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Philadelphia Inquirer

America can overcome COVID-19, despite Trump’s do-nothing approach. Here’s how

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel spoke about the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic and offered advice to a possible Biden administration. “There must be a management strategy, with the locus in the White House,” said Emanuel.

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The New York Times

Forget antitrust laws. To limit tech, some say a new regulator is needed

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp expressed concern about proposals for the creation of a regulatory authority to manage big tech companies. “I’m very uncomfortable with the regulatory path, especially if it means things like getting government approval for product changes,” he said. “The history of regulation shows that it is an innovation killer.”

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The New York Times

Google up against laws that thwarted Microsoft (and others since 1890)

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp commented on an antitrust lawsuit filed against Google by the U.S. Justice Department this week. “The case looks narrow but fairly strong,” he said. “The focus on restrictive contracts by a dominant company is as old as the Sherman Act,” the bedrock antitrust law of 1890.

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NPR

Facebook keeps data secret, letting conservative bias claims persist

PIK Professor Duncan Watts is working with Facebook to analyze its content for bias. "Mostly it's mainstream content," he said. "If anything, there is a bias in favor of conservative content."

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The Wall Street Journal

Thousands of American troops to take part in COVID-19 early-detection study

PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno commented on plans to conduct a COVID-19 early-detection study on U.S. troops. “Should we ask for consent if it reveals medical issues that a person in uniform may not want revealed and is not relevant to job performance?” he asked.

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Consumer Reports

Medical algorithms have a race problem

Nwamaka Eneanya of the Perelman School of Medicine and PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts spoke about how factoring a patient’s race into medical tests and treatments can exacerbate health disparities. “It’s promoting the idea that Black people as a race are distinguishable biologically—just because of their race—from other human beings,” said Roberts.

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