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Uber has been quietly helping governments with contact tracing for months

For months Uber has been providing health officials with data to help them with their contact tracing efforts, Reuters reports. The ride-sharing company has designed a portal specifically for health officials to request user data. The new service received 560 requests from 29 countries in the first half of 2020. […]
Uber has been quietly helping governments with contact tracing for months
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California and Florida are rolling back the opening of their economies as they struggle with COVID-19. But public-health experts say the 2 states are not the same.

California is rolling back the reopening of its economy, closing bars statewide following an increase in COVID-19 cases. The state’s rate of positive coronavirus tests has hit a two-week average of 7.4%. The move comes weeks after Florida introduced restrictions for its bars. But the states are not doing equally […]
California and Florida are rolling back the opening of their economies as they struggle with COVID-19. But public-health experts say the 2 states are not the same.
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Trump pulled support for testing sites in 5 states as he’s trying to push coronavirus test numbers downward. Health officials say the move could have ‘catastrophic cascading consequences.’

State officials around the US are scrambling to deal with a surge in coronavirus cases, while the federal government is poised to end support and funding for 13 testing sites. The screening locations are in Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. This decision could “have catastrophic cascading consequences” when […]
Trump pulled support for testing sites in 5 states as he’s trying to push coronavirus test numbers downward. Health officials say the move could have ‘catastrophic cascading consequences.’
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Apple and Google’s ambitious COVID-19 contact-tracing tech can help contain the pandemic if used widely. But so far only 3 states have agreed — and none has started to use it.

In May, Apple and Google released their ambitious COVID-19 contact-tracing technology, which lets government health agencies build smartphone apps to track the spread of the virus. But public-health agencies in the US have been reluctant to adopt the technology. Business Insider contacted officials in all 50 states and Washington, DC; […]
Apple and Google’s ambitious COVID-19 contact-tracing tech can help contain the pandemic if used widely. But so far only 3 states have agreed — and none has started to use it.
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Singapore will give residents wearable ‘tokens’ that track the people they interact with in a new effort to contain COVID-19

The Singapore government will start giving out wearable devices that use Bluetooth to track people’s interactions and slow the spread of COVID-19. The devices build on Singapore’s contact tracing smartphone app, TraceTogether, which also relied on Bluetooth data but encountered technical problems running on iPhones. The wearable devices are called […]
Singapore will give residents wearable ‘tokens’ that track the people they interact with in a new effort to contain COVID-19
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How location data can help track and stop the spread of COVID-19

Contact tracing has become a major tactic around the world in tracking and containing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. While effective in other countries, the United States has yet to deploy contact tracing at scale. Location data tracking and sharing might be one way to utilise technology to help […]
How location data can help track and stop the spread of COVID-19
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There’s a demonstrated way to avoid lockdowns and still stop the coronavirus’ spread. South Korea has been doing it for months.

South Korea has been lauded for its success in controlling its original coronavirus outbreak. Like Sweden, the country never fully locked down. But South Korea’s epidemic curve quickly dropped. South Korea has tested widely and leveraged smartphone apps to share information with the public about where people with confirmed COVID-19 […]
There’s a demonstrated way to avoid lockdowns and still stop the coronavirus’ spread. South Korea has been doing it for months.
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Take a first look at Apple and Google’s ambitious new COVID-19 contact tracing technology that will send you a notification if you were near someone who has the coronavirus

Apple and Google are preparing to roll out their ambitious COVID-19 contact tracing technology that uses Bluetooth in people’s smartphones to detect when they come in contact with someone who’s already tested positive for coronavirus. The technology is meant to be incorporated with apps made by government health agencies, which […]
Take a first look at Apple and Google’s ambitious new COVID-19 contact tracing technology that will send you a notification if you were near someone who has the coronavirus
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Nonprofits, truck drivers, food banks, and others are turning to a little-known Google Maps feature to navigate life amid the coronavirus pandemic

Google has a feature called My Maps that allows people to create custom maps. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, people have found creative ways to use maps. They’re using maps to represent information visually, like locations of hand washing stations. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Google’s popular Google Maps […]
Nonprofits, truck drivers, food banks, and others are turning to a little-known Google Maps feature to navigate life amid the coronavirus pandemic
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The UK won’t use Apple and Google’s coronavirus contact-tracing technology for its app, sparking privacy worries about how people’s data will be used

The UK has explicitly rejected Google and Apple’s contact-tracing API to develop its own app for tracking the spread of the coronavirus. Google and Apple announced a new joint API earlier this month which they would make available to governments to build contact tracing apps allowing their citizens to receive […]
The UK won’t use Apple and Google’s coronavirus contact-tracing technology for its app, sparking privacy worries about how people’s data will be used
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Governments have to decide whether to scrap their own COVID-19 contact tracing apps in favour of tech built by Apple and Google. Here’s what’s at stake.

Apple and Google are building contact tracing technology that uses Bluetooth in people’s smartphones to track the spread of COVID-19 – and it’s being embraced by a growing list of countries worldwide. A handful of European countries have announced they will use tech from Apple and Google, but others like […]
Governments have to decide whether to scrap their own COVID-19 contact tracing apps in favour of tech built by Apple and Google. Here’s what’s at stake.
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An artist visualized what your smartphone can ‘see’ using Bluetooth — and it shows one of the biggest challenges faced by coronavirus tracking technology

A new website created by artist and security researcher Claudio Guarnieri shows in real-time what one smartphone can ‘see’ using Bluetooth. Tech companies including Apple and Google are working on contact tracing technology that would use Bluetooth – rather than GPS location data – to warn people when they have […]
An artist visualized what your smartphone can ‘see’ using Bluetooth — and it shows one of the biggest challenges faced by coronavirus tracking technology
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A new phone-tracing technology could tell if you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus — without sacrificing privacy. 130 researchers are offering it to countries for free.

The novel coronavirus excels at spreading because it’s contagious when there are few or no symptoms. That’s why governments are resorting to lockdowns, travel bans, and other economy-crippling restrictions. A team of 130 volunteer researchers just rolled out a technology framework that aims to help people return to work using […]
A new phone-tracing technology could tell if you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus — without sacrificing privacy. 130 researchers are offering it to countries for free.