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CityLab

Linda Poon

8 February 2021

United States

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The digital divide has exacerbated the challenge of virtual schooling and has spurred communities to provide affordable internet access. Local governments, nonprofits, and school districts are piloting initiatives to ...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rina Chandran

4 February 2021

New Delhi, India

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Because of internet shutdowns, six friends created a bilingual newspaper to document and record the farmer protests in India. Thousands of farmers have been protesting for weeks about the government’s new agricultural...

MIT Technology Review

Eileen Guo

3 February 2021

United States

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A focus on infrastructure has been emphasized as the solution to bridging the digital divide, which has been exacerbated since the onset of the pandemic. Rural communities have historically struggled with broadband in...

Euronews

Rosie Frost

28 January 2021

United States

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The growing account known as “EcoTok” on the social media app TikTok is working to expose more people to data about the climate crisis and tackle scientific misinformation. With more than 80,000 followers and 1.2 mill...

The New York Times

Amelia Nierenberg

25 January 2021

United States

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After the insurrection at the U.S. capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, teachers across the country responded to the event by finding ways to discuss the event with students. “They have turned to science fiction, Sh...

The Jakarta Globe

Meleva Thorn

Sienna Curnow

16 January 2021

Indonesia

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CekFakta is a collaborative network that fights misinformation with around 6,000 fact-checkers from major Indonesian media organizations, citizens, and academics. The group holds training sessions to help journalists ...

The Washington Post

Heather Kelly

15 January 2021

United States

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Wikipedia’s large number of volunteer editors document history in real time, while making sure different viewpoints are considered and avoiding misinformation. While other social media sites are hesitant to label unre...

The Hechinger Report

Javeria Salman

14 January 2021

Iraq

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Hello Future is a non-profit teaching digital literacy at a refugee camp in Iraq. The program aims to teach refugees aged 13-18 marketable skills, and does so through "mobile-first" initiatives, where "90% of the prog...

Pioneers Post

Laura Joffre

4 January 2021

Kenya

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, “almost half of schoolchildren, or a total of 121 million pupils, are unable to access remote learning,” according to a 2020 UNICEF report, an even bigger problem during a pandemic when students...

EdSource

Sydney Johnson

Ali Tadayon

4 January 2021

California, United States

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School districts and cities in California are looking to create their own local Wifi networks as a long-term solution to the digital divide, and an alternative to hotspots. Some are even becoming internet service prov...

Wired

Yasaswini Sampathkumar

4 January 2021

India

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Smartphones and cheap data are enabling Indian women, even those who never learned how to read and write, to access new networks and markets. Voice memos and images shared via apps like WhatsApp make accessing informa...

The New York Times

Kellen Browning

3 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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“Let’s Learn NYC!” Is the New York City Public School System's answer to teaching students via television. The program is one of many around the country, which began at a FOX station in Houston. Through the program, s...

Forbes

Christine Ro

30 December 2020

United States

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Arizona State University’s SolarSPELL project developed a waterproof device with a solar panel and other equipment that allows users to connect to “offline WiFi” networks and browse preloaded webpages. SD cards store ...

Associated Press

Julie Watson

28 December 2020

Matamoros, Mexico

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The Global Response Management is a humanitarian nonprofit led by U.S. military veterans and staffed by U.S. volunteers and "paid asylum seekers who were medical professionals in their homelands" that offers medical h...

The New York Times

Kathleen Gray

17 December 2020

Jackson, Michigan, United States

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In Jackson, Michigan, 1 in 5 children have access to wifi through school buses. Out of the roughly 5,000 children, 70 percent qualify for free and reduced lunch. The buses guarantee they have reliable access to the in...

The Daily Yonder

Gabe Schwartzman

14 December 2020

Clearfork Valley, Kentucky, United States

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Community advocates in Clearfork Valley created their own public internet hotspot to bridge the digital divide, especially as the pandemic rendered high-speed internet more of a necessity than a luxury. Broadband comp...

Nieman Lab

Hanaa’ Tameez

24 November 2020

United States

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The NewsRun is “a daily newsletter that summarizes Pakistan’s major stories of the day." It’s helping Pakistani people stay on top of the news. Some Pakistani people who live in the country get overwhelmed with the da...

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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...

Journalism.co.uk

Sophie Aristotelous

12 November 2020

United Kingdom

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There isn’t a lot of media outlets providing age-appropriate news for children. So, four journalists came together to create “KidNuz,” a children’s news podcast. The show has garnered thousands of listeners. “Although...

KXAN-TV

Tahera Rahman

9 November 2020

Moulton, Texas, United States

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Around 20% of high school students in rural Moulton Independent School District in Texas don't have the vital internet connection they need to complete their assignments. Students at Shiner Independent School District...

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

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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...

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...

Nieman Lab

Sarah Scire

2 November 2020

District of Columbia, United States

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Talk2020 is a searchable database from the Wall Street Journal with thousands of transcripts from presidential and vice-presidential candidates’ campaign speeches, media appearances, debates, and more. Users can filte...

J-Source

Holly Cabrera

Meriem Chiadmi

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Martin Payette

Amelie Daoust-Boisvert

30 October 2020

Canada

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Based on an approach that one participant termed “what gets measured gets done,” several Canadian media watchers and news organizations are prodding journalists to quote more women in news stories by auditing sources'...

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