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This is Africa

Patrick Egwu

15 February 2019

Enugu, Nigeria

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To combat the persistence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Africa, communities band together to spread awareness through film, religious outlets, community gatherings, and other creative means of education. While...

The New York Times

Vivian Yang

12 February 2019

Albany, New York, United States

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After 11 months of calls to employment lawyers and civil rights groups, legal proceedings, and recommended reforms to current legislation, seven women of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, all of whom are survivors,...

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Peter C. Baker

7 February 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In response to the discovery that Chicago police officer Jon Burge led a "Midnight Crew" torturing mostly Black men to coerce criminal confessions, the city council's agreement to make cash reparations to the victims ...

Reuters

Kenneth Li

1 February 2019

United States

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Credibility ratings of news websites by the startup NewsGuard have prompted more than 500 news organizations to upgrade their standards or improve their transparency. Human reviewers, instead of automated systems, gra...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

Justin George

17 January 2019

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Across the United States, district attorney’s are creating blacklists, or “do not call” lists, of police officers that have allegedly lied, abused their power, or have been corrupted. The purpose is to prevent untrust...

INDY Week

Sarah Willets

15 January 2019

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Durham County relieved hundreds of outstanding traffic fines in an effort to restore suspended driver's licenses. The program, called Durham Expungement and Restoration (DEAR), "identified more than 11,000 people elig...

BBC

Tom Colls

15 January 2019

Kathmandu, Nepal

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In Kathmandu, Nepal, bureaucrats, and government officials gathered for a special type of talent show, Integrity Idol, which awards honest government workers. From petty bribes to large government contracts, corruptio...

ProPublica

Molly Parker

Patrick Johnson

21 December 2018

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Consultants have helped public housing pass safety and health inspections by covering up serious issues with temporary walls and cosmetic fixes. “The biggest reason why most properties don’t pass,” says one consultant...

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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...

Apolitical

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...

Vox

Dylan Matthews

Byrd Pinkerton

17 October 2018

Bismarck, North Dakota, United States

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A North Dakota prison looks to Norway's prison model that focuses on prisoner rehabilitation rather than punishment. By giving offenders responsibility, private space, and access to the outside world, these prisons ha...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

2 October 2018

Nepal

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With support from Accountability Lab and Transparency International, seven countries have held “Integrity Idol” contests to recognize their most honest and helpful public servants. Winners have become people others wa...

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Deborah Bonello

2 October 2018

Honduras

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Honduras had the worst homicide rate in the world in 2012 but since then it has drastically reduced those numbers. President Juan Orlando Hernández has focused on dismantling the country's gangs by replacing one main ...

The Guardian

Amrit Dhillon

17 September 2018

New Delhi, India

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To reduce corruption, the Delhi government has begun delivering public services to residents’ doorsteps. Now it’s possible to get a driver license, marriage certificate, and more from the comfort of home—no long lines...

GovInsider

Nicolas Zahn

11 September 2018

Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan is using technology to tackle corruption and reduce costs. The country is centralizing and digitizing government services with help from Estonia. It is also using biometrics in elections to reduce the chanc...

The New York Times

Michael Wines

23 July 2018

United States

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Public opinion is turning against gerrymandering faster than the Supreme Court. Five states are holding ballot measures on the issue spurred ahead by tens of thousands of citizen’s signatures, and political uncertaint...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

27 June 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Partnering police agencies and advocates for survivors of sexual assault in cities like Philadelphia and New York City has helped to solve some of the difficulties investigators have faced in cases of sexual assault w...

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...

Yes! Magazine

Isabelle Morrison

25 June 2018

United States

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Manila Bay in the Philippines is covered in trash - more specifically discarded plastic waste that has been exported from the United States. Facing an imminent risk of the Bay (which many local fishers depend on) disa...

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 ...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

11 May 2018

Wellington, New Zealand

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Legislation is currently written in such a way that it often takes a lawyer to interpret how policies are supposed to work. What if laws were written to be machine-readable instead? A team in New Zealand rewrote two l...

The Guardian

Krista Mahr

4 May 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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In late 2017, Cape Town announced “day zero,” the projected date when water supplies would be so low that the city would turn off the taps. It was a bold move and people listened. Water use fell.

Equal Times

Nithin Coca

10 April 2018

Taiwan

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In Taiwan, more than 4,500 citizens helped design regulations on ride-hailing and taxi companies by sharing feedback on digital platforms. The online tools can support democratic policymaking but face some accessibili...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

12 February 2018

Finland

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In the past 150 years, Finland has gone from famine-ridden to renowned as one of the world’s strongest democracies with leading global rankings in health, education, and innovation. Culture is key to this transformati...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

31 January 2018

Preston, United Kingdom

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In 2011, when a huge plan for a sprawling shopping mall halted after the financial crisis, Preston’s future looked bleak. That is, until Matthew Brown, a local government leader, decided to spend money locally, an ide...

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