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  • At Least Ten Chinese Cities on Lockdown; 830 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
    by Guest Writer on January 24, 2020 at 11:49 am

    1/24/20 Epidemics Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Chinese National Health Commission said Friday that there are 830 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus countrywide, while at least 25 people have died. The Chinese government isolated more cities Friday, an unprecedented move to contain the coronavirus, which has spread to several other countries. read more

  • It Is Now 100 Seconds to Midnight
    by Staff on January 24, 2020 at 11:49 am

    1/23/20 Doomsday clock Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The iconic Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, symbolizing the gravest perils facing humankind, is now closer to midnight than at any point since its creation in 1947. To underscore the need for action, the time on the Doomsday Clock is now being expressed in seconds, rather than minutes: On Thursday, the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board, in consultation with the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors, which includes thirteen Nobel Laureates, moved the Doomsday Clock from two minutes to midnight to 100 seconds to midnight. read more

  • The Ominous Metaphors of China’s Uighur Concentration Camps
    by Guest Writer on January 24, 2020 at 11:46 am

    1/23/20 China syndrome Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The recent leak of Chinese Communist Party documents to the New York Times offers a chilling glimpse into the twenty-first century’s largest system of concentration camps. read more

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Manufacturing of Reality
    by Guest Writer on January 24, 2020 at 11:44 am

    1/23/20 Truth decay Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments In 2016, a third of surveyed Americans told researchers they believed the government was concealing what they knew about the “North Dakota Crash,” a conspiracy made up for the purposes of the survey by the researchers themselves. This crash never happened, but it highlights the flaws humans carry with them in deciding what is or is not real. read more

  • How Russia May have Used Twitter to Seize Crimea
    by Staff on January 24, 2020 at 11:42 am

    1/23/20 Twitter & war Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Online discourse by users of social media can provide important clues about the political dispositions of communities. New research suggests it can even be used by governments as a source of military intelligence to estimate prospective casualties and costs incurred from occupying foreign territories. read more

  • Keeping Guns Away from Potential Mass Shooters
    by Staff on January 24, 2020 at 11:40 am

    1/23/20 Mass shooters Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The United States currently averages twenty mass shootings per year. Researchers from Michigan State University measured the extent to which mass shootings are committed by domestic violence perpetrators, suggesting how firearm restrictions may prevent these tragedies. Under federal law, when people are convicted of domestic violence misdemeanor crimes, they are prohibited from purchasing and possessing guns for the rest of their lives. However, holes in the system allow potential mass shooters to slip through the cracks. read more

  • Better – and Broader – Contingency Plans
    by Staff on January 24, 2020 at 11:38 am

    1/23/20 Contingency plans Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Life, they say, is uncertain. This is why governments and businesses make contingency plans that detail what to do in a disaster and how to handle the unexpected. read more

  • Outbreaks of Lethal Diseases Like Ebola and the Wuhan Coronavirus Happen Regularly. The U.S. Government Just Cut Funding for the Hospitals that Deal with Them
    by Staff on January 24, 2020 at 11:33 am

    1/24/20 Argument Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The U.S. response to the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis has been to create a “tiered” hospital approach to the treatment of epidemics: Saskia Popescu writes in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that the expectations are that frontline facilities should be able to quickly identify and isolate potential patients and transfer them to an assessment or treatment hospital if necessary. read more

  • Raising Flood-Prone Roads | Haiti’s Big One Coming | Iran’s Terror Financing, and more
    by Staff on January 24, 2020 at 11:32 am

    1/24/20 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  0 Clearview AI Says Its Facial Recognition Software Identified A Terrorism Suspect. The Cops Say That’s Not True. (Ryan Mac, Caroline Haskins, Loan McDonald, BuzzFeed News) Clearview AI has built a database of billions of photos that it says can reveal just about anyone’s true identity. But there are troubling questions about its past. read more

  • Encryption “Backdoors” Would Weaken Election Security: Election Protection Coalition
    by Staff on January 23, 2020 at 11:42 am

    1/23/20 Election security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A coalition working on improving elections security sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr Wednesday, criticizing the AG for recent comments he made in he called on tech companies to create a “backdoor” in their devices. The backdoor would allow law enforcement to examine the communications of individuals arrested on suspicion of committing crimes or engaging in terrorism. read more

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