Leveraging data to combat COVID-19
Reporting of COVID-19 data has been under the scanner since the pandemic began. Experts address the ongoing need to make sound decisions with the limited data during the coronavirus pandemic at the Misinformation in Medicine Summit 2020.By Deepika KhuranaThe coronavirus crisis has put a spotlight on the need for data availability, correctness, and transparency. In a crisis situation, like we are in today, data can be an essential tool – right from crafting responses and allocating resources to measuring the effectiveness of interventions, such as social distancing, and use of the mask, etc.How...
Fact-checking COVID-19 misinformation using online search data
Tracking Google Search trends reveal a lot about the pandemic. Such data also reveals the public perception of the disease. Journalists from Africa and India teamed up for a session to share insights from the internet at the Misinformation in Medicine Summit 2020.By Anuja Venkatachalam What can internet searches tell us about COVID-19? In April 2020, media organisations Africa Check, DataLEADS, and BOOM partnered with Google Search to use online search data to identify and fact-check harmful vectors of misinformation related to COVID-19.Journalists Motunrayo Joel, Deputy Editor at Africa Check...
Yuantong ordered to address security rules after leaking clients’ data
Employees of YTO Express sort packages at a distribution center in southwest China's Guizhou Province on November 11. Photo: ICYuantong Express (YTO), one of China's largest couriers, was ordered to rectify its operations after some employees were found to have colluded with outsiders to steal and sell more than 400,000 items of clients' personal data, according to a release by Shanghai's cyberspace affairs office on Wednesday.Official supervision and punishment of personal information leaks must be strengthened to protect personal information and improve public awareness of data security, exp...
NCRC Statement On OCC’s Proposed CRA Thresholds
Yesterday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a proposed rule for establishing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) evaluation measure thresholds, retail lending distribution test thresholds, and community development minimums under the general performance standards set forth in the agency’s 2020 final rule. Rather than proposing the promised thresholds, the OCC is instead launching a data collection effort to obtain the very data that should have been the basis of its final rule.Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreStatement On The Proposed CRA ThresholdsJ...
EU plans data shakeup to boost home-grown innovation
The EU on Wednesday unveiled proposals for rules covering the transfer of valuable data as it aims to create an innovation hub on a par with the US and China.From autos to vaccines, access to industrial data is critical to the future of the global economy and the EU is worried that lack of trust among member states will stifle growth.Brussels is also keen to protect European businesses from the supremacy of the US and China, the global superpowers widely perceived to dominate the digital economy in Europe.And data privacy is a huge issue in Europe, where a series of top-level court cases threa...
HTTPS only: Firefox now blocks websites without encrypted connections
An encrypted connection isn't just important for spies and whistleblowers, or even when you're doing online banking. It's about ensuring your personal information and data is less vulnerable to hacking, no matter what website you're on.That's why Firefox is now putting up a new protective screen, and is alerting users before they load a website with a private connection.Personal information, like emails, private messages or medical information, is essentially being served up to attackers on a silver platter if the website you're visiting does not offer an encrypted connection - in other words ...
CBA discloses data from foreign exchange auction
By TrendThe Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) sold $62.7 million to banks at the foreign exchange auction held with the participation of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) on November 24, 2020, Trend reports citing the country’s CBA.The demand from banks at the auction decreased by 0.2 percent compared to the previous indicator and was fully met.At the end of the auction, the weighted average rate of the manat to the dollar amounted to 1.7 AZN / USD.The first foreign exchange auction for a long time was held with the participation of SOFAZ on March 10, 2020, during which Azerbaijani banks...
French users sue Muslim prayer app over alleged US army links
French users of a Muslim prayer app accused of selling data that ended up with the US army are suing the company, their lawyers said Monday.Former subscribers to the Muslim Pro app, which claims to have 95 million users around the world, have filed the complaint after media reports accused the group of having shared its data with companies connected to the US army.The lawsuit, revealed by France's RTL radio, accuses the company of data protection offences, abuse of trust, endangering other people's lives and conspiracy to commit murder.The case is due to be filed on Tuesday.It follows a report...
I sent FOIs to UK government departments – then they shared my personal data
The Freedom of Information Act is 20 this year. On good days, I think how it is such an important tool for holding those in power to account. No matter who you are, where you live, what your political leanings are and what you do for a living, you can submit an FOI request to access information from your local council all the way up to Whitehall departments.The Freedom of Information Act has been responsible for vitally important revelations. Without FOI, MPs could still be claiming for bath plugs and duck houses.But on bad days – and I seem to have more of them lately – I despair at how our r...
New data proves Trump administration efforts to battle COVID have not just been effective but are SAVING LIVES
By Duncan SmithThe way Democrats and the party’s propaganda division, the ‘mainstream media,’ have treated President Donald Trump and his administration regarding their top-notch, no-holds-barred approach to confronting the COVID-19 pandemic is a national disgrace.No doubt people from other countries who were watching those jackals tear down our president day after day, despite the fact that he deployed every level of power and every resource available, were sometimes disgusted as well.After all, when the man said a month or so ago that he believed we’d have a COVID vaccine before the election...
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