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The CDC’s program to track vaccine effectiveness over time leaves out 60 million Americans

The CDC’s program to track vaccine effectiveness over time leaves out 60 million Americans

advertisementadvertisementBy Albert Fox Cahn and William Owen advertisementadvertisementadvertisementThe digital divide can be deadly. That has been the stark lesson of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has revealed how decades of underinvestment in digital infrastructure have left millions of Americans cut off from help during COVID-19. This has prevented many from finding vaccine appointments, it has thwarted efforts to release contact-tracing apps, and now it’s undermining the safety of the vaccine.advertisementadvertisementThe COVID-19 vaccines have been widely heralded as incredibly safe...

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How the world ran out of a critical technology that powers our cars, phones, and more

How the world ran out of a critical technology that powers our cars, phones, and more

advertisementadvertisementBy Hamza MudassiradvertisementadvertisementadvertisementThere’s a global shortage in semiconductors, and it’s becoming increasingly serious. The U.S. is currently reviewing its supply of the technology, following a from President Joe Biden.advertisementadvertisementThe president also pledged $37 billion to cover the short-term costs of rebuilding and securing America’s supply of , which are a fundamental part of microchips and thus integral to everything from computers to smartphones to renewable energy and military hardware.The automotive sector has been worst...

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No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet has limited vaccine access for racial minorities

No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet has limited vaccine access for racial minorities

advertisementadvertisementBy Tamra Burns Loeb and Arleen F. Brown and Paris "AJ" Adkins-JacksonadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementRacial and ethnic minority communities that lack internet access have been in the race to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The , can be out of reach for those who can barely afford groceries.advertisementadvertisementReporters and scholars have written about the effects of in and , but they have paid less attention to the harm of lack of internet access in racial and ethnic minority communities in .We are who . We are concerned that even when vaccinations are offered...

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How public-interest technologists can build government that works for everyone

How public-interest technologists can build government that works for everyone

advertisementadvertisementBy Michelle ShevinadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementWhen COVID-19 struck and businesses began laying off employees, unemployment systems buckled. Why? State unemployment systems were using programming language from the Eisenhower era. By the end of 2020, despite the federal government distributing 14 million vaccine doses to states, only 4 million had been administered. Again, why? Without a modern hub to manage national distribution, institutions scrambled to deliver vaccines, leading to mismanagement, waste, and an avoidable loss of...

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‘Time is running out’: Prince Harry calls for social media reform after U.S. Capitol riot

‘Time is running out’: Prince Harry calls for social media reform after U.S. Capitol riot

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementOver the past year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have become increasingly outspoken advocates for healthier social media—a topic that is clearly near to their hearts, given the horrendous vitriol and harassment they have faced online and in the press.advertisementadvertisementBy that aim to understand technology’s impact on society and vocally critiquing the state of online life in the media, the couple are using their clout to push for change in the current digital ecosystem. In last August,...

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Ex-Cambridge Analytica employee: If Trump wins in 2020, blame Facebook

Ex-Cambridge Analytica employee: If Trump wins in 2020, blame Facebook

advertisementadvertisementBy Brittany KaiseradvertisementadvertisementadvertisementThis week, Mark Zuckerberg made what appeared to be a big announcement: Facebook is implementing new measures to stop foreign actors from intervening in U.S. politics. From using advanced artificial intelligence to detect fake accounts to investing in a security budget the size of “the worth of the company when they went public,” he explained how he intends to make 2020’s election safer from foreign interference than 2016.advertisementadvertisementGiven recent reporting that malicious activity from foreign...

October 23, 2019
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‘We’re the ones making Google the money’: 2 Alphabet union workers on why they organized

‘We’re the ones making Google the money’: 2 Alphabet union workers on why they organized

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementOn Monday, more than 400 Google employees and contractors announced that they had formed the , a significant milestone in the tech worker movement at the company and in Silicon Valley.advertisementadvertisementPreviously, efforts to unionize the highly paid workers at Big Tech firms have struggled. But in the past few years, workers have increasingly called for change, particularly at Google. Some of the search engine giant’s employees have protested the company’s contracts with the Department of Defense and Customs and Border...

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The Turing Test is obsolete. It’s time to build a new barometer for AI

The Turing Test is obsolete. It’s time to build a new barometer for AI

advertisementadvertisementBy Rohit PrasadadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementThis year marks 70 years since Alan Turing introducing the concept of the Turing Test in response to the question, “Can machines think?” The test’s goal was to determine if a machine can exhibit conversational behavior indistinguishable from a human. Turing predicted that by the year 2000, an average human would have less than a 70% chance of distinguishing an AI from a human in an imitation game where who is responding—a human or an AI—is hidden from the evaluator.advertisementadvertisementWhy haven’t we as an...

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The dark reality behind Slack’s billion-dollar sale to Salesforce

The dark reality behind Slack’s billion-dollar sale to Salesforce

advertisementadvertisementBy Liz O'SullivanadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementLast week, and with much , Slack announced that it would sell itself to tech behemoth Salesforce for a whopping $27.7 billion. By many measurements, this should be an incredible achievement and success story. In reality, it represents a decisive , which had previously made clear that, despite new competition from Microsoft’s largely copycat product Teams, it wanted to remain independent.advertisementadvertisementOur free market trades on the assumption that good, innovative products will prevail over less...

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China’s cities will soon be crawling with self-driving robotaxis

China’s cities will soon be crawling with self-driving robotaxis

advertisementadvertisementBy Larry MullinAs the taxi drove itself through Shenzhen’s bustling streets, Bill Russo marveled from the passenger seat. Be it a scooter making a u-turn in front of the robotaxi, or a nearby driver who decided to go straight instead of following the legal left or right turns marked on the road, there was no shortage of obstacles for the self-driving car.advertisementadvertisementGranted, there was a flesh and blood driver behind the wheel of the vehicle, which is part of startup AutoX’s , but he would only take control in an emergency. However, Russo, who is the...

September 24, 2020
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