Earlier this month the Trump administration stripped the CDC of its control over the nation’s Coronavirus data. By insisting that all case reporting be funneled through the White House, the administration further undermined public trust in its pandemic response and tainted any future release of information with the prospect of having been politicized. But incidents like this are symptomatic of a deeper problem, Julia Lane, a professor of public policy at NYU, explains in her new book, Democratizing Our Data: A Manifesto. She argues that the steady decline in data quality produced by the government that we’ve seen in recent years is not just a threat to our information-based economy but the very foundations of our democracy itself.
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