Category: Electronic

Colleges knew the risks but they reopened anyway. Here’s how they got it all wrong

After all, in March, most had pivoted to virtual learning — either temporarily or permanently — in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus. But by fall, school officials had to make a decision yet again: Do they reopen in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic? And if they do, can it be done safely?

In some cases, local health departments warned schools against welcoming students back. In others, it was the faculty and staff who spoke out against reopening.

Administration officials nationwide struggled to balance conflicting guidance from politicians and public health experts, while also navigating pressure from … Read more

Vision 2020: Electoral College vs popular vote in America

One of the quirks of the U.S. election process is that one candidate can win the popular vote but another can win the electoral vote and thus the presidency

WASHINGTON — Election Question: Why is it that one candidate can win the popular vote but another wins the electoral vote and thus the presidency?

Answer: That’s how the framers of the Constitution set it up.

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Opinion: The college reopening mess didn’t have to happen

Most American colleges and universities spent much of the spring and summer trying to determine a strategy for returning to school in the fall. Some, like the California State University system (CSU), made the decision to move to online fall classes last spring. As the school year approached, several of the wealthier private schools, like the one where I teach scaled back their plans for in-person teaching and on-campus housing, but many schools were stuck in a double bind of financial and political concerns.
The politics around the pandemic, at least for some schools, made the challenge even more difficult.
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Cuomo Says Colleges With Outbreaks May Have to Go Remote

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said colleges with more than 100 Covid-19 cases may have to switch to remote learning.

The state health department is issuing regulations to require colleges to notify the state when they have 100 cases in two weeks. Seven, including Cornell and Hofstra, have seen outbreaks, Cuomo said at a virus press briefing. Cuomo said that if primary and secondary schools see a cluster, the state also will step in.

This weekend there was a large gathering of New York University students in Washington Square Park in Manhattan, Cuomo said, adding that city enforcement officials and

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Exploring the use of deceptive technology in the U.S. and abroad

  • Deceptive manipulation:

    Deceptive manipulation:
     Deepfakes are extremely effective weapons of disinformation capable of both undermining trust in institutions and elections and inciting political violence.
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  • Award winner:

    Award winner:
     Meg Hogan’s ’21 paper, “Replicating Reality – Advantages and Limitations of Weaponized Deepfake Technology,” was recently recognized as the top undergraduate student paper in the country in 2020 in the field of intelligence and national security.
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by Nathan Warters

September 10, 2020

Megan Hogan ’21 can make an argument for using deepfake technology as a national defense tactic, but she plans to expose similar methods of disinformation during the 2020 Presidential

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