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The Atlantic

Sam Kean

26 January 2018

United States

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A statistic called the efficiency gap seems like a simple way to measure partisan gerrymandering. It’s easy to calculate and relies on actual election results, not hypothetical results, something called for back in 20...

The Marshall Project

Simone Weichselbaum

24 January 2018

Volusia, Florida, United States

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The sheriff of Volusia County, Florida, Michael Chitwood, has instituted reform across the conservative county. With a frank and honest demeanor, Chitwood has put into place measures like de-escalation training and re...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 January 2018

Michigan, United States

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Politicians across the country draw voting maps to favor their own political parties. In Michigan, a state with extreme congressional gerrymandering, voters are saying enough is enough. A nonpartisan group called Vote...

The New York Times Magazine

Dan Hurley

2 January 2018

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Wrongly assessing risks for children in potentially abusive or dangerous homes has dire consequences, but a new predictive analytics system is assisting screeners to help those who need it most.

WKSU

M.L. Schultze

22 December 2017

United States

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Gerrymandered Congressional districts, drawn using evermore individualized voter data, are set up to tip elections across the United States. Lawmakers and voting advocates are pushing back and creating new methods of ...

Houston Chronicle

David Hunn

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James Osborne

9 December 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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What was originally conceived of to help protect homes from flooding has instead trapped homeowners in an endless cycle of filing claims and rebuilding their homes. The National Flood Insurance Program was supposed to...

Bloomberg CityLab

Teresa Mathew

1 December 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Bail reform is a difficult process largely out of the hands of municipalities. Charitable bail funds allow individuals who can't afford bail to be free until their trial, in the hopes of changing the bail system from ...

Al Jazeera

Sylvia Rowley

Russell Beard

22 November 2017

Cologne, Germany

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In the face of climate change as a result of increased CO2 emissions, millions of concerned citizens have grown frustrated at the lack of change from more traditional forms of civil engagement such as petitions, prote...

Pacific Standard

Rick Paulas

18 October 2017

Kansas City, Kansas, United States

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Flirting with a corporation can end badly. In exchange for city-wide wireless broadband, Kansas City gave Google near-free rein including fast permitting, free office space, low fees, and taxpayer funds. A few years l...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

18 July 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Rare are the days of cordiality towards opposing party politicians within American government. Specifically, a shift has occurred in which politicians no longer know each other, which can have detrimental effects on g...

PBS NewsHour

Hari Sreenivasan

30 June 2017

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Police reform in Camden, New Jersey has centered on de-escalation and increased surveillance. With these reforms, the city has seen a decrease in violent and nonviolent crime and a decrease in the use of and complaint...

Chicago Reporter

Jonah Newman

8 May 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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There is much to be learned from The Chicago Police Department's failure to regulate moonlighting police officers. Boasting the nation's weakest oversight of documenting its officer's second-shift jobs, the department...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

5 April 2017

United States

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Recognizing a pervasive sense of powerlessness in the US, Eric Liu authored "You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen.” By connecting stories of various groups across the politica...

Priceonomics

Alex Mayyasi

22 March 2017

Sacramento, California, United States

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ReadyReturn is the only program in the United States that provides taxpayers with completed tax returns. It’s simple, easy, and has a 99% user satisfaction rate. Who’s not happy? Intuit, H&R Block, and other tax prepa...

Yes! Magazine

Zenobia Jeffries

13 February 2017

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Communities in Chicago and Detroit work to involve neighbors and law enforcement to join forces in the fight against gun violence in the United States. By creating a genuine connection between local police and the com...

The Globe and Mail

Robyn Doolittle

10 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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If not properly investigated, sexual assault claims can be dismissed prematurely, disrupting the justice process and allowing offenders to continue hurting people. In Philadelphia, after an audit revealed more than 2,...

BBC

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Martha Lane Fox

25 January 2017

Australia

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Tough laws, taxes, and a public information campaign helped cut Australia’s adult smoking rate in half. The country leads the world in these efforts, including being the first to require plain tobacco packaging in 201...

Sacramento Bee

Hedrick Smith

1 December 2016

Orlando, Florida, United States

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For the third election in a row, House Republicans got bonus seats in 2016, through gerrymandering. Thanks to a grassroots citizen movement and computer sleuthing, Florida admitted to breaking the law and has replaced...

Los Angeles Times

Hedrick Smith

1 December 2016

South Dakota, United States

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Ninety percent of Americans believe that the political system is broken and nothing can be done. Yet in 2016, South Dakota a state with low probability for political reform became the first state in a decade to adopt ...

Reclaim the American Dream

Hedrick Smith

28 November 2016

Eastsound, Washington, United States

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In 2016, the US had a historically large populist backlash against the political establishment. This inspired Hedric Smith to highlight where and how political reform in the US has succeeded or failed in an Orcas Curr...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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With a major political party taking over the presidency, most governorships, Congress, and state legislatures, the minority party can feel powerless. However, there are effective ways to organize protests including us...

Bright Magazine

Kathryn Joyce

6 September 2016

Uganda

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In Uganda, where international adoptions and orphanages are the most present form of child welfare, nonprofits like Reunite, Alternative Care Initiatives-Uganda, and CALM Africa are shifting the country to a welfare m...

Bright Magazine

Katia Savchuk

24 August 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Catalytic Communications provides resources to reporters to help them move beyond stereotypical ideas and present a multifaceted perspective of life in favelas. This is especially important during times like the Olymp...

Bloomberg

Monte Reel

23 August 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Technology developed in the military to find who was planting roadside bombs to take out American soldiers has been adapted for civilian use by a former member of the Air Force, whose company seeks to work with police...

The Guardian

Patrick Chalmers

2 July 2016

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Low voter turnouts, populists offering half-truths, corporate interests, and the blurring of facts in the media are signs that democracy around the world is in turmoil. Internationally, citizens have assembled differe...

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