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Improving People’s Lives with Digital Technology during COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic saw 3.5 billion people without access to digital technology and services and more than one billion children unable to continue their education. Credit: Mercedes Sayagues/IPS

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 14 2020 (IPS) – Digital technology has been crucial in ensuring community and connection during the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. And its shown that collaboration between the private and public sector can ensure that digital technology continues to advance in a way that improves people’s lives under crises, experts said on Tuesday, Oct. 13. 

The COVID-19 pandemic saw 3.5 billion people without access to digital services and more than one billion children unable to continue their education, Dr. Julia Glidden, corporate vice president at Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector, said at the webinar.

“As digital services became lifelines, empowering

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Governments are using the pandemic to crack down on digital rights, report finds

In their fight against the coronavirus, some governments are introducing digital surveillance and data collection tools that could pose a lasting threat to citizens’ rights, according to a new report by research institute Freedom House.



People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) scan a QR code (C) with their smartphones to check their "Health Kit" to enter an area on a street in Beijing on October 13, 2020. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)


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People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) scan a QR code (C) with their smartphones to check their “Health Kit” to enter an area on a street in Beijing on October 13, 2020. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Freedom on the Net 2020 report, an assessment of 65 countries released Wednesday, found that the pandemic has accelerated a decline in free speech and privacy on the internet for the tenth consecutive year, and accused some governments of using the virus as a pretext to crack down on critical speech.

“The pandemic is accelerating society’s reliance

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China hands out $1.5m of digital currency in cashless society trial

  • Authorities in Shenzhen, southern China, have handed out $1.5 million of a new digital currency as part of a trial of a cashless society.
  • Last Friday authorities gave 50,000 lottery winners the equivalent of $30 each to spend digitally by October 16, the state-run China Daily reported Monday.
  • The digital currency is not like a cryptocurrency, and is issued and controlled by China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China.
  • The PBoC said it plans to formally launch the digital payment system in late 2020, according to the BBC.
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A Chinese city has handed out 10 million yuan, or $1.5 million, in digital currency to trial what citizens would do in a cashless society.

On Friday, 50,000 people living in the Luhou district of Shenzhen were given digital “red envelopes,” each containing around 200 yuan ($30) worth of the digital currency, the state-run

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Accessible Web Launches Suite of Digital Accessibility Tools to Help Organizations Discover, Understand & Resolve Web Accessibility Issues

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – October 13, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

​​​In Covid times, we’ve all experienced an abrupt shift to relying on web-based tools and services in our day-to-day lives. Now, more than ever, websites and web applications need to be available for everyone, regardless of ability. The importance of accessing critical services like health care, banking, and education via the web has increased significantly; the need for digital accessibility has never been more apparent.

Accessible Web, an organization of web accessibility experts located in Burlington, VT, recognizes the challenges that organizations are having with navigating the complexities of online ADA compliance and the  Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and is excited to announce the release of their flagship product. Accessible Web Console is a suite of tools designed to

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Why the “homework gap” is key to America’s digital divide

When the pandemic hit, parents scrambled to get enough devices to get their kids for online schooling. But even when they did, not everything went smoothly. Getting multiple people online for hours at a time in a home was one big obstacle; making sure entire communities were able to sign on was another.

Jessica Rosenworcel, the senior Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission, wasn’t surprised. For years, Rosenworcel has talked about the “homework gap,” the term she coined to describe a problem facing communities where kids can’t access the internet because infrastructure is inadequate, their families can’t afford it, or both. 

People are now paying attention—not least because rumors are swirling that if Joe Biden is elected president, she could be appointed chairperson of the FCC. (Rosenworcel would not confirm these rumors, citing the Hatch Act.)

The FCC’s current broadband standard is a download speed of at least 25 megabits

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Radix Technology Fuels Growth for Pro-Frotas’ 100% Digital Fuel Supply Management Solution

HOUSTON, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pro-Frotas, a 100% digital fuel supply management start-up created in partnership with Ipiranga, is growing its operations with technology developed by Radix Engineering and Software. Ipiranga, a subsidiary of Ultra, is the largest private player in the Brazilian fuel distribution market, with nationwide coverage and a network of approximately 7,200 service stations.

