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It’s Time to Close the Loopholes That Are Harming the 2020 Election

March 9, 2020 - 2:43am

Super Tuesday voting last week was marred by long lines more appropriate for a theme park than a 21st century democracy. In Texas and California, primary voters in multiple polling places had to wait in lines as long as three to seven hours before casting their vote. And yet again, the long lines appear to have been especially concentrated in precincts serving communities of color and students.

Even the Machines Are Racist. Facial Recognition Systems Threaten Black Lives.

March 5, 2020 - 5:01am

Facial recognition technology promises to alert us if our children are skipping out on their college classes, to zip us past all the suckers waiting in line at the airport and to create nationwide databases to catch the “bad guys.” This newest biometric data is sold as a shortcut to utopia: technology that delivers responsible kids, quick service and safe streets — all with a scan of the human face.

Some Election-Related Sites Still Run on Software Older Than Many High Schoolers

March 4, 2020 - 3:43am

The Richmond, Virginia, website that tells people where to vote and publishes election results runs on a 17-year-old operating system. Software used by election-related sites in Johnston County, North Carolina, and the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, had reached its expiration date, making security updates no longer available.

US Is Not Prepared for Coronavirus. We Need a Massive Expansion of Health Care.

March 4, 2020 - 2:25am

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is in its very early stages in the United States so it is too early to predict its full impacts. The World Health Organization reports that COVID-19 has stricken more than 90,000 people around the world, killing nearly 3,110 and has spread to at least 62 countries. The global march of COVID-19 looks unstoppable.