APHL Wants to Build Central Server for COVID-19 Data

· Andrew Orr · Link

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The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) wants to build and host a national server to hold data collected from exposure notification apps. It’s partnering with Apple, Google, and Microsoft to do so.

Rather than each state and territorial public health agency bearing the burden of building and hosting its own key servers, a national server can securely host the keys of those affected users, eliminate duplication and enable notifications across state borders. APHL is also championing the effort to build and host a national key server on behalf of the public health community. This will allow users to continually benefit from exposure notifications as they travel across state lines, and help state and territorial agencies deploy their apps quickly.

Just two days ago, Trump removed control of public COVID-19 data from the CDC, and now someone wants to build a national server? What could go wrong?

Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford (#9) - TMO Background Mode Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Dr. Kiki Sanford on Background Mode

Dr. Kiki Sanford makes her ninth appearance on Background Mode. Kiki is a neurophysiologist with a B.S. in conservation biology and a Ph.D. avian neurophysiology from the University of California. She’s a popular science communicator and creator/co-host of This Week in Science (TWIS) podcast and radio show.

In this episode, we spend the first segment clearing up some confusion about COVID-19. Mask theory of use, the value of lockdowns, how the U.S. is doing compared to Europe, how blood type affects the body’s response, presymptomatic vs. asymptomatic, and what we know about how the virus survives on surfaces. In part II, we discussed how computer neural networks trained to learn like developing human brains also need something akin to sleep. Also, how dogs have a genetic desire to save their owner from trouble. And more. As always, Kiki is delightful as she makes science both fun and interesting.

Apple's Response to The COVID-19 Pandemic

· Charlotte Henry · Analysis

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the world, Apple has found itself contributing to attempts to curtail it.

UK Government Releases NHS COVID Contracts With Private Companies

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Faced with pressure, the UK government has released its contracts with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Faculty, Palantir, and others.

The contracts show that companies involved in the NHS datastore project, including Faculty and Palantir, were originally granted intellectual property rights (including the creation of databases), and were allowed to train their models and profit off their unprecedented access to NHS data.

The REAL reason why they wanted to avoid Apple and Google’s privacy solution.

Mythic Quest: Quarantine Coming to Apple TV+ on May 22

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Sound the horn! As noted on Instagram Friday, Mythic Quest: Quarantine will drop on Apple TV+ on May 22. The trailer tells you all you need to know. You’ve got time to binge the Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet series (again, obviously). See you on the other side!

Apple is Doomed. No It Isn't. Services Are Hot Stuff

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

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Big tech companies are destined to suffer from unemployment, recession and fear, right? Yes, but maybe not so much as thought. Resilience is key.

The Wide-ranging Challenges Now Facing Apple

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

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Along with with any other company in this pandemic, Apple is sizing up the multitude of challenges facing it. Customers will adapt.