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September 25, 2020

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What the Rest of the World Can Learn from South Korea's COVID-19 Response

As the world continues to closely monitor the newest coronavirus outbreak, the government of South Korea has been able to keep the disease under control without paralyzing the national health and ...

Repurposing Public Health Systems to Decode COVID-19

New research describes how national surveillance systems can be linked with the UK Biobank. This pooled data could then be used to understand how genetics and other epidemiological factors impact ...

Do COVID-19 Apps Protect Your Privacy?

Many mobile apps that track the spread of COVID-19 ask for personal data but don't indicate the information will be ...

Giving People a 'Digital Identity' Could Leave Them Vulnerable to Discrimination, Experts Warn

Global efforts to give millions of people missing key paper documents such as a birth certificates a digital identity could leave them vulnerable to persecution or discrimination, a new study ...

Somebody's Watching You: The Surveillance of Self-Driving Cars

As self-driving cars develop further, they will play a much larger role in the digital economy as car companies and others harness personalized customer information through geospatial and navigation ...

Predictive Modeling Could Help Fight Neighborhood Crime

New technology could help police officers predict where burglaries are likely to ...

New Legislation Needed to Regulate Police Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition technology, being trialled by two major police forces in Britain, should be subjected to more rigorous testing and transparency, according to new ...

Brexit Will Affect the UK's Ability to Tackle Illicit Drugs Trade, Warn Experts

Exclusion from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) because of Brexit will have serious consequences for public health in the UK, warn ...

Holding Law Enforcement Accountable for Electronic Surveillance

A new cryptographic system is aimed at improving government accountability for surveillance while still maintaining enough confidentiality for police to do their jobs. AUDIT involves a public ledger ...

Using Social and Risk Networks Helps Identify People Undiagnosed With HIV

Conducting HIV testing among the social and risk networks of those recently diagnosed with HIV helps identify undiagnosed cases of HIV at significantly higher rates and at a lower cost than other ...

Incorporating Social Media Reviews Can Improve Surveillance of Restaurant Health Problems

A recent paper illustrates the success of an improved system that tracks foodborne illness via online Yelp restaurant reviews developed by the Columbia University Department of Computer Science. ...

Nuclear Energy Programs Do Not Increase Likelihood of Proliferation, Study Finds

Contrary to popular thought, nuclear proliferation is not more likely to occur among countries with nuclear energy programs, according to research. In a historical analysis of the relationship ...

For $1000, Anyone Can Purchase Online Ads to Track Your Location and App Use

New research finds that for a budget of roughly $1000, it is possible for someone to track your location and app use by purchasing and targeting mobile ads. The team hopes to raise industry awareness ...