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CalMatters

Robert Lewis

21 July 2021

California, United States

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Two decades ago, California became the first state to create a system to track and seize guns from people no longer legally permitted to possess a gun. Thousands of guns have been seized. But the database of gun owner...

KLC Journal

Stan Finger

20 July 2021

Kansas, United States

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When courthouses and in-person government meetings shut down because of COVID-19, officials satisfied Kansas’ open meeting mandate by using pandemic relief aid to equip buildings with the technology needed to live str...

News48

Isa Grassano

19 July 2021

Italy

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An Italian travel writer and a publishing house partnered to recreate the experience of travel to new places, providing tourists with a virtual experience and tour guides with a source of income to replace their lost ...

KNXV-TV

Melissa Blasius

9 July 2021

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Pedestrian-activated traffic signals that flash red to allow people to cross busy streets midblock have saved lives in one of the nation's most dangerous cities for pedestrians. On one stretch of Phoenix highway where...

Next City

Marianne Dhenin

29 June 2021

United States

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In 1965 a traveling salesman published a series of travel guides with gay or gay-friendly businesses across the U.S. that became survival guides for the LGBTQ community. “Mapping the Gay Guides” has digitized those co...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Chandni Doulatramani

29 June 2021

Gurgaon, India

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In 71 cities around the world, users of the My Safetipin mobile app can decide whether to visit a particular neighborhood or plan a travel route based on how safe others deem those places. While the 100,000 or so user...

KSTU-TV

Sydney Glenn

22 June 2021

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Although work-from-home was mostly a reaction in response to the pandemic, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the strategy has developed the potential to improve air quality. Most state employees are now required to telework ce...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Ihab Zidan

20 June 2021

Egypt

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The Egyptian Facebook group Qawem (Arabic for resist) helps victims of sextortion by turning threats around to target the attacker. Sextortion, in which threatened disclosure of a person's nude or other embarrassing p...

The Times

Rosa Ellis

13 June 2021

United Kingdom

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The people who produce child pornography give police invaluable evidence, if it can be decoded, when they film themselves sexually abusing children. A Scottish forensic anthropologist and anatomist has helped both in ...

Zulani

David Owino

11 June 2021

Nairobi, Kenya

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To make internet connectivity accessible and affordable across Africa, Dr. Harold Omondi developed “internet from the moon,” a technology that uses satellite dishes to communicate with transponders placed in the moon ...

WTVR-TV

Caroline Coleburn

1 June 2021

South Carolina, United States

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If Virginia taxpayers who lost their jobs in the pandemic want to understand why their unemployment insurance payments lagged for months and why they couldn't get the Virginia Employment Commission on the phone, they ...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Erin Heffernan

31 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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St. Louis was one of the first cities to adopt ShotSpotter technology, which uses a network of microphones, software, and human monitors to detect and analyze gunshot sounds. The detection system summoned police more ...

ProPublica

Catherine Rentz

22 May 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The first DNA database in unsolved rape cases was created at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center nearly 50 years ago by a forensic pathologist who was appalled by the callous treatment of rape victims and the impunit...

Santa Barbara Independent

Katherine Swartz

16 May 2021

Woodland, California, United States

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By turning over its criminal justice data to Measures for Justice, a nonprofit developer that turns raw data into publicly available reports, the Yolo County district attorney has a much better grasp on the work that ...

Happinewss

Ella Westlake

13 May 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

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Urban Oasis, a vertical farm in Sweden uses innovative technology to grow crops in shelf-like structures that aims to maximize output and be more sustainable in its agricultural practices. Instead of soil, it uses nut...

Roar News

Helena Kudiabor

12 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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To reduce long wait times and exposure to health concerns amid the latest global pandemic, some coffee shops are experimenting with robot baristas. The robot barrista at Café X, in San Francisco, can make about 120 cu...

Discover Magazine

Mark Hill

12 May 2021

United States

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The Internet Archive is a digital library of around 544 billion archived web pages, most of which are found using a bot that crawls the web and saves snapshots. However, a self-described loose collective of volunteer ...

WCNC-TV

Nate Morabito

8 May 2021

North Carolina, United States

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As COVID-19 forced some low cost and free clinics to use telemedicine to treat patients it became clear that it was an efficient and convenient way to reduce unnecessary trips to the emergency room and meet the immedi...

Broadview Magazine

Diane Peters

7 May 2021

Markham, Ontario, Canada

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A community effort spearheaded by a local church and a software company is helping senior citizens in Markham, Ontario secure Covid vaccine appointments. Ahead of the vaccine rollout, a reverend and a parishioner bega...

BBC

Nick Holland

4 May 2021

Papua New Guinea

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After remote Indigenous communities in Papau New Guinea set aside some of their land as conservation areas, they wanted to know if it was working. With the help from scientists and The Nature Conservancy, they were ab...

Bloomberg CityLab

Marianne Dhenin

4 May 2021

Jinja City, Uganda

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Solar-powered street lights have replaced the shoddy conventional lighting in Jinja City, Uganda. Solar-powered panels and batteries power lighting that is not only cheaper but is also more reliable and has resulted i...

The New York Times

Virginia Hughes

3 May 2021

Kentland, Indiana, United States

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Genetic genealogy's use in criminal cases has gone mainstream. As the cases of three murder victims in Indiana illustrate, the science of DNA evidence combined with genealogical research and detective work is rapidly ...

MIT Technology Review

Varsha Bansal

28 April 2021

India

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In India, citizen-led small-scale digital efforts are helping to connect Covid-19 patients with the resources, supplies, and medical equipment they need to survive. The citizen groups are largely using online platform...

Mashable

Christianna Silva

28 April 2021

United States

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Social media influencers are using “pre-bunking” -- the practice of exposing people to misinformation and offering expert-backed explanations of why it isn’t true before they see the misinformation in the wild – as a ...

The Financial Times

Andres Schipani

27 April 2021

Nanyuki, Kenya

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More and more park rangers, judges, prosecutors, and wildlife investigators are working together to stop poaching in Kenya. Through training and a new app that allows all parties to track wild animals in a protected c...

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