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Craig: Tech has a role in social causes

Craigslist founder focuses on the good things

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By LESLIE MLADINICH SAN FRANCISCO -- Craig Newmark of Craigslist isn't so much a big real estate guy as a person who is just "bearing witness" to some of the good work people around the world are doing and then trying to publicize it -- all the while acting as a customer service representative for a site that boasts 50 million users and 22 billion page views each month. "There's a lot of people doing good work that we don't hear about, and in my own small way I am trying to get the word out. My contributions are pretty miniscule ... the people doing the really big stuff need to get the word out better," he said Wednesday at the Inman News Real Estate Connect conference. Some of the "good stuff" that Newmark is paying attention to includes veterans' rights, support money for micro-businesses, and drawing attention to new Web sites and technology projects that make the work and spending of government more transparent. Newmark said the new admini...