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Federal Officials Are Using Your Cellphone Data to Respond to the Outbreak: Report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has teamed up with state and local governments across America to track people’s cellphone location data and trace the novel coronavirus’s spread, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Government, America, Wall Street Journal, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Geolocation, Metadata, Privacy And Security, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Fauci: US can expect more than 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, millions of cases

On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, the leading U.S. authority on the COVID-19 pandemic made some grim predictions about the course of the novel coronavirus as it rages through communities within the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and emerging face of American leadership in the fight against the virus, estimated that the U.S. may see between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths from COVID-19, the deadly disease caused b...
Tags: Health, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Government, US, Tech, Cnn, United States, Anthony Fauci, Jake Tapper, Fauci, Johns Hopkins University, New York New Orleans, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID

Elizabeth Warren for President open-sources its 2020 campaign tech

Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren may have ended her 2020 presidential run, but the tech used to drive her campaign will live on. Members of her staff announced they would make public the top apps and digital tools developed in Warren’s bid to become the Democratic nominee for president. “In our work, we leaned heavily on open source technology — and want to contribute back to that community…[by] open-sourcing some of the most important projects of the Elizabeth Warren campaign for anyone to u...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Government, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Sms, Democrats, President, Warren, Api, Politicians, Github, Real-time, Cto

Newly Available CARES Act Loans: 10 Things Small Businesses Need to Know

The federal government has recently enacted two pieces of legislation to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 crisis, including the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act passed on March 25, which provides $349 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. The previous bill provided for $7 billion in additional loans. It is important to note that the goal of the government is to get these loans into the hands of small business owners as quickly as possible, in o...
Tags: Government, Sales, PPP, SBA, Small Business Administration SBA, Financing & Credit, SBA loans, Nonprofits & NGOs, COVID-19, CARES Act, EIDL

The tech shift: Push politicians for answers, and develop your digital literacy

The rise of new technologies is making the United States more economically unequal, says Professor Ramesh Srinivasan. Americans should be pushing the current presidential candidates hard for answers on how they will bring economic security and how they will ensure that technological transitions benefit all of us."We are at an inflection point when it comes to top-down control over very many different aspects of our lives through privatized corporate power over technology," says Srinivasan. Now i...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Internet, Democracy, Life, Stanford, Government, Society, Mit, United States, Innovation, Inequality, Srinivasan, Ramesh Srinivasan, Global Issues

Trump Edges Closer to Invoking Defense Production Act

One should never pay too close attention to social media, but sadly, that’s where a lot of diplomacy takes place these days. Especially today. Since dawn broke over the nation Friday, President Donald Trump has chastised General Motors and Ford for their perceived foot-dragging in getting much-needed ventilators into production, urging them to pick up […] The post Trump Edges Closer to Invoking Defense Production Act appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Government, White House, General Motors, Production, Ford, Gm, Autos, Donald Trump, Trump, News Blog, Coronavirus, Defense Production Act

Edward Snowden warns 'bio-surveillance' may outlast coronavirus

Edward Snowden is a former CIA contractor who exposed NSA mass surveillance programs. In a recent interview, Snowden expressed concern over the ways in which governments are using technology to track the spread of the virus. These new tracking measures may someday be repurposed to advance governments' mass surveillance programs, Snowden warned. As governments turn to technology to help contain the spread of COVID-19, privacy advocates are expressing concern over how new bio-surveillance prac...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, South Korea, Technology, Snowden, Government, Nsa, White House, China, US, Virus, Surveillance, United States, Edward Snowden, Innovation, Disease

All Your Coronavirus Relief Check Questions, Answered

When the Senate passed a gigantic coronavirus economic relief bill that includes checks of up to $1,200 for many Americans, a lot of people reacted like it was a done deal. But even though the House of Representatives approved it today, the bill isn’t a law yet, and it might be a while until you get your “recovery…Read more...
Tags: Taxes, Government, Senate, House Of Representatives, Lifehacks, Coronavirus

House passes historic $2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue bill

