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The Age of Peak Journalism?

Journalism’s value to consumers has decreased dramatically, even as its role in society has become increasingly important. Traditional media companies are struggling to get by, as they compete to stay relevant in the attention economy dominated by social media giants. In order to drive engagement and stay relevant in the constant news cycle, publishers often have to resort to lower quality journalism, optimizing for clicks over quality.

COVID-19 and Technology: A New Age for Clinical Trials

COVID-19 has accelerated the technological and administrative innovation of clinical trials. The RECOVERY trial — responsible for discrediting the hydroxychloroquine treatment and demonstrating the efficacy of the steroid dexamethasone — heralds this paradigm shift. Former FDA Commissioner Robert Califf discusses these developments.

Showcasing the Crown Education Challenge Finalists

In March, we announced our partnership with the Crown Education Challenge to showcase the 30 finalists of the inaugural 2020 Crown Education Challenge, “Hope during a Pandemic,” selected from over 1600 submission received from elementary, middle, and high schools across 63 countries. Today, we’re incredibly proud to announce and feature these winners, who demonstrated exceptional creativity, communication, impact, originality, and effort in their pieces.

The New (Inter)Faces of American Politics: Start-ups Changing the Way We Vote This Election

The 2020 US election is only a few days away, and like most things in life, it is being drastically affected by developments in technology. Recent events have deterred some from trusting technology to preserve our right to vote. However, several startups are on a mission to innovate the ways citizens share their voice without compromising democracy. Can they get out the vote without rocking the boat?

Taking on the Misinformation Crisis

With the 2020 election approaching, misinformation continues to flood social media,
threatening the integrity of our democracy. We, the HTR board, call on tech companies to rethink their platforms’ structures and assume responsibility for facilitating harm to our democracy.

How to Make the Election More Accessible for Everyone

Millions of Americans with disabilities are excluded from voting and participating in our presidential elections. For example, this year’s televised presidential and vice-presidential debates were inaccessible to viewers with hearing loss. Despite voter equality legislation and more accessible polling options, voter turnout among registered voters with disabilities has remained low in many states. We need to enforce more effective voter legislation and rethink how campaigns and television programs can become more accessible.

Better Late Than Never; Twitter and Facebook Enact New Civic Misinformation Policies

“Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA. Must have final total on November 3rd.” This misleading and inflammatory tweet from President Trump, unfortunately, is only one of millions of posts circulating on social media which contains false information about the electoral process, a system integral to American democracy. How will Twitter and Facebook, two tech giants, avoid a repeat of their past failures and fight online misinformation at this critical junction for the American people?

A More Perfect Union: Technology and Democracy

Technology is at center of the 2020 election. Misinformation, polarization, and extremism are spreading across social media platforms and undermining the civic process. With our democracy at stake, we must identify how platforms enable these threats, and how we as users can gain control back from the system. Once we understand how we got here, we can move forward with specific, actionable, and meaningful steps to reclaim technology for the future.

Sing, Songbird

By Salome Agbaroji They say to her,Fold yourself into the wells of your ovaries,Far away from your tear ducts,In seclusion … More

Dear Mr. Moon

By Siyan Chan Silvery light shone through the ashy wisps;       hung on the midnight sky, cool and crisp, a … More

Crop of Hope

By Victor Tong Nagong’s garden was the eighth wonder of the world: part jungle and part cornucopia, bursting with heavenly … More

Looking for Hope

By Britney Pham A poem that reveals a different perspective when read backwards line by line “I know I can … More

Novel Hopes

By Ng Jun Heng, Rayson Abstract: The first and last sentences of this essay are taken from the first line … More

Interview #234

By Rachel Levin [There is a creaking, long and apologetic, indicating the closing ofa door. Fabric rustles. The subject sighs.]Subject … More

thoughts on quarantine

By Steve Kusuma Quarantine.An ostensibly strange fever dreamFilled with sensibly angled companies, hearts dangling at the seam,Or blue-blooded celebrities preaching … More

An Ode to Right Now

By Alyssa Ho this is an odewithout any beginningor a thoughtto how it will end this is an odethat as … More

The Silent Prayer

By Jannat Anees Description: This watercolour, silver leaf and gold ink painting seeks to depict the crucial role of medical … More

Under the Mask

By Helen Ngo Description: Virus. Infected. Thug. Dangerous. I created a split portrait between an Asian and African child bounded … More