J-PAL North America launches research initiative to focus on Covid-19 recovery

The Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative aims to catalyze evidence-based policy solutions to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Caroline Garau | J-PAL North America • mit
Sept. 21, 2020 ~4 min

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Gauge of US democracy hits its lowest score yet

The latest survey results from the political science research project Bright Line Watch are in: US democracy gets just 61 out of 100.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: politics united-states government democracy society-and-culture protests

How COVID-19 makes the US Census even more challenging

Getting the US census count right has never been easy. COVID-19 is just one thing that makes this year's task even more challenging.

Sharon Driscoll-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 4, 2020 ~17 min

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Will a TikTok ban make using the app a crime?

With a potential TikTok ban looming in the US, what happens if you use the app after the ban? It could put you at legal risk, experts say.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~10 min

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Can the US government really ban TikTok?

President Trump wants to ban TikTok, the popular video app, due to security concerns. But can the government totally ban an app like that?

Roger Dunaway-Tulane • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~4 min

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Stay-at-home orders worked to slow COVID’s spread

"...measuring the impact of stay-at-home orders on epidemic growth offers evidence for current and future COVID-19 control and containment measures."

Brown University • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~5 min

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Governments could stop future pandemics via conservation

By curtailing deforestation and wildlife trafficking across the globe, governments could help prevent the rise of the next worldwide pandemic.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Could employers and states mandate COVID-19 vaccinations? Here's what the courts have ruled

For a COVID-19 vaccine to stop the pandemic, a large percentage of the population will have to get vaccinated. A law professor explains how far government and employer vaccine mandates can legally go.

Debbie Kaminer, Law Professor, Baruch College, CUNY • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~8 min

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Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations? Here's what states and employers can legally require

For a COVID-19 vaccine to stop the pandemic, a large percentage of the population will have to get vaccinated. A law professor explains how far government and employer vaccine mandates can legally go.

Debbie Kaminer, Law Professor, Baruch College, CUNY • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus policy law vaccines measles government supreme-court courts smallpox mandates

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