Privacy vs. Surveillance in the Age of COVID-19

I think the effects of COVID-19 will be more drastic than the effects of the terrorist attacks of 9/11: not only with respect to surveillance, but across many aspects of our society. And while many things that would never be acceptable during normal time are reasonable things to do right now, we need to makes sure we can ratchet them back once the current pandemic is over
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Three things all governments and their science advisers must do now

Politicians and their science advisers need to get with the times and embrace open research. They should harness the collective expertise — now also accessible through social media — of virologists, epidemiologists, behavioural researchers and others who can help them to better interrogate their models, and therefore improve their decisions. This is imperative now, when they are making decisions on which the future of lives and economies depend.
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Communicating the coronavirus crisis |

Short of citing the entire article, I just quote this essential early part. But do go read the whole piece. It is important now, and in the future, for anyone with any level of power.

The first thing is that you should be communicating a lot, consistently and with trusted sources. You have to be open and transparent. You have to say what you do know and then you have to say what you don’t know. You have to emphasise, and keep emphasising, the uncertainty, the fact that there is much we don’t know. Then you have to say what you are planning to do and why. Finally, you have to say what people themselves can do, how they should act. The crucial thing to say is that this will change as we learn more.

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Science doesn’t speak with one voice… nor should it!

…science doesn’t speak with one voice. Instead government advisers have had to deliver evidence-based messages based on complex, incommensurate and sometimes competing data sets and models. Understanding these complexities is important not just to handling the pandemic. It also matters for how we organise research and its interaction with policy in the future. One challenge is to understand how knowledge is often fluid rather than fixed. As new data arrive and competing models seek to describe and predict a fast-changing reality it’s become increasingly clear that the science of Covid-19 is in motion.
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So incredibly well phrased. Not surprisingly at all, from the pen of Geoff Mulgan, my former-Nesta hero.

Svanen som inte var svart

Taleb har en stil jag inte uppskattar. Men sättet han tänker är det inte fel på, i min värld. Speciellt inte idag. Jag har fortfarande två njurar, och otroligt glad att jag inte är tungt belånad. Välsignad av att bo i litet hus med en trädgård att få.luft och påta runt i under den svåra period vi hanterar tillsammans. Vad som kommer efter – kan strukturerna förbättras? ‘Most definitely.’