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Contact tracing apps need to ensure they are used for stated purpose only: UNIGF Secretariat Head

Privacy is an important policy aspect of contact-tracing apps being developed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it needs to be ensured that these apps are used for their stated purpose only, United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat Head Chengetai Masango said on Monday. PTI June 29, 2020, 20:17 IST New Delhi: […]

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How the US’ massive failure to close digital divide got exposed by coronavirus

By Will Carless / June 22, 2020 It’s a normal lockdown morning for Alexis and his 9-year-old daughter, Eva. They’re huddled in front of Alexis’ cellphone and a laptop. Father and daughter urge the two machines to forge a decent connection and deliver the internet to the laptop. “Waiting and waiting and waiting,” Eva says.  “It’s very slow,” […]

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The digital divide in times of pandemic

The Cellular Operators Association of India shows that the average data consumption has increased by 30 percent as a result of the lockdownBy TPT Bureau | Agencies -May 21, 20200 As nationwide lockdowns have constrained and minimized the physical mobility and interactions of people, the virtual world has gained greater prominence in our everyday life. Stringent measures leading to […]

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Megacity Slums Incubate Disease – But the Coronavirus Response Isn’t Helping the Billion People Who Live in Them

CONTRIBUTOR: THE CONVERSATION Having ravaged some of the world’s wealthiest cities, the coronavirus pandemic is now spreading into the megacities of developing countries. Sprawling urban areas in Brazil, Nigeria and Bangladesh are all seeing COVID-19 infections rise rapidly. We study the fragility and resilience of such cities and their urban peripheries, with the aim of encouraging data-driven policy decisions. Given its deadly trajectory in marginalized communities of hard-hit New […]

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Data Protection During a Pandemic – African DPAs Respond

Amanda Manyame Tech Law and Policy Advisor LinkedIn Profile In an attempt to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, governments are using citizens’ personal data by collecting health data and contact information of people suspected to have been infected by the virus. This has led to countries adopting contact tracing measures which involve the surveillance of citizens […]

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Quarantine fatigue has well and truly set in – and that could spell trouble

Arwa Mahdawi In some US states, bars are already packed again and you can even get your nails done. Will lockdown boredom lead to a dreaded second wave? Wed 20 May 2020 07.00 BST Coronavirus is officially cancelled: the US is bored of it, so it is over. That is what it feels like, anyway. In Wisconsin, bars […]

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Tracking COVID-19 With the IoT May Put Your Privacy at Risk

The coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to balance public health and personal privacy By Stacey Higginbotham The Internet of Things makes the invisible visible. That’s the IoT’s greatest feature, but also its biggest potential drawback. More sensors on more people means the IoT becomes a visible web of human connections that we can use to, say, track […]

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Parking Lots Have Become a Digital Lifeline

With cafes and libraries closed, Americans without internet access are sitting outside them to get free and fast connections. By Cecilia Kang As the sun set on a recent evening in Rutherfordton, N.C., the author Beth Revis drove her green S.U.V. into the parking lot of a closed elementary school and connected to the building’s free […]

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APC Working Online Guide

https://www.apc.org/en/node/36145/ 4 MAY 2020WHAT DO SOCIAL CHANGE ORGANISATIONS NEED TO KEEP IN MIND TO WORK ONLINE? APC RELAUNCHES “CLOSER THAN EVER” GUIDE APC has been working as a completely virtual, remotely connected network since it was born in 1990, evolving and adapting throughout these 30 years. Now that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing many […]

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While More Americans Rely on Parking Lot Wi-Fi, Many Public Libraries Do Not Have Adequate Broadband

Many digital equity advocates applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s recent clarification explicitly allowing public schools and libraries to let their communities access E-Rate-supported Wi-Fi services while their buildings are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This development will hopefully make public libraries feel more comfortable sharing their E-Rate-supported Wi-Fi access without fearing any penalties from the FCC. And, […]