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Can tweeters be tamed?

The Christian Science Monitor

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In an age of uncivil social media, a simple tweet can bring a torrent of threats and taunts. Online groups – digital vigilantes – are uncovering the anonymous people behind many of the taunts, and many states are trying to reboot the parameters of online behavior by outlawing various forms of cyb...

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Is there such thing as an affordable lawyer?

The Atlantic

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In the United States, legal costs have become prohibitively high. Several solutions—such as Rocket Lawyer, which provides counsel via the phone, or such as in the Netherlands, where non-lawyers can provide legal advice—may remedy the situation.

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Gun killings fell by 40 percent after Connecticut passed this law

Washington Post

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Berkeley say that Connecticut’s “permit-to-purchase” law requiring people to get a purchasing license before buying a handgun - despite early criticism - was actually a huge success for public safety in reducing gun homicides, especially relative to other states.

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Hospitals Are Partnering With Lawyers To Treat Patients' Legal Needs

NPR

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Hospitals in Omaha are creating “medical-legal partnerships” for their patients: teams of doctors, social workers and lawyers that work collaboratively with patients to help them navigate challenges like fighting to get Medicaid coverage for a cat scan, or getting a security deposit back and movi...

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UDC law students push for criminal justice reform

Washington Post

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The incarceration rate in the United States is one of the highest in the world, and it is paid for – heavily – by the tax payers. To combat this, students argue that more funding should go to supervised release instead of incarceration.

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Estonia redefines national security in a digital age

Al Jazeera

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Estonia is preparing to protect itself digitally from any neighbouring enemies. To do so it is trying to create 'data embassies', that would have the same protections as physical embassies, in order to protect the digital continuity of the people

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How Christians in Kenya are trying to hack government corruption

Washington Post

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Religion and technology are two important elements in Nairobi, however, they have remained distant until the corrupt government brought them together. Christian hackathons are now opportunities for technology and religion to meet to spur innovation that can help fight against corruption

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Meet Arachnid, the crawler hunting child abuse photos across the web

Apolitical

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For all the positive tools and platforms the internet has helped create over the decades, it can also be an extremely dark place, and has unfortunately enabled the horrific and wide-spread sharing of millions of images depicting child abuse, including of rape and torture. Artificial Intelligence...

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The Unlikely Rise of Restorative Justice in a Conservative Upstate New York County

Slate

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In a conservative upstate town in New York, an early advocate of what is now known as restorative justice pioneered the idea of finding alternatives to incarceration that address root causes of crimes and offer victims larger roles in the process. He did this by engaging different people across l...

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Berlin's New Rent Control Laws Are Already Working

CityLab

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Berlin is Germany's number one real estate site, but rent prices had become increasingly unaffordable. A new law introduced in the city controls rental rates from skyrocketing.

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