When a magnitude-5.9 earthquake shook the nation's capital a year ago, the digerati in New York knew about it before the tremblers reached Manhattan, thanks to Twitter and other social media. Now the State Department is trying to tap into that same energy for arms control worldwide. Last week, the government launched a competition in which U.S. citizens could win up to $10,000 by devising a system of using smartphones, cameras and GPS to find out when foreign governments fail to live up to ...

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