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Cyber Policy under the Next Administration

The Group of Seven (G-7) leaders recently agreed on a set of guidelines to better protect global financial institutions from cyberattacks.  This non-binding accord recognizes the recent pervasive cyberattacks that have hit accounts of major institutions, including the U.S. Federal Reserve.  While the accord signals attention to this international problem, does it really have the ability to better secure the financial integrity of institutions?  Will a … Continue reading Cyber Policy under the Next Administration

In this Sept. 6, 2005 file photo, American Red Cross volunteer Maurrie Sussman, right, comforts a New Orleans resident, who asked not to be identified, in the dining area of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. The wave of storms battering the U.S. has plunged the American Red Cross deep into debt as it rushes to prepare for Hurricane Ike, prompting a searching look at how to stabilize its finances.  (AP Photo/Tom Hood)

Can We Trust the Red Cross Anymore?

If you ask Americans to name an aid or relief organization, more likely than not, the first one that comes to mind will be the Red Cross. The name, organization and eponymous logo are ingrained in the history and culture of America. American Red Cross (ARC) has a long history of providing aid and comfort to those in need if and when disaster strikes. Polling … Continue reading Can We Trust the Red Cross Anymore?

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The Continuing Assault on LGBT Rights

Despite a majority of Americans expressing support for the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, a number of state legislators continue to introduce bills that aim to erode LGBT rights. Within the past few months, lawmakers in Georgia, North Carolina, and Mississippi passed legislation that opened the door for LGBT discrimination. The governors of Mississippi and North Carolina signed … Continue reading The Continuing Assault on LGBT Rights

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President Obama’s Plan to Expand Computer Science in the Classroom

In President Obama’s final budget released last month, he asked for $4 billion over 3 years to develop the next generation of computer science and technology professionals. The President’s Computer Science for All plan aims to equip students with the skills needed to compete in the global economy by allocating $100 million for a competitive grant program that would expand computer science classes in school districts … Continue reading President Obama’s Plan to Expand Computer Science in the Classroom

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Sinking into Debt: Can Congress move quickly enough to save Puerto Rico?

Facing over $72 billion in debt, Puerto Rico is in the midst of a battle within the US legal system and Congress to help bring relief to its 3 million US citizens. As a territory, existing law does not allow P.R. the types of bankruptcy options that are afforded to US cities or states. With a large portion of its payments due in May, time … Continue reading Sinking into Debt: Can Congress move quickly enough to save Puerto Rico?

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Hyperloop vs. Maglev: Which of these disruptive technologies will be the future of intercity travel?

Imagine being able to leave your house in Los Angeles at 8:15 and be at a meeting in San Francisco at 9, or leave DC at 5 and be in New York for dinner by 6. When it comes to the future of transportation, you won’t be asking, “Are we there yet?” but rather, “Should we take the Hyperloop or Maglev?” These two new technologies … Continue reading Hyperloop vs. Maglev: Which of these disruptive technologies will be the future of intercity travel?

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A Conversation with a Syrian Refugee in America

Five years of civil war in Syria has produced what many are calling the largest humanitarian crisis of our time: 4.6 million Syrians have been registered as refugees outside of Syria, half of whom are under age 18. At least 6.6 million Syrians are internally displaced. One voice often absent from the media debate surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis is that of the refugees themselves. … Continue reading A Conversation with a Syrian Refugee in America