When travel is restricted, schools closed, businesses shut down, and communities put into quarantine, people lose income, employment, and access to healthcare and food.
While enforcing these lockdowns, are Government policies around the world taking into account the poorest and the most vulnerable?
$In the first three weeks of the lockdown domestic abuse killings in the UK more than doubled , Childline India helpline received more than 92,000 SOS calls asking for protection from abuse and violence in 11 day which is an increase by 50%, Lebanon and Malaysia, for example, have seen the number of calls to helplines double, compared with the same month last year; in China, they have tripled, in France increase by a third…
“Some believe that bolstering school security will deter violence, but this reactionary measure only addresses part of the problem. Instead, we must identify threats, mitigate risk, and protect children and staff before an act of violence occurs.” — Jeniffer Peters, Founder of Voice4Impact
(Include contributions from Yang Gao, Tony Tonev, and Arafat Bin Hossain)
Chicago is considered the most gang-infested city in the United States, with a population of over 100,000 active members from nearly 60 factions. Gang warfare and retaliation are common in Chicago. In 2020 Chicago has seen a 43% rise in killings so far compared to 2019.
It was noticed that gangs often use twitter to communicate with fellow gang members as well as threat other gang members. …
Hackathons are perceived as a fast track to innovation. Creative minds come together and solve problems. This all sounds good in theory but let us look at the facts.
Currently, there are dozens of hackathons in response to COVID-19, 1000s of people are giving their time to build solutions. I even mentored one of the largest, where over 1000 engineers participated. The organizers put days, if not weeks, of work into it. So I truly commend their efforts and their goodwill. However, without taking away anything from them I question the effectiveness of hackathons.
Social problems like COVID-19 cannot be solved only by engineers. To build real-world solutions we need to involve policymakers, domain experts, users — something that teams participating in hackathons often don’t have access to. …
There are dozens of hackathons that are being organized these days in response to COVID-19, 1000s of people are giving their time to build solutions. I have mentored one of the largest in Europe, where over 1000 engineers participated. The organizers put days, if not weeks, of work into it. So I truly commend their efforts and goodwill. However, without taking away anything from the organizers and participants, I question the effectiveness of hackathons.
I am worried if killing the economies is worth it if we so laxly approach the support for the most affected populations? — Dawid, Poland
April 7th, 2020:
The economical lockdown around the world has resulted in an increase in violence, a lack of food supply, overloaded healthcare systems, and global panic response that will trigger mental health consequences long after the pandemic is over.
Experts agree that government policies need to balance overcoming both the health and economic crisis. In the short run, economic policies should mitigate the impact of lockdowns and ensure that the current crisis does not trigger financial, debt or currency crises. It should facilitate a quick recovery once the economy is taken out of the deep freeze. …
This crisis shows both the interdependence among countries in the world as well as how countries and communities are impacted on a different scale.
After we started a global Coronavirus Policy AI Challenge on our innovation platform at Omdena with more than 70 AI and domain experts, we asked our global community of nearly 1000 collaborators to share their dreams, fears, expectations, and hopes while going through the current crisis.
We have collected 28 stories from 25 countries. This article is part 1 and covers 14 inspiring and thought-provoking stories raising important questions:
What happens to people in the informal economy? …
A migrant worker in India dies after walking 200 km on the way back to his home .
Rural itinerant workers in China are being blocked from cities, kicked out of apartments and rejected by companies .
“Poverty will kill us before the virus” — Rajneesh, a migrant worker, walking 247Km on foot to his home .
Chaos, confusion and a stampede-like situation prevailed at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border as hundreds of migrant workers fought amongst themselves to get seats on the limited number of buses .
What defines a good conversation? Someone asked.
After thinking for a while, I answered, ‘A good conversation is where I learn something new, but a great conversation is where it feels effortless. And even if we do not talk, it does not feel awkward. Where just the presence of another person makes you feel good’.
She replied, ‘But, at times you have to put effort into a conversation because that’s how the world is’.
‘I keep away from conversations that require effort’, was my response (Okay, before judging the word ‘effort’, I will ask you to read the full article).
I follow the above rule of effortlessness not only in conversations but in every aspect of my life. This brings an interesting observation. …
Last week, as a mentor of Google for Startups, I had the opportunity to work with 10 Game Studios from Central and Eastern Europe. These startups have from 2–10M active users, a Monthly Recurring Revenue from 150k to 200K, and team sizes that range from 10–80 people. Although they vary in terms of revenues and user base, they all had the same challenges:
“Why would you do meditation if you are already happy?”
I can’t say how many times I have heard this. Because there is a notion being spread that meditation will make you happy (and productive) — obviously a path to happiness is easy to sell and it promotes a vested interest of certain people running meditation as a business. Western society has this great nack to take something Eastern (which sounds mystical), simplify it and convert it into a business. Another great example is of tantra which is sold as a way for great sex. …