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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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Outside Iranian prisons, families are desperate for news

After a brutal crackdown, family members waiting outside of prisons in Iran worry that their loved ones face torture and death at the hands of authorities.
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Government transparency depends on freedom of information

Since the 1960s, the Freedom of Information Act has kept Americans in the know about what their government is doing.
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How freedom of information works

For 50 years, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has increased transparency by giving Americans the right to examine records from federal agencies.
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A TV contest makes officials famous for doing good

Rather than shame corrupt officials, the Integrity Idol TV contest honors the most honest officials and treats them like rock stars.
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So you want to be a TV reporter … [video]

Get tips from award-winning news anchor Richard Lui to see if you have what it takes to be a broadcast journalist.
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Want to fight corruption? Follow the money.

An organization in Nigeria scours government databases and social media to empower local communities to root out corruption and make sure promises are kept.
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How do you know if what you’re seeing online is true?

How can you see past hoaxes? Learn how you can confirm photos and video footage, and fact-check what you see online.
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E-government is becoming a thing

Technology makes government operations more transparent and delivery of services more efficient and less costly. It’s often called e-government.