Data transparency on the part of businesses can help inform consumer choices and provide a level of accountability.
Collecting, analyzing, aggregating and communicating data collected from businesses and industries can help consumers make purchasing decisions that align with their values.
Young Minnesota voters cast their ballots on March 3, before the coronavirus outbreak really set in for the U.S.
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Young voters are important to the continuity of democracy because voting at a young age leads to continued voting throughout life. This year more than most, they’ll have a hard time getting started.
Teenage recruits at the experimental Universal Military Training camp at Fort Knox in 1947.
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A commission looking at the future of service is set to makesits recommendations. It is hoping to make a year of service ‘a norm’ for all Americans. What does it mean to serve?
Everyone needs to be fired up with a rage aligned with the feminine principle of care rather than the masculine principle of control.
How two massive opposing forces - the shift towards a sustainable world and the force that thrives on inequality - are unfolding at a global level.
The ‘yellow vests’ vote at an assembly in Saint Nazaire, April 2019.
Including direct accounts from ‘yellow vests’ members in the Lyon area, a look back at what has changed in the daily lives of people in the movement.
Syrian anti-government protesters march as part of an uprising against the country’s authoritarian regime, in Banias, Syria, April 17, 2011. The Arabic banner at center reads: ‘All of us would die for our country.’
On the eighth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, scholar Wendy Pearlman writes about the people who risked their lives and raised their voices to fight the oppressive rule of Bashar al-Assad.
Before democracy South Africa’s mining sector prioritised profits over the people and environment. Not much has changed.
Is connecting with their audience key to journalism’s future?
Journalism’s crisis – loss of readers, revenue and respect – has led many to conclude that if the news business is to survive, it has to do a better job of connecting with its audience. How can it be done?
New research shows that more and more of our public conversation is unfolding within a dwindling coterie of sites that are controlled by a small few, largely unregulated and geared primarily to profit rather than public interest.
New research into the economics of attention online casts doubt on the net’s role in fostering public debate, and raises concerns about the future of democracy.
In what became one of the defining moments of his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, Republican candidate John McCain takes back the microphone from Gayle Quinnell, who said Barack Obama “was an Arab.” The moment occurred during a town hall meeting on Oct. 10, 2008, in Lakeville, Minn.
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John McCain did something during the 2008 U.S. presidential election that would seem very out of place today: he made himself vulnerable by speaking up about the character of opponent Barack Obama.
Increasingly, young people across Africa are taking up Nelson Mandela’s challenge of working to improve the lives of ordinary people.
Badeschi on the Spree River in Berlin.
Community proposals for public swimming pools are popping up all over the country. But individuals need to work with governments to ensure these projects actually get off the ground.
How does searching affect voting?
Social media sites aren’t the only online systems that can secretly influence people’s votes. Search engines can too and may be even more successful – and undetectable.
Students walk out of school in March 2018 as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence.
Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called for a school boycott to change the nation’s gun laws and make schools safer. A scholar who studies protest explains how the boycott could work.
Thousands of high school students across the US walked out of their schools to protest gun violence and to call for changes to gun laws.
Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
Protesters carry signs during a march for science Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Denver.
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One of the best ways to shape public policy is for experts to submit detailed, technical information through the public comment process.
Brisbane cycle path signage: Slow!
Smart cities are usually optimised like a business for speed and efficiency. Placemaking can slow down cities to improve health and wellbeing and promote more democratic engagement of citizens.
However powerful technologies may seem, choices are made by people – not the machines they invent.
Very few organisations in the field of civic technology are choosing the right tools for the job.
It may be accepted wisdom that Australians are disengaged from politics, but there are plenty of other indicators to suggest otherwise.
We may believe that Australians are disengaged from the political process, but that may be because we’re not looking in the right places.
Crowdfunding could impact the role governments play in the future.
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Civic crowdfunding is taking hold around the world, but there could be unintended consequences.