Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020-21 undergraduate application cycle featured an unprecedented 36.3 percent spike in Ivy League applications, with Columbia seeing a 51 percent increase. It is likely that Columbia’s record-low 3.7 percent acceptance rate was, in part, due to a decision by all Ivies except Princeton to make standardized testing optional this year. In a system where standardized testing costs range from $50 to $70, a harrowing expense for many low-income students, will this groundbreaking policy change inspire a long-overdue move toward increased admissions equity and diversity?...
From the United States, with love: Cybersecurity as the Biden administration’s first policy priority
By Sean Conlon
About six weeks after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released details of a widespread computer breach of over 250 U.S. agencies and businesses worldwide on December 17. This breach has affected roughly 18,000 individuals. According to CISA, this global breach was made by “an advanced persistent threat actor beginning in at least March 2020.” Contrary to the Russian foreign ministry classifying the events as “another unfounded attempt by the U.S. media to blame Russia for cyberattacks against U.S. agencies,” cybersecurity experts who cite the “highly-sophisticated” nature of said breach believe the hacking group known as “Cozy Bear,” or ATP29, from Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service is responsible....