Data from millions of cell phones show how spring break was a catalyst for the pandemic in Quebec

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As Canadian authorities are thinking about using geolocalized data from cell phones to track the spread of the coronavirus, Radio-Canada got access to the data from 7.9 million cell phones across the country. Our analysis shows how Quebecers multiplied their movements at the worst possible moment: during spring break and at a time when health… Read more »

What national COVID-19 modelling can tell us — and what it can’t

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Richard Masse, public health strategic adviser, explained Quebec’s COVID-19 pandemic projections on Tuesday. They estimate the province could see between 1,300 and 8,900 deaths due to the disease by the end of the month. That’s why the COVID-19 modelling the federal government is presenting this morning needs to be read with an understanding of what these… Read more »

Work it out: Jobs that will emerge over the next decade

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Each paradigmatic shift in the workspace has always been accompanied with a restive period in human history. In the early 19th century, as the first Industrial Revolution took root in the UK, and mechanisation came to replace the predominantly agrarian economy, a group of workers took to violent protests smashing machines that deprived them of… Read more »

How WhatsApp is being abused in Brazil’s elections

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Political campaigners in Brazil have used software that scrapes Facebook for citizens’ phone numbers, and then automatically sends them WhatsApp messages and adds them to WhatsApp groups. Almost three weeks ago, 147 million voters in the country went to the polls for legislative elections and the first round of the presidential elections. This Sunday, they… Read more »

The most in-demand job title at companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon

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Jobs at tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook are the most sought-after roles around. But what type of employees are these companies looking to for? Data analysis site Paysa looked at over 8,200 job posting and over 70,000 resumes at tech companies worth $10 billion or more to find what roles they are hiring for the most. Source: CNBC Date: September… Read more »

Why your car servicing costs could be about to rise

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An almighty row has broken out over who should have access to all the data new cars generate.  Manufacturers want to have control of it all, but independent repair shops, fleet operators, insurance companies and anyone else who could benefit from this data, argue that this would be blatantly anti-competitive. Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 1st,… Read more »

Analyzing Social Data to Understand the US Electorate

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Networked Insights analytics engine Kairos processes unstructured data from millions of sites, blogs, and social platforms like Twitter and Tumblr. Billions of public posts are then analyzed and classified across 25,000 topics, emotions, and demographics—turning noisy social data into insights. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 9th, 2016 Link: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/faq-analyzing-social-data-understand-us-electorate/ Discussion 1) “We built 4 metrics: Awareness, Positivity, Negativity… Read more »

How Amazon Organizes Its Warehouses

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How Amazon arranges its warehouses – it’s a total mess! Source: TechCrunch Date: September 13th, 2016 Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUVLZmDKeT-mV4H3ToYXIFYg&v=5TL80_8ACPc Discussion 1) What can other companies learn from the way Amazon does things at their warehouse? 2) Which companies might most benefit from copying Amazon?