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Who’s covered by a vaccine mandate? Here’s a quick guide to America’s patchwork of COVID-19 shot requirements

Sep. 14, 2021 3:09 pm

Who’s covered by a vaccine mandate? Here’s a quick guide to America’s patchwork of COVID-19 shot requirements

Private companies have the green light to adopt mandatory vaccination policies as long as they remain in compliance with anti-discrimination laws.
Data privacy laws in the US protect profit but prevent sharing data for public good. People want the opposite

Sep. 10, 2021 7:45 am

Data privacy laws in the US protect profit but prevent sharing data for public good. People want the opposite

Per these researchers' findings, the type of data companies or organizations use is not particularly important to U.S. residents. Far more important is what the data was being used for, and by whom.
Internet Archive has been fighting for 25 years to keep what’s on the web from disappearing — and you can help

Aug. 24, 2021 8:02 am

Internet Archive has been fighting for 25 years to keep what’s on the web from disappearing — and you can help

The websites of today are the historical evidence of tomorrow, but only if they are archived.
Big tech has a vaccine misinformation problem. Here’s what a social media expert recommends

Aug. 18, 2021 12:40 pm

Big tech has a vaccine misinformation problem. Here’s what a social media expert recommends

Two potential fixes: Companies can block known sources of vaccine misinformation, and disclose more about medical misinformation.
What are stablecoins? A blockchain expert explains

Jul. 29, 2021 2:16 pm

What are stablecoins? A blockchain expert explains

Plus, why this type of cryptocurrency matters.
COVID-19 recession: One of America’s deepest downturns was also its shortest after bailout-driven bounceback

Jul. 23, 2021 7:30 am

COVID-19 recession: One of America’s deepest downturns was also its shortest after bailout-driven bounceback

But could there be a “double-dip” following this more recent boom? An economist breaks down the terms and how the U.S. ended up with just two months of a 2020 recession (yes, really).
Biden targets noncompete agreements, which restrict the job opportunities of millions of low-wage workers

Jul. 16, 2021 4:45 pm

Biden targets noncompete agreements, which restrict the job opportunities of millions of low-wage workers

This scholar of employment law and policy outlines his concerns about noncompete clauses: "They tend to aggravate the power imbalances relationship between workers and bosses and suppress wages and discourage labor market mobility."
The first mobile phone call was 75 years ago. Here’s a look at what it takes for technologies to go from breakthrough to big time

Jul. 9, 2021 1:43 pm

The first mobile phone call was 75 years ago. Here’s a look at what it takes for technologies to go from breakthrough to big time

"Your cellphone is a result of over a hundred years of commercial and government investment in research and development in all of its components and related technologies," writes this electrical engineer. What's next?
The early internet created a place for trans youth to find one another and explore coming out

Jun. 22, 2021 4:21 pm

The early internet created a place for trans youth to find one another and explore coming out

No, trans identify is not a social media fad, writes this gender studies scholar. Here's how bulletin board systems, email lists and GeoCities pages played a role in forming an LGBTQ community on the web.
Fastly global internet outage: Why did so many sites go down — and what is a CDN, anyway?

Jun. 15, 2021 5:34 pm

Fastly global internet outage: Why did so many sites go down — and what is a CDN, anyway?

If you were having difficulty accessing your favorite website last Tuesday morning, you’re not alone. Could it happen again? Probably, writes this computing and security scholar.

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