A massive bipartisan effort to provide relief to a U.S. economy on ice just leapt over its last major hurdle. On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a historic stimulus package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or “CARES” act, which contains an unprecedented $2.2 trillion in total financial relief for businesses, public institutions and individuals hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill passed the House today after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) took the unpopul...
Tags: TC, Congress, Washington, Government, Senate, Tech, House, House Of Representatives, Treasury, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Lindsey Graham, Sanders, Small Business Administration, Benioff, Kevin McCarthy R CA

Small Business Relief: COVID-19 Resources for Startups

Small businesses are struggling to find relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Forbes, about 30 million small businesses across the United States are in trouble, with half that number blaming the pandemic for revenue decline. As states work to approve emergency funding measures for business owners, many companies are closing their doors and laying off staff. For many, the hope is that this will be a temporary situation rather than permanent. Meanwhile, we’re in the present. Where can ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, California, Government, Sacramento, Sales, United States, Fundraising, Seattle, Operations, Forbes, SBA, Financing & Credit, U S Small Business Administration SBA, Intuit QuickBooks, SBA Disaster Assistance

'Universal basic income is a brilliant idea'. Here's why.

The welfare state is an ineffective and expensive system that hurts and targets the poor more than it helps. Universal basic income is a better alternative that could work.The question becomes, then, where would the money for UBI come from? There are a myriad of reasons why UBI via taxes would be a bad idea. Instead, we should look to socially produced capital.Companies rely on people to be successful, so a percentage of all shares of all companies should go into a public equity trust and the di...
Tags: Work, Politics, Resources, Money, Democracy, Government, Immigration, Success, Economics, Poverty, Policy, Innovation, Population, Inequality, Global Issues

Southern California juvenile halls release low-level offenders early in response to coronavirus

Juvenile detention facilities throughout Southern California are releasing certain low-level offenders early to protect incarcerated youths from the isolation of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Criminal justice activists are pushing for an increase in the release programs, citing differences between youthful and adult inmates. “What is unique about kids is they are experiencing anxiety and confusion differently than adults, and that compounds the normal stress” of being incarc...
Tags: Crime, News, California, Government, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Courts, Breaking News, Riverside County, Mcgill, Public Safety, Kentucky Derby, Southern California, Los Angeles County

Facebook appoints Treasury’s Kimmitt as lead independent board director

Facebook has filled the lead independent board director role with former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Robert M. Kimmitt. His job will be to serve as the go-between connecting Facebook CEO and controlling shareholder Mark Zuckerberg with the rest of the board. Meanwhile, the CEO of The Cranemere Group Limited Jeffrey D. Zients will not seek re-election to Facebook’s board at the 2020 annual meeting, but will serve until then. Kimmitt replaces Dr. Susan Desmon...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Drew Houston, Government, Germany, Defense, US, Tech, Netflix, United States, Treasury, Estee Lauder, Bob, Vietnam

COVID-19 Brings ALL Of America Together To Trash The Constitution

It's hard to parse out in a crisis, but why we support the policies we support matters.
Tags: Law, Government, America, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Constitutional Law, Coronavirus, COVID-19

How Unemployment Benefits Are Changing With the Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill

If you’re out of work due to the coronavirus, the relief bill passed in the Senate last night (and expected to soon pass in the House of Representatives) will offer expanded unemployment benefits.Read more...
Tags: Government, Senate, Unemployment, House Of Representatives, Bill, Lifehacks, Coronavirus

National Real ID Deadline Delayed Until 2021

On Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced that the Real ID deadline — which had previously been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak — has been pushed back until October 21st, 2021, as directed by President Trump. Enacted in May of 2005, the Real ID Act was basically Congress over-responding to 9/11 by mandating that state-issued driver’s […] The post National Real ID Deadline Delayed Until 2021 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Congress, Government, DMV, Autos, Homeland Security, Law And Order, Identification, Trump, Drivers License, Real Id Act, Real Id, Department of Motor Vehicles, Chad Wolf, News Blog, Hot Legal Action, Coronavirus

Trump PAC Threatens Libelslander Suits Against TV Stations That Show Trump Talking

Hey, if we could sue to get him off the screen, we'd do it, too!
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, First Amendment, Defamation, Elizabeth Dye

Gig workers could get unemployment benefits under $2 trillion Senate stimulus bill

The Senate’s historic $2 trillion stimulus package will make history in one more way: by providing some financial assistance to gig workers. Late last night, the Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the bill, which makes its way to the House of Representatives for a vote this week, gig workers would be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits. Additionally, the bill would provide $600 per week in federal assistance for unemployed workers f...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Congress, California, Washington, Government, Senate, Tech, House, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Presidential, U S Senate, Uber Lyft

Is this the twilight of American culture?

