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  1. Nov 2020
  2. Oct 2020
    1. Data featured in the COVID layer comes from multiple authoritative sources, including Johns Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia.

      Data sources for COVID 19

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  3. Aug 2020
    1. We should read this text because:

      • it is example of a good communication linking content, design and promotion of courses (our semi-promotional blogs should look like this).
      • it is an example of effective use of questions in narrative.
      • there are question/answers inputs for our AI system

      ||Jovan||

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    1. Top Tasks

      A technique to mange huge amounts of data. It was initially developed for the private sector but has been translated to WHO and its covid-19 information website. Might be relevant for RtB

      ||Jovan|| ||MarcoLotti|| ||djordjej|| ||Katarina_An||

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    1. Yali asked, using the local term

      This is inteeresting

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    1. The WHO also said the critical thing is to ensure that some vaccine gets to all countries as early as possible.

      Who are countries with vacin programmes?

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    1. masks are part of the equation

      It's worth considering that in low income families, disposable masks will be re-used repeatedly rather than thrown away after a few hours, as advised. This may reduce the safety benefits of masks

    2. Virtual education is often a pale shadow of the real thing

      For children, online education misses some of the key benefits of being at school, in particular social aspects.

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    1. This article is particularly relevant for Kath's project on post-COVID diplomacy. It provides realistic analysis of challenges in diplomacy.

      Author argues that COVID-19 changes, including growing relevance of digital diplomacy, are here to stay.

      The most important insight is that shift towards new diplomacy will be driven by financial pressure on ministries of foreign affairs triggered by pandemic financial crisis and possibility to do diplomacy 'differently' (online). In democratic countries, this pressure will come from parliaments and general public that have been always suspicious of diplomacy as elitist profession.

      Another important point is about growing control of politicians over foreign policy and diplomacy.

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    1. covid19-api

      It id not clear if this API is valid. We need to check usability of this API.

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    1. Text provides first-hand experience on China during COVID crisis from the perspective of American professor teaching at the Chinese university. China, unlike the USA, dealt smartly on the crisis and 'delivered' on social contract with citizens by providing health security. Text highlights the following points on China and COVID-19:

      • Functional institutions from local to national level and leadership are essential for dealing with pandemics.
      • Trust in science, nurtured by Chinese education, helped trust in medical profession and government.
      • Digital tracing failed in China due to push back by tech companies concern for data protection. It was surprising news because Chinese tech companies are often portrayed as extension of government. Without tech solutions, China reverted to contact tracing by local communities building on old Confucian tradition which Communist Party built on. Local Communist organisations organised effective lock-down.
      • China's pandemic policy reflected their economic and social policies. Namely, they created space for economic self-help by companies and people. Unlike most of Western governments, they did not provide direct financial assistance. In a way, they were less 'socialist' than Western governments. While economically liberal, China has been very strict by imposing strict and sometimes drastic measures on citizens and society for the control of spread of virus.
      • The successful dealing with pandemics increased trust in government in China, including among those who have had anti-government views. Government 'delivered' on their part of social contract by providing people with security.
      • After pandemics, Chinese youth is more optimistic about the future than young people in other countries and regions.

      The article brings some contradictions which are worth further research. For example, it argues that Chinese could have buffered pandemic due to their personal savings. It is well-know that the less people trust their government the higher their personal savings are. How to reconcile high trust in government and high savings as sign of lack of trust. In the same time, in the USA personal savings are very low due to - among other factors - high trust in government. With trusted government 'rainy days' are not expected. Are we in the 'trust transition' in opposite directions in both China and USA. hardship due to developments. This contradicting requires better explanations.

      Author made some parallels with the USA failed response to COVID-19. Functional institutions and leadership are behind difference between USA and China. China has had strong institutions and effective leadership. USA missed both.

      ||Dragana|| ||Maja|| Maja, the above listed comments were made after reading this article suggested by Aldo. Additional comments are available further down in the text.

      ||JovanNj||||NatasaPerucica||||Katarina_An||||kat_hone|| Is there any economic theory or statistics that co-relate level of trust and level of personal savings. Is there data of savings per country?

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  4. Jul 2020
    1. Apps that notify users about a close contact with an infected person have often proved disappointing. The one in France was downloaded by fewer than 2m people and notified only 14 of them that they had come into close contact with someone infected with covid-19 in the first three weeks.

      It seems that contact tracing apps are not taking off. ||Pavlina|| ||spavlovic||

    2. testing and quarantine; changes in behaviour that reduce transmission (which include social distancing, the wearing of masks and handwashing); and targeted lockdowns of outbreak hotspots—a practice known as a “circuit-breaker” that has been popular in East Asian countries thus far and is now being embraced elsewhere.

      Three tactics for counter COVID-19 activities

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  5. Jun 2020
    1. At least 27 countries are using data from cellphone companies to track the movements of their citizens, and at least 30 have developed smartphone apps for the public to download.

      This is the link about the number of countries using data from cellphone companies. ||Jovan|| ||spavlovic||

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    1. Democracies contain epidemics most effectively

      An interesting data analysis of co-relations between democracy and dealing with epidemics.

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    1. he Harvard Kennedy School’s Misinformation Review.

      Misinformation Review

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    2. In March a poll by Gallup of 28 countries in four continents found that in all of them, at least 16%—and as many as 58%—of people thought covid-19 was being deliberately spread (see chart 1)

      Statistics about believe that COVID-19 is triggered by conspiracy actions.

    3. The “infodemic” around covid-19, declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in February, is not the world’s first outbreak of misinformation.

      WHO introduced term infodemic as outbreak of misinformation.

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    1. Now is the time for a 'great reset' 

      Time for a 'great reset'

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    1. The Great Reset: A Unique Twin Summit to Begin 2021

      This is framing of WEF post-covid dynamics.

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    1. Contact tracing apps: A new world for data privacy Publication |  May 2020

      ||spavlovic|| This a good overview of the legal situations in many countries - France, Germany, United States

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  6. May 2020
    1. With the amendment, power was transferred and centralized to the Minister who was given the authority to decide in all the matters that had previously belonged to the regional Commissions, and he was also given new powers. The Health Minister is now authorized to access a person’s home with police assistance without prior court order. He is also entitled to use police assistance to isolate, examine or treat a person who is infected or believed to be infected with one of the communicable diseases listed in the appendix to the Act.

      Additional aspect - home sanctity as a right limited in health crisis ||spavlovic||

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    1. Privacy and public health: the dos and don’ts for COVID-19 contact tracing apps

      This is a good roundup of the measures to ensure the limitation for HR (legality, proportionality, necessity

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    1. All citizens and residents are obligated to install the Ehteraz app on smartphones

      bye bye human rights... and here is a test for notifications ||Pavlina||

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    1. over 50% of all contact tracing apps do not state how long they will store users' data for.

      Do we have this data in our covid-19 research?

    2. Icelandic government appears to have set out clear rules about how the data will be used.

      ||Jovan|| first, the tagging is working nicely. Second, is it just my impression that majority of mentions of Iceland is positive, regardless of the topic (this case - tracking app). Third, maybe we could add additional tag/field for sentiment?

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