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Two California gun buyback programs try crowdsourcing to fund their operations. Does getting firearms off the street in this manner really reduce gun violence?
So far, Mary Isham has met 50% of her $60,000 goal to pay for a cancer treatment she could only find in Europe, thanks to a website that helps people raise money for medical expenses.

Slate and Atavist editors talk about the future of long-form journalism at SXSW. 

How can mainstream media better cover communities, particularly those that don't often have a voice? Increasingly, public radio reporters are using the Public Insight Network, a mashup of Rolodex and crowdsourcing machine.

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Health Reform: It’s official: a federal judge finally rules that the new health reform law is constitutional. The ruling was hailed as a victory for the Obama administration because it’s the first to dismiss a constitutional challenge on its merits rather than a technicality. The Washington Post’s N.C. Aizenman has the story.

Deborah Estrin is a computer science professor interested in the low-tech. To her, everyday technology -- as opposed to supercomputers and expensive gadgets -- are brilliant tools for data collection. The world's 5 billion cell phones -- and the cameras and GPS that are increasingly common components -- represent tremendous opportunities. Using "smart" mobile phones, researchers, community groups and journalists can design ways to capture information about people whose stories and health status are otherwise hard to capture.

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