The glitches took place just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is “looking at” banning TikTok, whose China-based parent company, ByteDance, is the focus of increasing scrutiny from government regulators and privacy advocates. … [Read more...] about Widespread TikTok glitches mess with people’s likes and reality
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The site’s target audience is “that engaged citizen that’s attending their local city council meeting for the very first time,” Kim says, and it’s an apt time to start getting involved. Due to COVID-19, many government meetings are being held online for the first time, and residents can make public comments by calling in, rather than waiting in a long line at a physical meeting. “We’re using this moment that we’re in today to really accelerate and expand civic participation in your local city councils,” says Kim. … [Read more...] about This website tells you when your local politicians are discussing police budgets
Many teachers are subject experts, but new to technology. “Some of the older teachers have a difficult time adjusting. Where to check for the WiFi? If the internet is not working, how do I solve that? How to save the phone battery? This dents their confidence,” says Ranganathan. … [Read more...] about Online teaching is hot skill now, but what does it take to get there?
But for Hilderbrand, the proposal feels more like a wasted opportunity. “I do think the public realm is the place where we can give expression to the kind of society that we want, the kind of people that we want to be,” he says. “I think that’s our job. And I think a directive like this is already too specific, and too pitched, too sided.” … [Read more...] about Trump wants to build a sculpture park for ‘American Heroes.’ Here’s why that’s wrongheaded
In May, Qatar began requiring all residents to use a virus-alert and quarantine enforcement app or face fines of up to $55,000. The app assigns each user a digital color code — green for people who are healthy with no symptoms, red for confirmed cases of COVID-19 — that dictates whether a person must stay home or may go out. It can also track users’ real-time locations to monitor whether those infected with the virus are complying with government self-quarantine orders. … [Read more...] about Virus-tracing apps are rife with problems. Governments are rushing to fix them