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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

UPDATED DAILY: Coronavirus Response Resources Guide for Government Leaders

The novel coronavirus has tested the durability of federal, state and local governments around the country and the world. This list of resources is meant to connect leaders with useful tools to aid in response efforts.

By Dustin Haisler, Futures and Innovation Editor  |  March 20, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Pandemic Raises Cyberattack Fears; Election Security Trouble?

This week’s security newsletter covers the growing concerns about hacker opportunities while states and localities struggle to manage operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Meanwhile, what to do about election security?

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  April 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Regaining Control of Technology One Microchip at a Time

Revisiting a prediction about microchip implants in the brain allows society to ask questions about how much technology we need and the importance of enacting proactive regulations to restrain potential abuse.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  April 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Louisiana Quickly Shifts Thousands to Working Remotely

After issuing a stay-at-home order, Louisiana workers have transitioned to working remotely during April. But many companies had to scramble to ensure their workers had the capability to work from home.

By Timothy Boone, The Advocate  |  April 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

AI Could Change Health Care for Good, Says Software Exec

A Microsoft executive believes that COVID-19 could revolutionize the way artificial intelligence is used in health care, now and in the future. Even beyond telehealth developments, increased tech could mean early detection of disease.

By Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times  |  April 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Income-Tax-Dependent Ohio Now Faces Uneasy Future

Four of Ohio’s cities are dependent on income taxes. With thousands now unemployed, the coronavirus’s financial toll continues to mount. “Who knows how long this is going to last, but the effect will be felt immediately.”

By Bill Bush, The Columbus Dispatch  |  April 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Pa. Only Shares COVID-19 Information With Some Counties

Only 10 of Pennsylvania’s counties or municipalities are allowed to have detailed data about infectious diseases in the area. An antiquated law is frustrating officials and threatening to further spread the coronavirus.

By Jonathan D. Silver, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  |  April 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Coronavirus Prompts California Courts to Go Virtual

The legal system has had to adapt to a virtual system as the coronavirus threat continues. While some believe this can help the courts break down barriers and silos, many are concerned about the efficacy of virtual court.

By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle  |  April 7, 2020
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Future in Context

The Pandemic, Captain Crozier of Today's U.S.S. Roosevelt and the Rough Rider

The removal of Captain Brett E. Cozier of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt for his handling of the coronavirus evokes the sometimes-controversial career of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  April 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

How to Keep the Lights of Business On and Save the Tax Base

A short-term federal forgivable-loan program for property owners whose tenants can't pay their rent during the pandemic would protect badly needed state and local revenues.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  April 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

What Effective Public Leaders Do to Get Ahead of a Crisis

In confronting a deadly challenge like the coronavirus pandemic, they create a unified command and a compelling scoreboard, while maintaining a cadence of action, accountability and communication.

By Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Andrew Feldman of Grant Thornton  |  April 6, 2020
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