Norway is one of many countries that rushed out apps to trace and monitor the coronavirus this spring, only to scramble to address serious complaints that soon arose over extensive user data-mining or poor security practices. Human rights groups and technologists have warned that the design of many apps put hundreds of millions of people at risk for stalking, scams, identity theft or oppressive government tracking — and could undermine trust in public health efforts. The problems have emerged just as some countries are poised to deploy even more intrusive technologies, including asking hundreds of thousands of workers to wear virus-tracking wristbands around the clock. … [Read more...] about Virus-tracing apps are rife with problems. Governments are rushing to fix them
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The glitches took place just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is “looking at” banning TikTok, whose China-based parent company, ByteDance, is the focus of increasing scrutiny from government regulators and privacy advocates. … [Read more...] about Widespread TikTok glitches mess with people’s likes and reality
South Korea’s, India’s, and Germany’s experiences suggest a three-question test for gauging the potential of such apps: Does the government have its citizens’ trust, leading citizens to believe that the government is not collecting data or, if it is, will not misuse it? Are citizens willing to “pay” for improved health outcomes by accepting some loss of privacy? Are there events in the nation’s history that help shift the balance in favor of citizens’ willingness to share data? … [Read more...] about Digital contact tracing won’t save Americans from COVID-19
“Once students come back to classes, whenever that be, I wonder whether parents’ number one concern will go from ‘Is my child paying attention?’ to ‘Did my child touch anyone else?,’ Ranganathan says.Reopening of schools and colleges, however, will not put paid to online learning now. In fact, many ed-tech firms believe that online learning is here to stay in some form or the other hereon. … [Read more...] about Online teaching is hot skill now, but what does it take to get there?
Police resorted to force to ensure order and social distancing norms, besides asking people through public address systems to remain indoors and not to panic as the government will ensure supply of essential commodities during the lockdown period. … [Read more...] about Panic buying ensues in Bengal markets ahead of lockdown in containment zones