Help Researchers With The COVID Symptom Tracker App Massachusetts General Hospital's Dr. Andrew T. Chan is a lead researcher on the app, which takes seconds to complete and is being encouraged to be used daily. The physician-epidemiologist explains that the app will help determine "hot spots" or new symptoms. According to Lifehacker, COVID Symptom Tracker asks you two simple questions: 1. Have you taken a coronavirus test before? 2. Are you currently feeling healthy or experiencing symptoms? You will also provide some demographic information. Giving your name or number is optional. Dr. Andrew T. Chan, via Lifehacker Dr. Andrew T. Chan, via Lifehacker
The rising demands of working from home during the pandemic means more time online for professional meetings and other work-related tasks. With all this virtual activity comes concern over data privacy. We examine such concerns and how to mitigate the risks. Expert opinion is offered by Dr. Reid Blackman, CEO of Virtue, a digital ethical risk consultancy. Script: THE RISING DEMANDS OF WORKING FROM HOME DURING THE PANDEMIC MEANS MORE TIME ONLINE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS AND OTHER WORK-RELATED TASKS. AT THE SAME TIME, GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD ARE LEVERAGING THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO HELP TRACK AND CURTAIL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. WITH ALL THIS VIRTUAL ACTIVITY, COMES THE CONCERN OVER DATA PRIVACY. [SOT: 00:31 - 00:36/REID BLACKMAN/DIGITAL ETHICAL RISK CONSULTANT] SO IT'S NOT ABOUT PEOPLE, NOT PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO SEE YOUR DATA. IT'S ABOUT YOU HAVING CONTROL OVER WHO HAS YOUR DATA, WHO SEES IT, WHAT THEY COULD DO WITH IT, WHO THEY CAN SHARE IT WITH AND SO ON. IN CHINA, FOR EXAMPLE, THE COUNTRY USED MASS SURVEILLANCE TOOLS FROM DRONES AND CLOSED-CIRCUIT CAMERAS TO MONITOR AND TRACK THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS. OTHER COUNTRIES ARE USING THE COMBINATION OF LOCATION DATA AND CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO TRACK COVID-19 IN THEIR COUNTRIES. RESEARCH TEAMS IN EUROPE AND THE US ARE NOW ALSO SUGGESTING WAYS TO USE SUCH DIGITAL INFORMATION. WITH NO SET GLOBAL STANDARDS IN PLACE, EXPERTS WORRY ABOUT THE VIOLATION OF PEOPLE’S PRIVACY. [SOT: 9:27 REID BLACKMAN/DIGITAL ETHICAL RISK CONSULTANT] THE BIG ISSUE IS THAT INDUSTRY EXPERTS FOR LARGE CORPORATIONS WITH A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF POWER WITH VERY SMART PEOPLE WORKING FOR THEM CAN FIGURE OUT COUNTLESS WAYS OF LEVERAGING THAT DATA TO USE TO DRIVE THEIR BOTTOM LINE ALL IN WAYS THAT NEITHER I NOR YOU, NOR MOST PEOPLE THAT WE COULDN’T FORESEE. BACK AT HOME, FEARS ABOUT THE USE OF SMART HOME DEVICES ARE ALSO RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT PRIVACY RISK. RECENT RESEARCH REVEALED THAT AMAZON’S ALEXA HAD ACCIDENTALLY ACTIVATED AND RECORDED CONVERSATIONS FREQUENTLY. [SOT: 14:35 - 14:40/REID BLACKMAN/DIGITAL ETHICAL RISK CONSULTANT] THE COST OF HAVING TO UNPLUG YOUR ALEXA OR WHATEVER YOUR DEVICES IS VERY LOW. THE RISK, IN SOME CASES, IS VERY HIGH. AND SO YOU MAY AS WELL JUST GO AHEAD AND DO IT. AS THE DEBATE OVER DATA PRIVACY DURING A PANDEMIC LINGERS, THE PRIORITY REMAINS PUBLIC HEALTH SAFETY. [SOT: 12:31 - 12:35/REID BLACKMAN/DIGITAL ETHICAL RISK CONSULTAN] COLLECT THE DATA THAT YOU NEED RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. MILLIONS OF LIVES ARE POTENTIALLY AT STAKE. AT THE SAME TIME, WE SHOULD BE THINKING VERY CAREFULLY ABOUT RULES AND RESTRICTIONS ABOUT HOW TO COLLECT THE DATA.
Sprint and T-Mobile Complete $30 Billion Merger The nation's third and fourth-largest wireless carriers have finally united after a long process to become more competitive. With more than 100 million users, the newly-formed company has the base to challenge other mobile giants such as AT&T and Verizon. As part of the deal, T-Mobile's longtime CEO, John Legere, stepped down from his post, and COO Mike Sievert will take over in May 2020. The company will make use of the added infrastructure from Sprint to develop and deploy 5G service to its customers. As part of the deal, those on Sprint's prepaid brand, Boost, will be going to Dish as part of a divestiture T-Mobile agreed to with the Justice Department.
Congressional Democratic leaders want to add hundreds of billions of dollars for health care, state and local governments, and food stamps to the $250 billion in emergency aid President Donald Trump is seeking to help small businesses weather the coronavirus epidemic
The rising demands of working from home during the pandemic means more time online for professional meetings and other work-related tasks. With all this virtual activity comes concern over data privacy. We examine such concerns and how to mitigate the risks. Expert opinion is offered by Dr. Reid Blackman, CEO of Virtue, a digital ethical risk consultancy.
Tips for a Stable and Faster Internet Connection As millions of people self-isolate to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, internet usage has surged, causing strain on connections. As a result, YouTube even announced plans to reduce video quality over the course of a month to better handle the high demand. Here are some tips to make your connection more stable during the coronavirus pandemic: 1. Make sure your router is connected properly and placed in an ideal area. Keep it away from TVs, cordless phones and stereos. 2. Don't use your microwave. According to U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom, using your microwave can interfere with Wi-Fi signals. 3. Disconnect other devices from the Wi-Fi when you're not using them. They can use the internet in the background even when you're not using them, causing your connection to slow down. 4. Connect your computer to your router via Ethernet. Connecting your computer directly to the router provides better internet speeds than Wi-Fi.
With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized in an intensive care unit after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, attention has turned to the Cabinet ministers left running the country
Washing your fruit and vegetable before consumption has always been recommended, but now during the COVID-19 pandemic experts are urging people wash all produce purchased to reduce contamination risk.
Iran has demanded that U.S. oil production levels must be known before an upcoming OPEC meeting with Russia and others seeking to boost global energy prices