By: Joseph Woodson California’s Digital Divide From day to day transactions to disaster preparedness, our modern society increasingly relies on internet access. In 2017, 74% of households in California had broadband subscriptions, while 90% of households in California reported using the internet in some lesser form (such as mobile service, friendly hotspots, antiquated dial-up connections, … Continue reading California: The Digital Divide and Approaches to Securing Telecommunications During Crisis
By: Ridgeway Woulfe Remove the racist nickname of the Washington football team. Acknowledge black lives matter. Address blackface in a real way. Recognize the disparity in police tactics regarding race. Allow and support peaceful protest. Stop whitewashing in the media. Stop honoring the confederacy. A lot is changing it seems. Society is ceding to demands … Continue reading Corporate America and the Status Quo: Minor Concessions in the Face of Revolutionary Demands
By: Joseph Woodson For many, internet access allowed life to proceed through online formats during the COVID-19 pandemic. For others, transitioning to relying on internet access comes with many challenges. Internet access challenges include too many siblings on a shared network, inability to pay utility bills, service outages, etc. Lacking internet access causes more hardship … Continue reading San Diego: Internet Access Challenges Slowing Disaster Relief Efforts
By: Emily Casillas My name is Emily Casillas. I am a bi-racial (Mexican and Irish) cisgender[i] female. I have white privilege. I have not and do not live with the weight of discrimination and racism that plagues my siblings of color. I am putting this privilege to use, to advocate and raise awareness on issues … Continue reading Black Lives Matter: The American System of Racism
By: Robert Bryson I was born in the United States, as were both my parents, and my fathers’ family back to the colonies. My mother’s parents emigrated here from the Philippines. My mother’s father joined the U.S. Navy for citizenship and fought in Vietnam as an American. Just because I was born in this country, … Continue reading Perspective: What Would It Take?
By: Katie Wotherspoon The coronavirus pandemic turned the world upside down—but could this shift be an incredible opportunity for women? There are numerous COVID-19 concerns that disenfranchise women, yet there may be a glimmer of hope stemming from leaders who are successfully battling various COVID-19 concerns. Although women are disadvantaged by the coronavirus because of … Continue reading Women Leaders Faring Better Than Men—How COVID-19 Could Be a Revolutionary Opportunity for Women
By: Robert Bryson A well-funded IRS discourages fraud, ensures companies compete under the same rules, and provides quality information and service to worried taxpayers. Since 2008, the IRS budget has declined 20% from approximately $14 billion to $11.135 billion. In that time, personnel levels have dropped 20% while the IRS has contended with a 9% … Continue reading IRS Funding Cuts Encourages Tax Evasion, Fraud, and Poor-Quality Service
By: Robert Bryson The concept of “Post-Truth” was perfectly encapsulated in the first episode of the Colbert Report during the inaugural segment of “The Word,” wherein Stephen Colbert famously declared: “Face it, folks, we are a divided nation … divided between those who think with their head and those who know with their heart … … Continue reading Post-Truth: A New Future? Not Yet.
By: Robert Bryson Recent allegations are being thrown around by both Republicans and Democrats that the side-opposite is “politicizing” COVID-19 and using it to push through “their” agenda. However, politics isn’t a bad word. Politics is another word to describe the process by which a group of people make a decision. HOAs, unions, book clubs, … Continue reading Everything is Politics (1)
The Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative (PIAC) respectfully submits to the Department of Energy (DOE) the following comments in opposition of the Dishwasher Petition the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed on March 21, 2018; Docket No. EERE-2018-BT-SDT-0005-0001; 83 Fed. Reg. 17768 (April 24, 2018). PIAC Supports AHAM’s Caution Against Inventing a New Class of Dishwasher PIAC … Continue reading PIAC Comments on Dishwasher Petition; Docket No. EERE-2018-BT-STD-0005-0001