Some Stanford election experts worry that the American right to a free and fair election is in jeopardy. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the United States and countries around the world, there is a growing consensus among experts that the ongoing and escalating effects of the pandemic have the potential to devastate the upcoming U.S. election and to American democracy at large.
Experts painted a grave picture of the impact of COVID-19 in Latin America at an Aug. 5 webinar. This region has rapidly become a global hotspot of COVID-19 as home to 25% of the world’s victims and cases spiking at alarmingly high rates.
Researchers at Stanford have partnered with colleagues at MIT to establish the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project, a multilateral coalition that was formed “to ensure that the upcoming 2020 election can proceed with integrity, safety, and equal access” according to their website, healthyelections.org.
Stanford University had a notable presence at the 37th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) last week, with a leading number of citations and papers, ahead of other machine learning powerhouses MIT, U.C. Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and Princeton.
A Stanford research group, SC-COSMO, is creating modeling to help inform policy that could curtail the spread of COVID-19 in prisons by providing answers to questions such as what resources should be used to address cases, and what targeted nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPI), like social distancing, can do to protect prisoners, guards and administrators. Additionally, the research group is using contact tracing to identify patterns within the spread of novel coronavirus among prisoners, so that it may be easier to detect and contain outbreaks among the incarcerated population.