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Amtrak’s Lessons for Access to the Airwaves

The Weekly Wonk

Last week's Amtrak derailment has once again put wireless spectrum front and center. Michael Calabrese and Patrick Lucey from the Open Technology Institute explain the current and future stakes of spectrum allocation.

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article | May 21, 2015 | The Weekly Wonk
Local Journalism in the Digital Age

Local Journalism in the Digital Age

Philip Napoli

How can local journalism be updated for the 21st century? In the latest edition of the Weekly Wonk, researchers from The New Measures Research Project at Rutgers University explain their unique approach to identifying the health of local news ecosystems and locating areas of staggering information inequality.

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article | May 21, 2015 | The Weekly Wonk
WHO IS THE FREELANCE ECONOMY HURTING?

WHO IS THE FREELANCE ECONOMY HURTING?

These days, it’s all about the freelance economy—or what many experts envision as the new economic normal. As the economy makes its bland recovery, flexible (no-benefits and low-cost) freelance (a.k.a. “shared,” a.ka. “contingency”) work is all the rage.

But who benefits from this supposed freelance ...

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article | May 08, 2015 | The Weekly Wonk
CULTURE is CRucial

CULTURE is CRucial

How do we make people's lives better--whether by improving the end-of-life experience of terminal patients or by maximizing development efforts in global spaces? 

For Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal, and Darren Walker, president and CEO of Ford Foundation, the answer is simple: we listen to people tell ...

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