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Democracy 2.0 could be on its way to Kitwe, Zambia

Moses Mwansa, a community leader of Kitwe, strives for more than peaceful and fair elections; he aims for active dialogue between leaders and citizens.
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After the riots, a library in Baltimore becomes the community’s core

In most libraries you find shelves filled with reading material. This one has other valuable resources for a riot-torn community.
Illustration of a hand holding a computer mouse crashing through a roadblock (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Censor the internet? Bad idea.

Censoring the internet censors free speech. Political dissent, strong language and even offensive speech are part of a strong democracy.
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Nations oppose Venezuelan president’s actions

Nations around the world condemned the July 30 elections called by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that will ultimately give Maduro sweeping new powers.
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Who should control the Internet and why you should care

There’s a complicated battle brewing over who controls the Internet. And according to a leading expert, an Internet controlled by governments is not a...
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How to attract a celebrity to your cause

A celebrity endorsement raises awareness, setting your cause apart from others that compete for attention and donations. How do you sign up a celebrity?
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U.S. grand juries: What are they?

If you have paid attention to recent U.S. news, you have heard the term “grand jury” in connection with the deaths of Michael Brown...
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What’s a ‘loyal opposition,’ and why does it matter? [video]

For a new democracy to grow and flourish, there must be legitimate, constructive and responsible people's participation. Enter the loyal opposition.
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International Day of Democracy: Shareable quotes

September 15 is the International Day of Democracy, a day to honor the values of freedom, respect for human rights, and free and transparent elections.