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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

The New York Times

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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On Gay Rights, Moving Real-Life Friends to Action

The New York Times

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The ability of social media and online civic participation to impact law and politics is still developing, but one social media tool - Friendfactor - was used successfully in New York to help bring about the passage of Gay Marriage Equality. It may be an indicator for how powerful platforms like ...

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Camcorders For Justice

Intelligent Life

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In India, videos made about the many social problems are secretly broadcasted in different villages to make people aware of the real problem and also aware of what they can do to fix it.

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Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet

The New York Times

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Molecular biologists and neuroscientists are tweeting with the hashtag #ASAPbio in protest of a system that keeps research from being shared with the public, typically for more than six months.

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Open Science Revolution – New Ways of Publishing Research in The Digital Age

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massive increase in the power of digital technology over the past decade allows us today to publish any article, blog post or tweet in a matter of seconds - but science publishing is still lagging behind. A range of innovative open online science platforms are now trying “to do things differentl...

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On the Web, a Revolution in Giving

The New York Times

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New crowdfunding options can help even the smallest donor's contributions to have a meaningful impact, bolstering a sense of personal involvement, maximizing knowledge about causes, and inspiring greater participation.

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Teaching citizens how to shoot better video when they witness brutality

PBS NewsHour

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With human injustices affecting people on the streets around the world, camera phones have become important tools to document crimes. However, the video may not adequately capture the crime to be persuasive in court. The global organization WITNESS has formed as Video As Evidence Program to instr...

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A fiscal lens on police accountability

Chicago Reporter

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ClaimStat is a New York city program that uses data to track allegations of police misconduct on a neighborhood level and shares the information with the public, helping prevent lawsuits against the city and diverting settlement funds to core city services like education or street cleanup. Chicag...

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How Libraries are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities

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Libraries in the United States have traditionally been centers to consume information, offering users books in quiet isolation. However, a new movement across the country is transforming libraries by providing internet access, creating spaces to study and learn, and meet with members of the commu...

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El Salvador youths find identity in community radio instead of gangs

TRT World

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Community radio stations in El Salvador and have made a positive impact in the lives of young adult working at these stations. In a country with high rates of violence and youth gang membership, stations provide a way for young adults to find community, value, and a means of expression. Some of ...

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