Opinion

COVID recovery must be approached with caution

BY PAUL H. KUPIEC Emergency lockdowns have been successful in keeping ICUs from being overwhelmed, but as the economy reopens, virus spread continues, generating recessionary pressure on the economy. There are at least two competing views on how the federal

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The internet, COVID-19, and the open society

BY BRET SWANSON One promise of the internet was to lower barriers. It would obliterate the distance limitations of geography and the gatekeeping functions of big media, big business, big academia, and big government. At first, it did this through

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SWANSON: Reaching the broadband end zone, going the last 5 yards

BY BRET SWANSON We’ve recounted the many ways the pandemic revealed the superlative capacity, coverage, and robustness of the American internet. COVID-19 has even spurred accelerations of long-overdue innovations, such as telemedicine. But intense reliance on network connectivity since the start of the pandemic has

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MCMAHON: Quick economic comeback requires action

BY E.J. McMAHON The coronavirus pandemic has prompted an unprecedented shutdown of normal human activity and commerce across much of the developed world. New York State and the nation have entered uncharted economic territory, facing what may be the worst

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ORRELL: Pandemics, elites, and the future of the cities

BY BRENT ORRELL Pandemics have not historically been equal-opportunity offenders. Those with resources tend to decamp to country estates while those without bear the brunt of infections and deaths. Two maps from recent editions of the New York Times illustrate how nothing is more constant