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  • Russia Infecting the Planet with Disinformation | COVID-19 & Creeping Authoritarianism | Army’s “Safety Bubble,” and more
    by Staff on April 3, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    4/3/20 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  0 Russia Is Infecting the Planet with Disinformation (Stewart McDonald, The Times) The modern conspiracy theory is far more subtle. We should learn from some recent examples. Remember Russia’s interference in the last US election? What sometimes started as community Facebook groups for football fans or gardening hobbyists was found to be a Russian state effort, via its notorious Internet Research Agency, to slowly build an audience ripe for manipulation. read more

  • Resilient Teams: How Harvard Innovation Labs Ventures Are Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    by Staff on April 3, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    4/3/20 Innovation labs Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Accure Health develops a digital diagnostic platform to enable fast, affordable and highly accurate diagnostic solutions at the point of care. Upon identifying that one of the biggest risks to addressing this pandemic is lack of adequate testing, the venture began devoting significant efforts to create a COVID-19 blood test that will provide rapid and automated diagnosis as well as real-time monitoring of vaccination effectiveness. read more

  • Global COVID-19 Total Races Past 1 Million Mark
    by Guest Writer on April 3, 2020 at 11:48 am

    4/3/20 COVID-19: Update Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments After just four months, the global COVID-19 total topped the 1 million mark yesterday, with more countries on several continents reporting exponential growth, even in some African nations. Meanwhile, the world’s number of deaths from the virus passed 50,000, with more than half of them from Europe’s hot spots. The Johns Hopkins online tracker shows 1,002,159 cases and 51,485 deaths. read more

  • There Are Many COVID-19 Tests in the U.S. – How Are They Being Regulated?
    by Guest Writer on April 3, 2020 at 11:46 am

    4/3/20 COVID-19 tests Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments When it comes to COVID-19 testing in the United States, the situation is about as messy as it gets. read more

  • DOJ: Deliberately Spreading COVID-19 to Be Prosecuted as Domestic Terrorism
    by Staff on April 3, 2020 at 11:45 am

    4/3/20 Terrorism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments As panic and fear spread with the COVID-19 pandemic, stupid, or malicious, acts may soon be considered criminal offenses and subject to terrorism laws. read more

  • Russia Using COVID-19 Disinformation, Conspiracy Theories to “Subvert the West”: Repot
    by Staff on April 3, 2020 at 11:44 am

    The Russia connection Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Russian President Vladimir Putin and his administration are using the coronavirus crisis to spread conspiracy theories in a bid to “subvert the West” and create a new world order, a new report has charges. read more

  • Social Media Can Help Track the Spread of Disease
    by Staff on April 3, 2020 at 11:44 am

    4/3/20 Social media & epidemics Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Disease surveillance means monitoring the spread of disease through populations in order to establish patterns and minimize harm caused by outbreaks. In a recent article, UNC-Chapel Hill researchers explored how to effectively and ethically include social media and broader Internet tracking as part of public health surveillance efforts. They write: “We are on the precipice of an unprecedented opportunity to track, predict and prevent global disease burdens in the population using digital data.” read more

  • Tracking the Spread of Disease on Social Media
    by Staff on April 3, 2020 at 11:42 am

    4/3/20 Social media & epidemics Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments For many years, researchers have turned to the public logs of search engine terms to help them track the spread of disease. They can analyze the keywords and phrases that people use and when they become interested in a disease or have symptoms. Much value has been recognized in this kind of disease tracking and it has been used to research influenza outbreaks, the spread of MERS and the Zika virus, and other health problems. read more

  • Climate-Related Disasters Increase Risks of Conflict in Vulnerable Countries
    by Staff on April 3, 2020 at 11:34 am

    4/3/20 Climate & conflict Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The risk for violent clashes increases after weather extremes such as droughts or floods hit people in vulnerable countries, an international team of scientists finds. Vulnerable countries are characterized by a large population, political exclusion of particular ethnic groups, and low development. The study combines global statistical analysis, observation data and regional case study assessments to yield new evidence for policymakers. read more

  • Don’t Believe the COVID-19 Models: That’s Not What They’re for.
    by Staff on April 3, 2020 at 11:33 am

    4/3/20 Perspective Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, governments, analysts, and health organizations have released different statistical models addressing the disease – and its numerical manifestations: the number of people likely to be infected; hospitalized; treated in the ICUs; or die. read more

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