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Vilsack confirmation gives away the farm
Nan Swift

Tom Vilsack will once again assume the top spot at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to support his confirmation. Vilsack previously served as Secretary…

Vanlife Challenges in a Cyber World
Franklin Lee

It was a late, cold winter night in 2019. Tightly wrapped in a sleeping bag inside a van parked at a local Walmart in Hyattsville, MD, I desperately tapped my phone, attempting to refresh my cellular…

How Retail Suppliers May Have Helped Texans Save Money
Mike Haugh

The widespread outages across the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) system were a result of many errors in the wholesale energy markets. Electric generators that could not run when called…

A problem “30 years in the making”
Anthony Marcum

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing on the need for new lower federal court judgeships, a problem the…

Questions for the Texas Legislative Hearings on Winter Blackouts
Josiah Neeley & Beth Garza

On Thursday, the Texas House and Senate will hold hearings about the causes and consequences of the recent Texas blackouts. The hearings will be a good opportunity to get clarity on exactly what went…

The Great War, Part 4: The Internet vs Truth
Chris Riley

“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” This accidentally poignant cartoon from The New Yorker in 1993 kicked off a long-standing tension between the internet and truth. Nearly 20 years…

Florida, it’s time to act: the prosecution and expungement of juveniles
Camille Infantolino

As Florida lawmakers head to Tallahassee on March 2 for a 60-day legislative sprint, they’ll be faced with a slew of pressing priorities. Yet amidst the craze, improving Florida’s shameful record…

On COVID-19 aid, Congress should follow the numbers
Nan Swift

For 11 months, experts and commentators from all corners of the political world have urged anyone who will listen to “follow the science” when discussing lock-downs, vaccines, reopening schools…

Hack the Plant Episode 8: Department of Defense & Critical Infrastructure
Bryson Bort & William Gray

“What Jack Voltaic does, it takes a bottoms up approach to this critical infrastructure resilience by looking at the city level. So we’re not focused on region or multi-state, but the action is…

Cybersecurity 2021 and Beyond
Franklin Lee

The year 2020 was tough in more ways than one; but cybersecurity may have been one of the most understated and concerning issues. Within the year, cyber attackers targeted hospitals, schools,…