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How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business

Oct. 19, 2021 5:47 pm

How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business

"Fighting climate change effectively requires a new mindset that shifts the relationships between profit maximization and sustainability to prioritize sustainability over profit," writes this design scholar. There are early signs of evolution.
How Theranos’ faulty blood tests got to market — and what that shows about gaps in FDA regulation

Oct. 7, 2021 3:00 pm

How Theranos’ faulty blood tests got to market — and what that shows about gaps in FDA regulation

The ongoing trial offers an important cautionary tale about problems with how certain medical devices are made available to patients in the United States.
Could this age-old governing principle help states level up technology?

Sep. 24, 2021 12:38 pm

Could this age-old governing principle help states level up technology?

New contracting mechanisms are allowing states to tap the federal government for digital systems and expertise. It's cooperative federalism meets digital services, says Fearless Chief Growth Officer Greg Godbout.
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.
Local governments should attract people, not companies

Aug. 23, 2021 7:40 am

Local governments should attract people, not companies

Economic development leaders and elected officials have long coveted business attraction. The rise of remote work changes everything.
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.
Tech can spur civic change. But should it need to fill government’s gaps?

Aug. 12, 2021 5:01 pm

Tech can spur civic change. But should it need to fill government’s gaps?

Code for America's volunteer brigades have long been a hotspot for civic engagement and change. On Technical.ly's Slack, reps from Hawaii, DC and Philly debated the benefits and pitfalls of the necessity of their work.
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."

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