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When I started this I said to the team that I need you to make something that tracks contacts and enables us to keep a lid on the virus, but protects people’s privacy and data in an ironclad way, so that’s what this is designed to do.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo discussing the new app “Crush COVID RI” that is designed to help state officials track and stop the spread of the coronavirus. (The Hill — May 19, 2020)

May 20, 2020
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Over the past several weeks, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes for people to effectively perform roles outside of an office, and we will continue to learn as we go.

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey commenting on the decision to allow Square employees to work from home permanently, even after offices reopen after the coronavirus pandemic. Dorsey has already stated that Twitter employees will be able to work from home “forever” after the pandemic. (Business Insider — May 18, 2020)

May 19, 2020
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There is a significant gap exposing non-English speakers to the perils of misinformation and disinformation.

Senators Bob Menendez, Mazie Hirono and Elizabeth Warren wrote in a letter to Facebook, urging the social media giant to stop misinformation regarding the coronavirus pandemic that is not in English. (The Hill — May 15, 2020)

May 18, 2020
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While acknowledging that some of the excitement will not be there when we’re doing things virtually, this is a shorter-term problem for a much longer-term gain.

Timothy White, chancellor of the California State University system, said regarding the decision to suspend on-campus learning for the fall 2020 semester. The university system is the largest four-year public college system in the nation with 23 campuses and approximately 480,000 students. (NPR — May 14, 2020)

May 16, 2020
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Low risk does not mean no risk.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said regarding the state’s decision to begin lifting stay-at-home orders. “As our state cautiously moves forward we fully understand that not all counties are in the same situation.” (AP News — May 13, 2020)

May 15, 2020
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The United States being one country that still has cases and is still trying to manage outbreaks ... presents a risk to Canada from that perspective.

Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said of the decision to extend travel restrictions between the United States and Canada until June 21 as a result of the coronavirus. (Reuters — May 13, 2020)

May 14, 2020
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We are very happy to take complaints from any source.

The Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons said regarding the FTC’s investigation into privacy complaints about Zoom, the video conferencing software. (Reuters — May 11, 2020)

May 13, 2020
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It’s great for public health, it’s great for voting rights, it’s going to be great for participation because this November’s election is still slated to be the consequential election of our lifetime.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said regarding the state’s decision to issue mail-in ballots to all registered voters for the fall election to avoid coronavirus concerns. (Reuters — May 8, 2020)

May 12, 2020
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In just two months the unemployment rate has gone from the lowest rate in 50 years to the highest rate in almost 90 years.

Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial, of the drastic change that the U.S. workforce has experienced in the past month due to the coronavirus pandemic, as unemployment spiked to 14.7 percent. (AP News — May 8, 2020)

May 11, 2020
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... there is no single company that can solve the most challenging online content decisions today.

Thomas Hughes, the administrative director of a new board that will have oversight of Facebook and Instagram, having the final say over whether content should or should not be allowed. (The Hill — May 6, 2020)

May 8, 2020
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Class of 2020, these are not easy times. But we will get through them. And with your leadership, the world will be stronger than before.

Bill and Melinda Gates, billionaire philanthropists, wrote in their commencement speech addressed to the Class of 2020, many of whom will not experience actual graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus pandemic. (The Wall Street Journal — May 1, 2020)

May 7, 2020
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