The current pandemic is exposing deep-seated flaws in our health care and economic systems.Reinhold Niebuhr's 1952 book, The Irony of American History, claims our cultural arrogance works against us. Morris Berman's 2000 book, The Twilight of American Culture, focuses on America's social and economic collapse. A minority of public figures are currently pushing an agenda to "open" America for business as soon as possible. Though few in number, they have a relatively large soapbox, making their ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Science, Mississippi, Government, China, US, America, Barack Obama, United States, Economic Inequality, Innovation, Philip Roth, Health Care

Trump Administration Botches Terrorist Prosecution Over Death Penalty Fixation

The UK could've helped us put away ISIS executioners. But the administration preferred to stand by the death penalty.
Tags: UK, Isis, Law, Government, Terrorism, Death Penalty, Jeff Sessions, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Trump Administration

The internet’s top 12 coronavirus-related questions, answered

With mixed messages coming from our leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to answer their COVID-19 questions. We explore the top 12 coronavirus questions, according to Google Trends. When seeking answers, it is important to prioritize evidence-based information from credible sources. It seems the only thing spreading faster than coronavirus is panic and disinformation. With mixed messages and conflicting reports coming from leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to address th...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, South Korea, Internet, Congress, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Washington, Government, Senate, New York City, Walmart, Cnn, Walgreens

UK turns to WhatsApp to share coronavirus information

Three years ago, the U.K. government chastised WhatsApp for enabling end-to-end encryption by default. Today, it’s relying on the encrypted messaging app as a vital service for sharing information about the coronavirus pandemic. The new chatbot, supplied by the U.K. government, will let anyone subscribe to official advice about the pandemic, known as COVID-19, in the hope of reducing the burden on its national health system. Send “hi” to 07860 064422 (or +44 7860 064422 for international users) ...
Tags: Health, South Korea, UK, New York, Government, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Encryption, United Kingdom, Italy, Boris Johnson, Infection, Messaging Apps, Pandemic, Coronavirus

How far does individual freedom reach?

Classical liberals favor democracy because it operates as a ruling of the people by the people, rather than rule by someone else.This lends itself to the concept of negative freedom, or freedom from being compelled by the state or other authority to do something. So Daniel Jacobson, professor of philosophy at University of Michigan, raises the question: Do we have absolute sovereignty over our bodies?The crucial point for liberalism is that liberty ought to be the default. It shouldn't be easy t...
Tags: Learning, Education, Identity, Law, Democracy, Government, Happiness, Society, History, United States, Innovation, Philosophy, Humanity, University Of Michigan, Self, Daniel Jacobson

Look Up Your State's COVID-19 Test Results With This Tracker

We undoubtedly have far more cases of COVID-19 in the US than testing has revealed, but testing is still an important way to begin getting a handle on how far this outbreak has spread. An online tool called the Covid Tracking Project has collected each state’s testing data if you’d like to keep tabs on how that’s…Read more...
Tags: Health, Government, US, Data, Lifehacks, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid Tracking Project

Fill Out the Census Form While You're Stuck Inside

Feeling helpless in the face of the coronavirus? Here’s a small, important step you can take: Fill out your census form online. Visit to complete your online census, which will probably take less than 10 minutes (mine took, like, three minutes) and will make you feel like you’ve done something…Read more...
Tags: Government, Lifehacks, Census, Civic Duty

Coordinated response required to optimize telehealth during COVID-19 pandemic

Eric Perakslis Contributor Share on Twitter Eric Perakslis, PhD is a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, Lecturer, Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and Innovation Advisor to Médecins Sans Frontières. He has significant experience leading technology efforts in infectious disease outbreaks. As the COVID-19 epidemic scales exponentially across the United States, calls for expended use of telehealth...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Apps, Column, Ebola, Government, United States, Sierra Leone, West Africa, Who, World Health Organization, Gps, Telemedicine, Democratic Republic Of Congo, World Health Organization WHO