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How WikiHow is Thriving; New Civic Tech Grant Challenges; and more.


This is civic tech: Here’s a great visualization of how the US news media are covering the 2020 Democratic primary, done by Aleszu Bajak, Dan Kennedy and John Wihbey of Northeastern University’s School of Journalism. With the help of Media Cloud, they analyzed roughly ten thousand news articles from a broad range of outlets and found that political coverage generally “tracks with the ebbs and flows of scandals, viral moments and news items,” and minimizes policy issues.
 
From very humble beginnings, WikiHow now boasts 125 million monthly visitors, and as this profile by Kaitlyn Tiffany in the Atlantic shows, it has managed to stay true to an open web model.
 
Apply: The Knight Foundation is seeking proposals for new ways to use open data to build stronger, thriving, and more engaged communities. Winning proposals will share from a $1 million funding pool; applications are due December 13.
 
Apply: London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched the new round of the city’s Civic Innovation Challenge, calling on start-ups to work with the public sector on helping tackle some of its biggest issues.
 
Submit: NYC’s School of Data 2020 is seeking session ideas.
 
Shop! It’s time for the Mozilla Foundation’s annual “Privacy Not Included” guide to products that aren’t creepy, and some that really are.
 
The .Org registry has been sold by the Internet Society to a private equity company, and while that is good news for the society, Andrew Allemann of Domain News Wire is worried that the game is over for anyone who wants .org domains to be priced affordably. I will freely admit that this is the first time I ever heard of Domain Name News, and boy is it a quirky website! (h/t Dan Gillmor)
 
Privacy, maybe? In a bit of good news, a federal court in Boston has ruled that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional. Last year, the Customs and Border Patrol conducted more than 33,000 electronic device searches at the border, nearly four times as many as three years ago.
 
Life in Facebookistan: Nathan Bernard and Andy O’Brien report for Maine News about a private group centered on the communities of Lewiston and Auburn, where violent and racist content targeting local Somali immigrants is running rampant and the tech company is doing little about it.

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