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Banning apps like TikTok and WeChat is a good way to ensure a country will trail in tech leadership and profit growth

Sep. 23, 2020 11:42 am

Banning apps like TikTok and WeChat is a good way to ensure a country will trail in tech leadership and profit

Against the backdrop of the Trump administration moves against the Chinese-originated companies, a look at the global nature of social media. "Countries that try to restrict apps with bans and the like will end up hurting companies based within their borders as well," writes University of Washington professor of global media and digital design Huatong Sun.
US unemployment data fail to capture COVID-19’s full impact. Here’s how to fix it fast civic

Sep. 2, 2020 12:46 pm

US unemployment data fail to capture COVID-19’s full impact. Here’s how to fix it fast

NYU economics professor Julia Lane writes that Friday's U.S. labor report "will not portray the extent of job loss in the communities that desperately need government help."
Making coronavirus testing easy, accurate and fast is critical to ending the pandemic. The US is falling far short civic

Jul. 24, 2020 2:48 pm

Making coronavirus testing easy, accurate and fast is critical to ending the pandemic. The US is falling far short

Zoë McLaren, public policy professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, explains the challenges the country is facing, and the way forward.
Kids’ school schedules have never matched parents’ work obligations. The pandemic is making things worse access

Jul. 16, 2020 1:00 pm

Kids’ school schedules have never matched parents’ work obligations. The pandemic is making things worse

While children attend K-12 public schools for an average of 1,195 hours per year, a full-time working parent averages twice as much time working and commuting. It's an issue of access, writes this policy scholar.
COVID-19: As offices reopen, here are your options if you’re worried about getting sick on the job company culture

Jul. 8, 2020 8:30 am

COVID-19: As offices reopen, here are your options if you’re worried about getting sick on the job

If you're not comfortable going back to an office, believe you're being asked to work in unsafe conditions or have kids at home and no childcare lined up, consider these legal options.
High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach software development

Jun. 12, 2020 11:42 am

High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach

The promise of objective, unbiased technology didn’t pan out. Instead the technology created new problems, including highlighting the lack of accountability for high-profile instances of police violence.
Viral videos of racism: How an old civil rights strategy is being used in a new digital age access

Jun. 5, 2020 11:37 am

Viral videos of racism: How an old civil rights strategy is being used in a new digital age

Over half a century of shining lights on racism has not eradicated the darkness of inequality, though the methods of shining those lights have evolved.
What is hazard pay, and why are Amazon and other companies ending it for essential workers? growth

May 29, 2020 10:40 am

What is hazard pay, and why are Amazon and other companies ending it for essential workers?

The risk to these workers remains the same, and the pandemic continues to rage. A University of Chicago law professor explains what's going on.
How to score an internship during the COVID-19 pandemic growth

May 7, 2020 12:21 pm

How to score an internship during the COVID-19 pandemic

The director of the career center at Brandeis University offers five tips for students who are searching for internships or haven’t yet started internships that they’ve secured.
Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus growth

Apr. 16, 2020 9:25 am

Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus

"The free market isn’t very good at dealing with positive externalities" that come when some workers enable the rest of us to stay at home, writes this law professor — "or compensating those who bear the cost."

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