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A better way for billionaires who want to make massive donations to benefit society civic

Dec. 16, 2020 11:24 am

A better way for billionaires who want to make massive donations to benefit society

When billionaires use their money to change specific policies, are they paying attention to the danger this may pose to democracy? A look at the ethics of corporate donations and lobbying.
When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions parents are asking civic

Dec. 9, 2020 12:43 pm

When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions parents are asking

The first U.S. COVID-19 vaccines are expected in clinics in mid-December. Here's what to keep in mind for kids, from safety to timeline.
US colleges report a 43% decline in new international student enrollment. It’s not just because of the pandemic civic

Nov. 20, 2020 1:51 pm

US colleges report a 43% decline in new international student enrollment. It’s not just because of the pandemic

The Trump administration has tightened restrictions and sent signals that students from abroad are not welcome, writes University of Maryland, Baltimore County's David L. Di Maria. But there's a dire economic impact to that trend.
How tech firms have tried to stop disinformation and voter intimidation — and come up short civic

Nov. 3, 2020 1:23 pm

How tech firms have tried to stop disinformation and voter intimidation — and come up short

Facebook and the other social media platform companies are facing a reckoning for their handling of disinformation.
Initiatives to close the digital divide must last beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to work access

Oct. 28, 2020 5:00 pm

Initiatives to close the digital divide must last beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to work

How hard would it be to provide free internet on an ongoing basis? A researcher who specializes in curriculum design and integrating tech into education explores the issue, looking especially at pandemic-time internet-for-all examples in D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago.
Will it be a ‘V’ or a ‘K’? The many shapes of recessions and recoveries growth

Oct. 16, 2020 1:53 pm

Will it be a ‘V’ or a ‘K’? The many shapes of recessions and recoveries

The way back from a recession often takes the shape of a letter of the alphabet. As we consider the COVID-19 recovery's shape, University of South Carolina economist William Hauk offers an explainer.
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.

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