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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...

WBBM-TV

Samah Assad

Christopher Hacker

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...

Yes! Magazine

Innocent Eteng

29 October 2020

Lagos, Nigeria

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Modeled in part on America's Black Lives Matter protest movement, Nigerian protests against brutality and extortion committed by the police have in a brief time attracted uncommon levels of support across ethnic and r...

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Innocent Chizaram Ilo

24 October 2020

Nigeria

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Fearful and distrustful of corrupt and abusive police forces, Nigerians by the thousands have downloaded locally developed mobile apps like Sety and Aabo to call friends for help during abductions or other emergencies...

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...

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...

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...

ProPublica

Robert Faturechi

29 September 2020

United States

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One of the most powerful tools used to reform policing practices, widely credited with restoring public faith in such troubled departments as the Los Angeles Police Department, is called a consent decree. The U.S. Jus...

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...

San Francisco Public Press

Meka Boyle

2 September 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Groups in the Bay Area that have successfully sought to have police disciplined for misconduct and won new police-accountability policies have turned their form of organized monitoring into a training platform for pro...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

20 August 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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Almost half of U.S. states guarantee citizens’ rights to petition for ballot measures, but the coronavirus made gathering signatures in person infeasible. Massachusetts courts allowed electronic signatures, but other ...

Wired

Sirin Kale

14 August 2020

United Kingdom

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Logically is a fact-checking app that combines AI technology and human research to assess and label the truthfulness of news articles. The app has about 20,000 users after a soft launch in the UK, with a full launch p...

Colorado Politics

Rachel Lorenz

13 August 2020

Colorado, United States

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Colorado has fine-tuned an effective mail-in ballot protocol for statewide elections and has one of the highest voter turnouts. Ballots are stored in tamperproof locked rooms that are continuously monitored and voters...

The Intercept

Brandon Soderberg

Baynard Woods

26 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore’s Safe Streets program, which uses a public-health approach to stopping the spread of community gun violence, mediated more than 1,800 conflicts in 2019 and is credited with preventing homicides altogether i...

Truthout

Tyler Hicks

26 July 2020

Milford, Delaware, United States

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Body-worn cameras gained popularity as a potential check on police brutality, but for them to fulfill that purpose, numerous changes in typical public policies are needed, starting with public access to videos and ind...

Stateline

Matt Vasilogambros

20 July 2020

United States

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Many entities are working with social media companies to flag election-related disinformation. The California Secretary of State emails voters about how to report false information so the state can flag it and the Ari...

The New Yorker

Tom Robbins

17 July 2020

New York, United States

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When New York legislators abolished a state law that had long shielded police officers’ disciplinary records from public scrutiny, they were not just responding to recent protests but also to activism over many years ...

Reuters

John Shiffman

Michael Berens

14 July 2020

Arkansas, United States

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Arkansas’ judicial oversight agency has the staffing and persistence to hold bad judges accountable in ways that counter a nationwide pattern of weak enforcement and judicial impunity. The Arkansas Judicial Discipline...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

10 July 2020

Michigan, United States

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Voters Not Politicians is a grassroots initiative that, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, ran a successful campaign to defeat gerrymandering in Michigan. The state has a citizen-led ballot initiative option, so...

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

1 July 2020

Tyler, Texas, United States

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Dalila Reynoso's local activism blossomed into a full-blown watchdog role when COVID-19 began to spread through the Smith County, Texas, jail. The marriage of criminal justice reform and pandemic safety, vested in one...

CNN

Rob Kuznia

Casey Tolan

25 June 2020

United States

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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 pol...

The New York Times

Rukmini Callimachi

24 June 2020

Woodlynne, New Jersey, United States

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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 remain...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Blaze Lovell

17 June 2020

Hawaii, United States

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The groundswell for greater accountability in police shootings has barely caused a ripple in Hawaii, where the state’s Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review board has finished only one case in its first three yea...

Wall Street Journal

Yaroslav Trofimov

13 June 2020

Ukraine

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Georgia and Ukraine offer cautionary advice to Americans whose mass protests seek structural changes in policing, even abolishing entire police forces. The same was true in those two countries. But, in both cases, ini...

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