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Jennifer Guay

26 June 2018

Aarhus, Denmark

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Loneliness and social isolation are on the rise globally, and feelings of loneliness can be extremely detrimental to health and longevity. In Denmark, the "National Movement Against Loneliness" and GENLYD train commun...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

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Samantha Matsumoto

29 May 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Period is a youth-powered NGO that provides menstrual products to women that are currently experiencing homelessness. Thanks largely in part to social media marketing, Period has expanded from one girl's high school p...

ProPublica

Jeremy B. Merrill

26 April 2018

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Finding campaign supporters can get creative in the age of social media. Arizona democrat Hiral Tipirneni solicited donations from Facebook users who liked the pages of liberal icons Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gilli...

Hyperallergic

Elena Goukassian

18 April 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The Metropolitan Museum in New York has interested tens of thousands of hearing-impaired art enthusiasts through their American Sign Language (ASL) tours on Facebook Live. The ASL tours are part of the Met’s newly la...

OZY

Michelle Tolson

1 March 2018

Kabul, Afghanistan

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With cell phone usage in Afghanistan approaching 80%, people are using phone applications to communicate, collaborate, and share real-time information about safety issues.

Al-Fanar Media

Eman Kamel

12 February 2018

Cairo, Egypt

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Tamer Taha is using social media to connect small business with innovators. He created a platform called Yomken, it acts like a marketplace where “innovators...showcase their ideas and creations.” So far, the network ...

Wired

Virginia Heffernan

16 January 2018

United States

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Change My View is a moderated subreddit forum where “submitters” post a view, such as why they disagree with abortion, and “commenters” respond with information that respectfully seeks to change their view. The goal i...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Shirin Jaafari

10 January 2018

Iran

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After studying in the U.S. and observing the prevalent amount of information about STD’s on university campuses, two Iranian women decided they wanted to focus on sexual health in Iran, where sex is a taboo subject. T...

National Geographic

Natasha Daly

4 December 2017

Alabama, United States

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Responding to the rise in selfies taken with wild animals, Instagram now sends a user clicking on hashtags associated with these photos to information about animal welfare. Animal welfare joins suicide, self-harm, and...

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Anoush Darabi

17 October 2017

North Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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Chatbots don’t sleep. They can respond to citizen inquiries 24 hours a day. From North Charleston to Singapore, automated conversation platforms are improving the connection between governments and the people they ser...

The New York Times

Benoit Denizet-Lewis

11 October 2017

United States

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Anxiety is growing amongst adolescents, possibly due to the rise of the smartphone. Teachers and parents are struggling to find help for anxious teens, Mountain Valley is a treatment facility that involves group thera...

Pacific Standard

A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

15 September 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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Hurricanes Irma and Harvey showed the power of social media to share real-time alerts and information as well as get resources to people more quickly when official channels like crisis hotlines are clogged. Officials ...

NPR

Chhavi Sachdev

25 August 2017

Bengaluru, India

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Bangalore's police department had an image problem and their successes weren't reaching the public. Crowd Kart Media took over their social media making memes, popular shows, and humor in order to help the department'...

Oceans Deeply

Bela Stantic

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Susanne Becken

18 August 2017

Queensland, Australia

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In an effort to collect data about the environmental health of high traffic destinations, researchers are examining the text and images of geotagged social media posts. Tweets about the Great Barrier Reef were analyze...

Christian Science Monitor

Taylor Luck

9 August 2017

Amman, Jordan

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Women’s right activists are gaining traction in Jordan and Tunisia. Their efforts have led to the rejection of old laws that protected rapists, and more representation in parliament. The progress women activists are m...

The New York Times

Claire Martin

10 July 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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As professor of medicine and gun-violence researcher Dr. Garen Wintemute notes, gun buyback programs have "struggled against the perception" of ineffectiveness: attracting only older and non-violent gun owners, for in...

Bloomberg CityLab

Michael Friedrich

19 March 2017

New York, New York, United States

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A pilot project at New York University called "E-Responder" trained 26 anti-violence counselors at five sites across the city to interpret online posts threatening violence and intervene before virtual violence turns ...

The Washington Post

Gail Cornwall

24 February 2017

United States

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Single parents are increasingly using GoFundMe to raise money for their own college costs. However, as GoFundMe has started to acknowledge, "crowdfunding is more difficult when one’s crowd doesn’t have extra funds." T...

BBC

Sahar Zand

29 January 2017

United States

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In order to mitigate the impact of fake news crafted and spread for political purposes, social media sites and independent organizations are developing media literacy tools. These range from changes to social media al...

The Atlantic

Emily Richmond

27 January 2017

Pittsfield, New Hampshire, United States

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Schools nationwide are dealing with the ramifications of social media and cyber bullying. Pittsfield Middle High School in New Hampshire has created a new elective, “Drop the Drama,” where students discuss bullying an...

National Geographic

Tik Root

2 January 2017

Oakland, California, United States

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At the vanguard of initiatives to increase diversity among visitors to the National Parks are groups like Oakland, CA-based H.E.A.T.—Hiking Every Available Trail -- which uses social media and group park expeditions t...

Upworthy

Ally Hirschlag

21 September 2016

United States

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Kevin Adler used his own experience with his homeless and estranged uncle to create 'Miracle Messages' —a project where he could record the messages of homeless individuals and post them on social media, in order to h...

Buzzfeed

Caroline O'Donovan

24 August 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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The location-based social network Nextdoor responded to criticism about racial profiling on its site by revamping the platform. The company collaborates with many public agencies and Oakland’s mayor said the city’s de...

Yes! Magazine

Jaime Alfaro

22 July 2016

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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Black communities are often left without adequate counseling services when faced with racial trauma, but clinical psychologists are working to address this. So far, solutions include opening clinics that specialize in...

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

29 June 2016

Toledo, Ohio, United States

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"A social secretary for people who have been deprived of the forms of communication that are now ubiquitous almost everywhere except for prisons," Renea Royster is part of a network of organizations (including Pigeonl...

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