Study identifies Milford’s government as healthy with room for improvement

MILFORD — Before the start of last week’s Milford City Council meeting, the members gathered virtually for a public presentation on the status of the city’s government. “As part of the budget last year, we included money for a staffing analysis … (as) we brought forward to council a number of requests for additional staff,” […]

Best Bets: African American, Ladybug Music festivals going online

Although Delaware has started to open up little by little, the state’s entertainment scene hasn’t gotten quite so bold, as evidenced by the coming week’s slate of online events. Dover’s 30th annual African American Festival, The Ladybug Music Festival and even a Kent County Theatre Guild play will all take place virtually in the forthcoming […]

Facebook removes Trump ads with symbols once used by Nazis

WASHINGTON — Facebook has removed a campaign ad by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that featured an upside-down red triangle, a symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, communists and others in concentration camps. The company said in a statement Thursday that the ads violated “our policy against organized hate.” […]

Commentary: What Delaware is doing to connect kids

By Paul Herdman As any parent who’s helped a kid navigate through the bendy digital world of Schoology, DreamBox, or Khan Academy can tell you, digital learning in 2020 is serious business. Thanks to COVID-19, most Delaware public schools shifted to exclusively remote, online learning for students this spring. And while stakeholders are currently working […]

Commentary: Crisis shows need for open internet, universal broadband

By Sen. Nicole Poore Delawareans have had their lives turned upside down by COVID-19. Every day, I talk to dozens of constituents coping with lost or furloughed jobs, shuttered businesses, mounting bills and uncertainty about health care and education for their children. Our state and our nation are learning just how vulnerable we are to […]

Trump signs executive order challenging Twitter, social media protections

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. Announced with fanfare, the president’s action yet appeared to be more about politics than substance. He aims to rally […]

Trump calls out social media after Twitter fact-checks him

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. The president can’t unilaterally regulate or close the companies, which would require action by Congress or the Federal Communications Commission. But that didn’t stop Trump from angrily issuing […]

Delaware House holds first virtual session

DOVER — The Delaware of House of Representatives made history in just 20 minutes Tuesday. Members of the chamber took part in the first virtual legislative session in state history, yet another reminder of how COVID-19 has altered our world. The chamber, which has not met in person in four months, convened briefly to approve […]

Commentary: Be careful out there meeting in cyberspace

By James Collins As we are all being cautious to protect ourselves and loved ones from contracting COVID-19, we must also be careful not to let intruders invade our virtual lives. It is unimaginable that a child’s online class could be hijacked by pornographic images or a virtual community meeting can suddenly be bombarded by […]

Commentary: The trouble with virtual communication

By Dr. Myna German Jeremy Bailenson, a Stanford Univ psychologist and author of Experience on Demand, has studied virtual communication for twenty years and sees big problems with it compared to “au naturel.” Eye contact is next to nil on Zoom or the equivalent and all you see are technology Gallery grids. You can’t see […]

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