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The Washington Post, April 15, 2019
Tax Day 2019: Did the GOP tax bill live up to its promises?
“It’s really too early to tell. Fortune 500 company tax directors are still figuring out the law and how to do their taxes,” said Victor Fleischer, a tax law professor at University of California Irvine. “They haven’t really gotten to the step of changing the way they make investments going forward.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Radio New Zealand, April 14, 2019 (Podcast)
Governments gear up to crack down on social media
Prof Roxane Cohen Silver from the University of California in Irvine began studying the effect of graphic images of terrorism in the media after 9/11 attacks in the US. … “It’s not merely the responsibility of social media organisations but also the responsibility of the consumer to be aware of the consequences of exposure to these kinds of images,” Silver told the paper.

CNN, April 15, 2019 (Opinion)
30 years after Tiananmen massacre, Taiwan shows another way for China
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history at UC Irvine and Margaret Lewis write, “Thirty years ago Monday, the most important Chinese mass movement of the last half-century began when Beijing students gathered to mourn Hu Yaobang, a reformist official. … Taiwan’s history does not tell us what will happen in the PRC in the near future, but it does give us reason to hope that policies … can eventually change. The question that remains is how, and when?”

The Sydney Morning Herald, April 15, 2019
Phones no worse for you than potatoes, international expert says
Candice Odgers, a professor of psychological science at the University of California Irvine, said phone prohibition had proven controversial among teachers and parents around the world, with parents often opposed to bans. “They’re concerned about smartphone use but don’t want to be disconnected from their children.”

Wired, April 13, 2019
Optimize algorithms to support kids online, not exploit them
As I was working on my last column about young people and screen time, I spent some time talking to my sister, Mimi Ito, who directs the Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine. We discussed how these problems and the negative publicity around screens were causing caregivers to develop unhealthy relationships with their children while trying to regulate their exposure to screens and the content they delivered.

Previously “In the News”