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FastCompany

Ruth Reader

13 October 2020

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

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To combat the spread of conspiracy theories, researchers at Cambridge’s Social Decision Making Lab have created an interactive game that puts users in the shoes of "manipulators" to teach them how to "question social ...

Hothouse Solutions

Michael J. Coren

12 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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What started as a small group of people taking pictures of waste in their communities and tagging it on Instagram with the hashtag #Litterati, turned into a global effort, and even an app, to map and dispose of trash....

Ms. Magazine

Juhie Bhatia

1 October 2020

United States

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New groups are recruiting poll workers to help fill shortages made worse by Covid-19. Poll Hero Project is an initiative created and led by young people that has recruited over 28,000 high school and college-age poll ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Carl Miller

27 September 2020

Taiwan

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vTaiwan is a mixed-reality, scaled listening exercise used by the government as a new way to make decisions. The platform provides an online space for citizens to debate and for politicians to listen to. The governmen...

The Hechinger Report

Javeria Salman

24 September 2020

Nevada, United States

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When Clark County School District moved to an all-remote plan for school, it distributed 10,000 devices, close to 20,000 students had no way to connect their online classes. A parent, with the help of a SCSD teacher a...

The Guardian

Donna Ferguson

19 September 2020

Cambridge, England

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Facebook groups are reuniting bicycle-theft victims with their property by creating a place to report thefts and alerting others to be on the lookout for the bikes. A pandemic-inspired boom in bicycling, as a means to...

NPR

Emma Talkoff

Emily Alfin Johnson

11 September 2020

United States

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Students taking AP U.S. History at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, may have been limited in their ability to attend in-person classes, but their teacher decided to supplement their lessons by taking on a 15-day...

Chalkbeat

Yana Kunichoff

8 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, teachers across the city created mutual aid groups to help students and their families pay rent, buy groceries, or cover medical bills. By using their existing networks, social media, and apps like Venmo, ...

The Guardian

Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu

28 August 2020

United States

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Many young TikTok users are sharing videos about environmental issues, like climate change and biodiversity, and it is leading to resource sharing, personal connections, and people reaching out to learn more about env...

Next City

Kristi Eaton

25 August 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit is offering business services to entrepreneurs who want to bring their business online in the aftermath of the pandemic. Digital Detroit is the name of the program offering content creation and web...

The New York Times

Christina Morales

22 August 2020

United States

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Young people are using social media as an effective way to engage in conversations with their families about racism, police violence, and Black Lives Matters protests. Many share their conversations on social media an...

BBC

Dina Aboughazala

16 August 2020

Egypt

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More than 2,500 missing people have been found in Egypt because of work by the Facebook page Missing Children, which compiled a vast trove of photos and uses facial-recognition software to match faces to cases. The pa...

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...

The Harvard Gazette

Colleen Walsh

11 August 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library’s digital services team gathered and archived all the virtual material they could find related to the #MeToo movement. The social media-driven movement is now represented in the library...

The National

Olivia Cuthbert

5 August 2020

Beirut, Lebanon

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Within hours of a massive explosion that left 300,000 people homeless, residents in and around Beirut opened their doors to house those impacted by the destruction. Thawramap, which normally identifies locations of pe...

Forbes

Janice Gassam Asare

27 July 2020

United States

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A social media post transformed into an initiative to help companies in their search for Black talent. #HireBlack provides a community space where Black women can receive help with their job search, resumes, salary ne...

100 Days in Appalachia

Chris Jones

23 July 2020

West Virginia, United States

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Thirty-six people protesting police violence and racism held the first civil rights march in Terra Alta. Met by counter-protesters with guns who were expecting out-of-town agitators, the groups engaged in peaceful and...

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 Hechinger Report

Delece Smith-Barrow

6 July 2020

United States

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Students at colleges across the U.S. are taking to social media to confront racism and biases at their campuses. Over 40 "Black at" Instagram accounts were launched in June on which students share their personal stori...

FastCompany

Alex Pasternack

3 July 2020

United States

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In the past decade, Facebook's US voter engagement campaigns included registration and election-day reminders for its 61 million 18+ users and sharing friends’ voting behavior. One study attributes hundreds of thousan...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

30 June 2020

Nigeria

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Communities in Nigeria have been using WhatsApp to manage isolation and help provide support to their fellow residents during the coronavirus pandemic. In many instances organizations and individuals are helping to ra...

Apolitical

Ian Wylie

29 June 2020

Syria

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Digital platforms allow Syrian doctors living abroad to assist over-burdened local doctors deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Conflict has severely limited Syria's health services, so NGOs use online platforms like Zoom...

Nation Africa

Faustine Ngila

25 June 2020

Kenya

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A partnership between Facebook and the Ministry of Health in Kenya has helped connect blood banks with blood donors. The process uses artificial intelligence and geo-location data to notify Facebook users who have sig...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Suevon Lee

22 June 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Twelve Honolulu high school students, who had only ever met online, used social media to organize a Black Lives Matter protest that drew over 10,000 people. The teens used online forums to communicate about their goal...

Are We Europe

Gil Skorwid

9 June 2020

Lithuania

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The coronavirus pandemic has invigorated organizations working in the Baltics to counter disinformation, particularly from Russia, by flagging suspicious accounts, fake news, and hate speech. For example, Covid-19 led...

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