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XBB and BQ.1: Are the two omicron ‘cousins’ a cause for concern?
World

XBB and BQ.1: Are the two omicron ‘cousins’ a cause for concern?

Preliminary evidence suggests XBB is very effective at evading the antibodies generated by COVID vaccines or infection with earlier omicron offshoots. It means that a previous infection with BA.2 or BA.5 might not protect you from XBB

Twitter warns that governments around the globe are demanding user data
World

Twitter warns that governments around the globe are demanding user data

Twitter revealed that Japan, which is also a frequent requestor for account information, makes the most requests of Twitter to take down content from accounts

Official data shows that over 16,000 families have been waiting to adopt a child for the last 3 years
India

Official data shows that over 16,000 families have been waiting to adopt a child for the last 3 years

Around 28 thousand prospective parents' home study reports have been approved and are in queue for adopting a child

Delhi government starts uploading data on public land online to avoid fraud
India

Delhi government starts uploading data on public land online to avoid fraud

The data on acquired properties will also be uploaded on the portal so that the sub-registrars will not have to wait for the NOC and they could check status of the land on their computers

The Economic Survey 2022's biggest message: Data is King
Business

The Economic Survey 2022's biggest message: Data is King

Data-driven feedback loops are likely to be the biggest change in public policy making in the years to come

Audit Diwas: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue at CAG office
India

Audit Diwas: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue at CAG office

He said while institutions lose relevance after a few decades, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India is a heritage and every generation should cherish it

With telemedicine, access to proper healthcare will no longer be a problem for the average Indian citizen
India

With telemedicine, access to proper healthcare will no longer be a problem for the average Indian citizen

54 percent of patients think telemedicine is not reliabile, 30 percent aren't comfortable with technology and data privacy is an area of concern along with regulatory approval for LEO-based internet access.

Your phone's not listening to your conversations, you are likely giving it the information it needs
News & Analysis

Your phone's not listening to your conversations, you are likely giving it the information it needs

A tech worker recently explained in a viral Twitter thread why your phone isn't listening to you, even though it sometimes feels like it is.

Data should drive a good contest between bat and ball, feels former India batsman Rahul Dravid
First Cricket News

Data should drive a good contest between bat and ball, feels former India batsman Rahul Dravid

Cricket has always been statistically-driven like baseball, but over the past 15 years we have moved beyond comparing averages and now use data to help in strategy and player selection, Dravid said during a panel discussion at the 15th MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

WHO's advice to countries: Persuade people to take Covid-19 shot instead of making it mandatory
science

WHO's advice to countries: Persuade people to take Covid-19 shot instead of making it mandatory

In certain circumstances...the only responsible thing would be to be vaccinated, says emergencies director Mike Ryan.

Fantasy sports team selection requires higher skill than mutual fund management, shows research
Sports

Fantasy sports team selection requires higher skill than mutual fund management, shows research

The study applies tests to data obtained from fantasy sports platforms for cricket and basketball (2013 to 2016) and various mutual funds (2005 to 2018). The study includes over 16 million data points collected over four years.

Regulatory cobwebs threaten to scupper India's data economy: A closer look at threats, opportunities
Tech

Regulatory cobwebs threaten to scupper India's data economy: A closer look at threats, opportunities

In its attempt to extract the maximum value from the data economy, the government must resist the temptation to be overzealous in regulation.

Twitter is now notifying users that it will be sharing more data with advertisers
News & Analysis

Twitter is now notifying users that it will be sharing more data with advertisers

For all users, except the ones in Europe, the data is shared by default and there is no option to turn it off.

Zoom app on iOS stops sharing analytics data with Facebook, says it never shared 'sensitive information'
News & Analysis

Zoom app on iOS stops sharing analytics data with Facebook, says it never shared 'sensitive information'

Zoom does mention in its privacy policy that it shares data with third-party apps but it does not name Facebook.

'Everything is data': Digital Jalebi's Nikhil Joshi talks immersive storytelling and data-driven experiences
Life

'Everything is data': Digital Jalebi's Nikhil Joshi talks immersive storytelling and data-driven experiences

Trans-disciplinary studio Digital Jalebi co-founder Nikhil Joshi is deeply interested in two experiential design trends gaining rapid traction on the Indian landscape: shifting to mediums beyond mobiles — essentially storytelling through immersive media, and data-driven experiences.

Data Societies: Can the State be trusted with information in times of ubiquitous surveillance systems?
Life

Data Societies: Can the State be trusted with information in times of ubiquitous surveillance systems?

Amid the rise in global surveillance systems, the common man needs to be involved in conversations on data through politics.

Where does my data body live? Thoughts on the online trail we leave behind
long-reads

Where does my data body live? Thoughts on the online trail we leave behind

For each of our physical bodies, intimacies and experiences, we have several data bodies, too. Ranging from the websites we visit to the CCTV footage we meander into, these digital bodies are not simply extractive data points, but extensions of our very selves. They paint complex portraits of who we are — or at least, who companies believe us to be.

Data Societies: How digital desires, online performance cultures, and privacy concerns impact the social self
Life

Data Societies: How digital desires, online performance cultures, and privacy concerns impact the social self

Data privacy concerns are caught in the interplay of strong capitalist forces, human desire and the ever-evolving predatory technologies.

Personal Data Protection Bill 2019: Impact on private companies is hard to tell yet, given the exemptions for State intervention
News & Analysis

Personal Data Protection Bill 2019: Impact on private companies is hard to tell yet, given the exemptions for State intervention

The private sector is closely watching the new Personal Data Protection Bill as data has become the most crucial asset of a company.

Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 is out; law raises questions on govt provisions which hint at unfettered access to data
India

Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 is out; law raises questions on govt provisions which hint at unfettered access to data

The bill is listed for introduction in the Parliament’s Winter Session, which is set to conclude on 13 December.