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Hyperallergic

Emily Wilson

30 November 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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Installed throughout Oakland, Rosten Woo’s sculptures consist of bells that chime at quicker frequency the more particulate is present in the air. Through this means, Woo make air quality data visible and pushes for e...

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Anoush Darabi

26 November 2018

Paris, France

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In France, a digital transformation is taking place. To lay the groundwork, the country passed the Digital Republic Act in 2016, which mandated local and central government to publish documents and public data, a sign...

Splice Media

Kiran Nazish

8 November 2018

Uttar Pradesh, India

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Originally developed as a tool for women in rural India to learn how to read and write, Khabar Lahariya has grown into an important outlet of Indian journalism. Covering events in small, rural communities whose isolat...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

7 November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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A startup called WhereIsMyTransport has helped cities create timetables and route maps of informal public transit. The group sends data collectors out to ride local minibus routes, for example, then organizes the info...

FastCompany

Rina Raphael

1 November 2018

Davis, California, United States

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A collaboration between pro-choice activists and tech workers is—in the face of increasing restrictive policy—creating access to services and information. Events like the Abortion Access Hackathon provide a means for ...

Flathead Beacon

Molly Priddy

31 October 2018

Helena, Montana, United States

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In Montana, officials are taking legislative steps to address the disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Among the bills being introduced is “Hanna’s Act,” which would give the Department of...

Politico

Erick Trickey

25 October 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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TransitMatters, a transit advocacy group in Boston, is using the power of data and innovative thinking to make Boston's public transportation better for residents. The group has been able to connect with local leaders...

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Anoush Darabi

18 October 2018

Taiwan

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A community of technologists called g0v has produced open-source tools and redesigns of Taiwan’s public services. In collaboration with Digital Minister Audrey Tang, the group is helping citizens and civil society gro...

Logic Magazine

Nina Sparling

15 October 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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True to hacker form, an MIT team wants "open-source agriculture," a technology that takes food production back from big corporations and makes it widely accessible. To this end, the OpenAg community, comprised of code...

Devex

Nithin Coca

27 September 2018

Jakarta, Indonesia

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Indonesia's fisheries are responsible for a significant portion of the country's gross domestic product and job market. The industry is also one of the most threatened outlets due to a history of abuses including ille...

Next City

Emily Nonko

14 September 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Leaders in Baltimore realized that improvements in food policy would be enhanced by more accurate language and more local activism. The Baltimore Food Policy Initiative brings together city agencies and uses data and ...

BBC

Tim Harford

27 August 2018

United Kingdom

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Technology has made it easier to fact-check speeches and interviews in real time. The organization Fullfact has made software that processes dialogue looking for claims and highlights whether those claims match verifi...

The New York Times Magazine

Nick Confessore

14 August 2018

California, United States

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Alastair Mactaggart, decided he had enough off companies like Facebook and Google, which make trillions of dollars from collecting private data from users. While the U.S. has made attempts to regulate consumer privacy...

Nieman Lab

Shan Wang

8 August 2018

Germany

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German news site Zeit Online helped 600 pairs of people with opposing political views meet to discuss the issues in person. The "My Country Talks" initiative was so well-reviewed that Zeit Online is now partnering wit...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

27 July 2018

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Making government more transparent is one strategy that countries are using to counteract rising xenophobia and populism. More than 85 national and subnational governments have committed to publishing spending data, p...

The Intercept

Ryan Devereaux

23 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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In order to understand and end legal and extralegal ways the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency terrorizes immigrant communities it is essential to understand where and how ICE raids are happening. ICEWatch is...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

2 July 2018

Berlin, Germany

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Berlin has historically struggled with implementing new digital advancements. Thanks to a collaborative effort however, the community can now be informed about the water pollution level of various lakes that are often...

Kerning Cultures

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Dana Ballout

30 June 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Because Middle Easterners are classified as “white” in the U.S. Census, their specific needs and identities are not disaggregated. This lack of visibility may prevent discriminatory treatment, but it also impacts the ...

The New York Times

Adrianne Jeffries

27 June 2018

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Governments around the world are exploring whether blockchain technologies can improve public administration. In theory, blockchain could improve accountability and trust in government. In practice, pilot projects are...

Slate

Sara Hudson

26 June 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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To resolve road construction communications with frustrated drivers, the New Orleans government developed RoadWork NOLA - an app that showed planned road construction. Unfortunately, no one was using it. Instead of gi...

Wired

Emily Dreyfuss

25 June 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Using their research skills to obtain public information, a group of librarians created an interactive map showing the location of ICE offices and juvenile detention facilities. They also created a toolkit to assist d...

Bloomberg CityLab

Teresa Mathew

18 June 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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A Facebook messenger app allows people to record their interactions with police and include their own age, race and gender, location and how they felt about the incident, so that collectively these individual stories ...

Quartz

Dave Gershgorn

17 June 2018

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Project Spark is creating a platform for tech companies to request access to the health records of Ontario’s 14 million residents. One hundred companies have already expressed interest. The project is motivated by the...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

11 June 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Reduce corruption by making public data accessible and transparent. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, information about public works projects is available online, so excess spending is hard to hide. Meanwhile in Brazil, an ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

23 May 2018

Albuquerque, Pennsylvania, United States

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A publicly available online platform launched by the New York Attorney General fills in big data gaps on guns being used in crimes and trafficked from elsewhere. “We were able to get a snapshot really quickly of where...

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