SMITHSONIAN MAG: CITIES ARE EYEING MICROTRANSIT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The transportation sector has experienced severe challenges during the current pandemic; sometimes public transit runs nearly empty and loses fares, and at other times it’s overcrowded and risks transmitting infections. Guided by data, cities are exploring alternative, micro-mobilities in order to protect riders that must move around due to essential work.
The state of Virginia is opening up data portals for residents to track opioid use, seek unemployment assistance, and search for jobs. Currently there isn’t an open data portal for the state, so these community-focused data hubs are extra-valuable resources during the pandemic.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: MANY MEDICAL DECISION TOOLS DISADVANTAGE BLACK PATIENTS
When looking into patient treatment options, many doctors and hospitals rely on “digital calculators” to assess who should get what treatment. However, these calculations, as with many algorithms, are racially biased and provide unequal recommendations for treatment depending on the race of the patient. Unless these instruments are fixed, racial bias and unequal treatment will continue unchecked in healthcare.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY: CONSIDERATIONS FOR DIGITAL CONTACT TRACING TOOLS FOR COVID-19 MITIGATION
A new paper from Harvard University’s Belfer Center contains digital contact tracing recommendations for stakeholders and policymakers, including a checklist for various levels of government and private companies. Given that issues around data privacy and location tracking are plaguing many contact tracing apps, this is an especially important paper for anyone considering digital COVID-19 solutions.