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

Tags: united-states surveys government society-and-culture laws

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

Tags: china government apps mobile-devices featured society-and-culture laws us-presidents

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

Tags: business china government apps mobile-devices featured society-and-culture

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

Tags: covid-19 jobs viruses government featured social-lives health-and-medicine

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

Tags: conservation covid-19 forests money deforestation government earth-and-environment health-and-medicine pandemics

Book: Fear of cash in politics is overblown

"We are taking on the belief that money is to blame for all that ails American politics. The reality is very different. Money does not buy elections..."

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

Tags: business politics money united-states government democracy featured society-and-culture elections

Does the COVID crisis cap 25 years of government blunders?

"What went wrong? The answer is: Almost everything went wrong, and almost everything that did go wrong had been foretold."

Robert Polner-NYU • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 history united-states government society-and-culture health-and-medicine us-presidents

What did ‘all men are created equal’ mean in 1776?

We tend to interpret "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence to mean individual equality. That's not right, says historian Jack Rakove.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history holidays united-states government democracy slavery featured society-and-culture

Book: The FBI used ‘dirty tricks’ to target Black artists

For decades, the FBI kept tabs Black writers, artists, and activists, with agents reading their work closely and even creating their own misleading works.

Liam Otten-WUSTL • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history art literature surveillance government society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity

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