Pro-Frotas was conceived with the purpose of reinventing the fleet refueling business, with technology that would supply 100% digital, free supply management and payment. Pro-Frotas contracted Radix, IIOT digital transformation experts, to create an application and web portal for management and control of fueling.

“The Pro-Frotas project was challenging from the start, in terms of both team and deadline. In order to develop a completely innovative product in the transportation market, we had to condense timelines. We created deliverables on short notice that provided a simple and reliable

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Alteia Accelerates the Deployment of its Enterprise AI Solutions and Announces Global Alliances with GE Digital and Microsoft

  • Alteia, a spin-off company from drone manufacturer Delair, has entered into a worldwide alliance with GE Digital to develop and market AI solutions for Power and Utilities as part of the GE Digital analytics software portfolio.

Alteia, the leader in Visual Intelligence for Enterprise, lands two major partnerships with GE Digital and Microsoft. The Alteia platform combines the best of computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. It provides developers, data scientists, and business analysts one common and secure database for all of their visual data, enabling them to collaborate and rapidly develop, deploy and improve over time AI based applications. These alliances will allow customers to streamline the adoption of AI designed to address issues like inventory, energy management, predictive maintenance and equipment reliability.

Alteia enables GE Digital to introduce a Visual Intelligence Platform for utilities

With the combined expertise of GE Digital and Alteia’s platform, this alliance is

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How Digital Technology Could Lead The ‘New Business Normal’ In Latin America

Managing Director & Founder of the Biz Latin Hub Group.

The most significant technological advancements that currently shape our society and economy have emerged from challenging times. The internet, for example — without which our daily life as we know it would be possible — emerged in light of the Cold War, after the United States Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and MIT scientists invented a method to prevent communications from being affected in the event of an attack.

According to the UN, a report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean found that the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to result in the loss of 8.5 million jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has produced new realities through which life and business have managed to get ahead. Digital technology has proven to be the great ally of humanity, facilitating the adaptation of economies

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Takeda Accelerates Digital Transformation with Accenture and AWS

Collaboration will leverage cloud and data-driven insights to accelerate drug development, increase operational agility, reduce technology costs and develop the workforce of the future

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502/NYSE: TAK) (“Takeda”), Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) have entered into a five-year strategic agreement to accelerate Takeda’s digital transformation.

Not only will patients benefit from Takeda’s ability to respond with greater speed, agility, and insights across the value chain, but customers, employees, and partners will also benefit. This long-term collaboration will fuel Takeda’s cloud-driven business transformation by modernizing platforms, accelerating data services, establishing an internal engine for innovation, and equipping Takeda’s employees with new skills and ways of working.

“By combining the power of three organizations, Takeda is making a bold move to be at the intersection of human health, technology and business growth,” said Christophe Weber, Takeda president and chief executive officer. “My vision is

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Riversand Partners with Digital Data Consultancy to Offer Cloud-native Data Management Software in the UK

Riversand, a leading cloud-native SaaS Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM) solution provider, announced today its partnership with Digital Data Consultancy Limited (DDC), a provider of digital consulting services in the UK operating across retail and consumer goods, banking and finance, healthcare and manufacturing.

The partnership enables Digital Data Consultancy to offer consulting and system integration services with Riversand’s transformational MDM technology platform. Riversand’s customers will benefit from an integrated consulting and implementation experience.

“Collaborating with Riversand offers forward-thinking companies an infinitely scalable cloud-native, muliti-domain platform for their product and master data needs,” said Saikat Ghosh, principal consultant at Digital Data Consultancy. “By combining Riversand’s ability to leverage data and provide better experiences with DDC’s implementation and operational depth, customers will get measurable value in their MDM and PIM investments.”

As companies transform their digital strategy to deliver a holistic customer experience, their foundation for success with

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