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The UK exam debacle reminds us that algorithms can’t fix broken systems

The UK exam debacle reminds us that algorithms can’t fix broken systems

When the UK first set out to find an alternative to school leaving qualifications, the premise seemed perfectly reasonable. Covid-19 had derailed any opportunity for students to take the exams in person, but the government still wanted a way to assess them …Continue reading

How to manage a pandemic

My first taste of coronavirus panic came early one morning in January. An email with the heading “Important information: please read” arrived from our son’s elementary school, just minutes before we put him on the bus. The parents of one of his …Continue reading

Google and Apple ban location tracking in their contact tracing apps

The news: Apple and Google have announced that their coronavirus tracing technology will ban the use of location tracking. The announcement could create potential complications for some apps that planned to use the two companies’ system for notifying people of potential exposure to covid-19.

Covid-19 is now officially a pandemic

The World Health Organization in Geneva said today that the spreading coronavirus contagion is now officially a pandemic. What it means: The designation means that the novel coronavirus is spreading in many countries at the same time. It is also an acknowledgment that efforts …Continue reading

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