Daily Archives: July 29, 2021

How has the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the digital divide?

Rethinking EconomicsStreamed live 13 hours ago
Event Details Over the last year there has been a massive move to the use of digital technologies to navigate the pandemic. This move to digital has made the digital divide worse: as there is a continued lack of access to better technologies within marginalised communities; a lack of data infrastructure; and the high cost of data. This session will investigate the current state of the digital divide and some of the solutions.

Teddy Woodhouse Teddy (he/him) is the research manager for access and affordability at the Web Foundation and focuses his time on the Alliance for Affordable Internet’s research program. He coordinates A4AI’s research projects, conducts original analysis and research to support the organisation’s mission, and uses the team’s insights as evidence for policy change. Teddy Woodhouse

Beatriz Busaniche Beatriz Busaniche is an Argentine free information and human rights activist. She is the founder of the Fundación Vía Libre and has written for the publication La Nación. She is also the co-founder of the Argentine chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation and the head of the Creative Commons Argentina team. Beatriz Busaniche

Benjamin Akinmoyeje Benjamin Akintunde Akinmoyeje is an ICT4D enthusiast. He is a PhD (Informatics) student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek. His research areas are persuasive technology used in mHealth application for stress management among Namibian university students. He is a member of International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) and West Africa Lead, SPIDER ICT 4 Social Innovation Network.

“We Can’t Trust the Unvaccinated”: Dr. Leana Wen on Vaccine Mandates & How to Stop the Delta Variant

Democracy Now!Jul 29, 2021
The highly contagious Delta variant is causing a rise in cases around the world, from the Olympics in Tokyo to Russia, Indonesia and the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines suggesting that people resume wearing masks indoors, but state and local officials are not legally required to implement CDC guidelines. Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and former Baltimore health commissioner, says she supports the new CDC guidelines because an “honor system” of trusting people to wear masks unless they were vaccinated clearly did not work. “We know that we can’t trust the unvaccinated,” she says. She also discusses global vaccine inequity, how to overcome vaccine hesitancy, and her new memoir, “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.”

This Is Not a Climate Bill: Leah Stokes on Why Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Democracy Now!Premiered 10 hours ago
Senate Democrats have announced that they have joined with 17 Republicans to vote in favor of taking up a $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal. The plan includes new spending on climate and environment measures, but critics say it falls far short of what is needed. Democrats say they hope to include additional climate measures in a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that could advance without being blocked by a Republican filibuster if it is backed by all 50 Democrats. Climate and energy policy researcher Leah Stokes says the bipartisan bill does include positive measures but nowhere near enough. “There are some good investments and important things, but they are in many cases cents on the dollar,” she says.

Innovative Technologies and Citizen Science to Combat Plastic Waste in the Mekong and Beyond

WoodrowWilsonCenter– Jul 29, 2021

Millions of tons of plastic flows into the ocean through rivers each year, and astonishingly almost 95% of that plastic discharge is coming from only 10 rivers, 8 of which are in Asia. Among those 8 are the Yangtze, Mekong, and the Ganges rivers—the lifeblood for hundreds of millions of people in China, Southeast Asia, and India. Gaps in scientific knowledge on where and how plastic litter is leaking into these and other rivers hinders action to tackle the problem.

At this Wilson Center webinar, panelists working in the UNEP’s CounterMEASURE project will talk about how their work in the Mekong River Basin deploying citizen science and frontier technologies like GIS, machine learning and drones, can help identify sources and pathways of plastic pollution in river systems in Asia. Their work, done in partnership with universities, NGOs, businesses, and other international organizations, is generating data to make the most comprehensive map of plastic waste to inform policy decisions and actions to reduce plastic waste in rivers.

Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida (UNEP) will kick off this panel with a brief introduction to the UNEP CounterMEASURE Project’s innovative work to track hotspots of plastic waste in the Mekong, Ganges, and most recently, in the Mississippi River. Dr. Panate Manomaivibool (Mae Fah Luang University) will describe his university’s initiative to partner with citizen scientists to audit and map plastic waste in Thailand. Dr. Emilie Strady (IRD) will present the microplastic monitoring network developed in Vietnam for aquatic environments as part of the COMPOSE project and a manga-style animation clip dedicated to youth to raise their awareness on plastic pollution. work in Vietnam educating students and elevating sustainable development knowledge. Mr. Fujio Kojima (Pirika Association, Japan) will introduce his company’s innovative Albatross, an underwater machine analyzing the flow of microplastics in the Mekong River. Besides talking about her April mini-expedition to engage citizens in auditing plastic debris for the CounterMEASURE Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative, Dr. Jenna Jambeck (University of Georgia) will speak about the critical need for data to understand the leakage problem.

True Cost of Food: Measuring What Matters to Transform the U.S. Food System – The Rockefeller Foundation

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Bill McKibben – Rhodes Climate Workshop – Earth Day, 2017

Informal exchange with Rhodes Scholars during the Rhodes House Climate Workshop on 22 April 2017.

See as well a particular question posed by T. C. Weiskel…in the Q&A session after Bill’s talk