung X-rays is helping two hospitals in rural and remote parts of India to identify cases of tuberculosis that they otherwise would have been likely to misdiagnose. Medical professionals...

Richmond Confidential

Isabella Bloom

20 November 2020

California, United States

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Nurturing Independence through Artistic Development provides classes and studio space for artists with disabilities. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization now offers six hours of daily virtual services to ...

WBBM-TV

Samah Assad

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Dave Savini

15 November 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago Police Department took a major step toward transparency and accountability by equipping all patrol officers with body worn cameras after a coverup of a fatal shooting. But, in tens of thousands of “investigato...

Bloomberg

Kristen V. Brown

10 November 2020

United States

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Data from mobile phones was used to create infection models that present how COVID-19 is spreading. Researchers plotted where people went, where they were coming from, how crowded those places were, and how long they ...

FastCompany

Talib Visram

9 November 2020

Utah, United States

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2020 was the first presidential election where a limited group voted using a smartphone app created by Voatz, expanding access to people with disabilities, those in Covid-19 quarantine, and people out of state due to ...

KNWA-TV

Chad Mira

9 November 2020

Springdale, Arkansas, United States

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The Springdale School District in Arkansas has turned to visual communications in order to address the needs of ESL students. The district started by hiring bilingual communication specialists who help produce multime...

EdSource

Zaidee Stavely

6 November 2020

Fresno, California, United States

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Teachers in some California dual-language classrooms are coming up with creative ways to help students practice and learn languages during remote-only learning. Across Fresno Unified School District, teachers develop ...

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...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

5 November 2020

Boulder County, Colorado, United States

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The Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool uses a formula to weigh the risk of releasing someone from jail while they await trial. While prosecutors say the tool is better than nothing, critics, backed by a study of the to...

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...

Wall Street Journal

Ted Alcorn

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Satellite-based forest monitoring, paired with other sophisticated measures of a forest's health, is transforming the speed, precision, and economics of finding and eradicating infestations and pinpointing acreage whe...

Urbanet

Laura von Puttkamer

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Urban planning using gamification is a viable way of engaging diverse parts of the population and placing people and communities at the center of the process. “Block by Block” is a collaboration between UN Habitat and...

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 ...

Politico

Eric Geller

2 November 2020

United States

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) built up its digital defenses, successfully protecting the 2018 midterm election from the cyber-hacking that occurred in 2016. The DNC now trains staff to spot cyber threats, co...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Allison Salerno

1 November 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Some locations, such as North Carolina and the extremely populous Harris County, Texas, have enacted solutions that make voting easier and take less time. In addition to early voting running up until election day, the...

The Lancet

Paul Adepoju

1 November 2020

Ghana

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Even before the coronavirus pandemic limited access to health care facilities, health specialists across Africa were already beginning to turn to technology-based mental health services to offer care with fewer barrie...

FastCompany

Steven Melendez

28 October 2020

United States

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Hovercast is a technology startup helping democratic organizations add interactivity to virtual events. The model, which has been used by prominent political candidates such as Bernie Sanders, uses interactive live-st...

Bloomberg

Isabelle Lee

28 October 2020

Philippines

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In the Philippines, more than half of households have limited access to the internet, making remote teaching challenging. Schools, teachers, and the government have found creative ways to reach students. Some teachers...

The Current

Christiaan Mader

28 October 2020

Colfax, Louisiana, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic caused organizations and businesses to shut their doors, some medical practices, such as facilities that treat addiction, found relief by moving to telehealth services. In Lousiana, "emer...

BBC

Ben Wyatt

27 October 2020

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States

Radio

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To prevent the mass stranding of dolphins on Cape Cod, staff and volunteers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare are utilizing technology to work efficiently and quickly to save these creatures. An app calle...

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