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Wearing masks saves lives according to this data-driven model

Dr. Biplav Srivastava, professor of computer science at the University of South Carolina, and his team have developed a data-driven tool that helps demonstrate the effect of wearing masks on COVID-19 cases and deaths. His model utilizes a variety of data sources.

Fixing South Africa’s taxi industry

South Africa's government has initiated a process to formalize and regulate the country’s large, yet informal minibus taxi industry, to make it viable and free of violence.

Cash transfers can help refugees but they come with risks

Credit, related to cash transfers, is a form of informal community support, and eliminating it is both undesirable and infeasible. However, agencies should take steps to prevent highly vulnerable refugee households from falling into high levels of debt.

How to teach children about cybersecurity

Password education should be age appropriate and these best practice principles should help adults to teach the principles to children in an age-appropriate way.

What you need to know about Nigeria’s new competition law

An unregulated economy leaves the economically disadvantaged at the mercy of the rich and powerful, this has been the case in Nigeria for a long time. With the new competition law, this could change.

Becoming a cyborg is as simple as implanting chips in your hands

This researcher is a cyborg. Cyborgs are people with additional technological hardware connected to their bodies. The researcher is concerned that people may one day be implanted with chips without their consent.

What the TikTok deal means for user data and geopolitics

As TikTok already stores data in the USA or Singapore, the move to Oracle-provided infrastructure is unlikely to have any tangible impact on users. The (claimed) national security concerns will likely remain – if ByteDance retains a significant share in TikTok Global.