Apr 7, 2020
Jessica Fulton (@JessicaJFulton) is the Vice President at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies where she engages in research and analysis to identify policies that advance the socioeconomic status of the Black community. She also manages the Joint Center's Policy Incubator. Prior to joining the Joint Center, she served as External Relations Director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. She has also held positions at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute and the Chicago Urban League. Jessica is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and serves as Board Chair of The Black Swan Academy. Jessica earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and a Master's Degree in Economic Policy Analysis from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at Depaul University.
The New York Times reports that domestic violence cases are rising around the world, citing data provided by domestic violence hotlines, which have seen an uptick of reports over the last month. Rihanna and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey have stepped in, though, by contributing a combined $4.2 million to a new effort to address domestic abuse. Jack Dorsey also announced this week that he’ll be contributing $1 billion of his own money to the coronavirus fight.
Axios reported this week that public transportation systems are struggling to hold on as coronavirus lockdowns and a rise in coronavirus cases among transit employees, have all but crippled transit systems across the country--causing massive losses in revenue—to the tune of some $38 billion combined. The transit crisis threatens essential workers in particular, many of which are people ofc color.
Apple and Google have joined forces to launch a system that uses Bluetooth to track the spread of coronavirus. The companies plan to share the data with government and health agencies. But the tracking would be opt-in only and only public health officials would be permitted to use the data. The technology works not by tracking location data, but by tracking individuals to better determine how the disease travels from person to person.
Ars Technica reports that while Comcast has the best program for low income consumers during the coronavirus pandemic, Verizon, Charter and other carriers are coming up short. While Verizon is offering steeply discounted internet service, it’s only available to FiOS subscribers, and not consumers who use DSL. Verizon says its DSL service is too slow, since its making its discounted service available to Lifeline consumers only, and that its DSL service doesn’t meet the FCC’s minimum speed requirement. The availability of high speed internet service around the country is inconsistent, with different regions having more access than others, which highlights discriminatory redlining.
Naborly, an app that helps landlords screen tenant applicants, is engaging in some curious tactics during this uncertain time of mass unemployment. As the number of unemployment claims has soared in recent weeks, the company has been flagging tenants who haven’t paid rent since April 1st.
The state of North Carolina is looking to set up and improve its online voting system, to allow voters to cast their ballots without leaving home. Activists are concerned about privacy violations and the potential for hacks and voter suppression.