‘They’re not really doing anything’: As Covid-19 cases spiral, leaders around the U.S. lose urgency on prevention (STAT News)

STAT News: ‘They’re not really doing anything’: As Covid-19 cases spiral, leaders around the U.S. lose urgency on prevention. “More than a dozen states have seen record-high Covid-19 infections in the past five days, as the country experiences case counts never seen before anywhere in the world and, once again, surging hospitalizations and deaths. But public health experts around the country told STAT they were deeply worried that there has not been a correspondingly urgent response from federal, state, and local leaders. As a result, they warned, the country is set on an even more dire course as it moves deeper into the fall and holiday season.”

Washington Post: Trump’s pandemic agenda shoved government scientists aside. They’re attempting an 11th-hour comeback.

Washington Post: Trump’s pandemic agenda shoved government scientists aside. They’re attempting an 11th-hour comeback.. “After months of being sidelined or outright attacked by President Trump, a growing number of government scientists and physicians are pushing back against the president’s political agenda when it comes to the pandemic.”

Financial Post: Sandvine’s Technology Used for Web Censoring in More Than a Dozen Nations

Financial Post: Sandvine’s Technology Used for Web Censoring in More Than a Dozen Nations. “In Jordan, Sandvine Inc.’s equipment was used to censor an LGBTQ website. Egypt’s government relied on Sandvine equipment to block access to independent news sites. In Azerbaijan, it was deployed for a social media blackout, current and former employees say.Last month, U.S. -based Sandvine, which is owned by the private equity firm Francisco Partners, said it would stop selling its equipment in Belarus after Bloomberg News reported that it was used to censor the internet during a crucial election.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Archives’ legal bill for Palace Papers case could top $2 million

Sydney Morning Herald: Archives’ legal bill for Palace Papers case could top $2 million. “The National Archives spent $1 million fighting to stop Australians seeing the Palace Papers and faces spending that amount again on the legal costs of the historian who battled to get the documents released. Meanwhile, thousands of secret foreign policy files gather dust in public service store rooms waiting for declassification as the archives complains of funding shortfalls.” I only vaguely knew of the Palace Papers. ABC News Australia filled me in.

Washington Post: In the U.S., states — not science — decide what counts as a coronavirus outbreak

Washington Post: In the U.S., states — not science — decide what counts as a coronavirus outbreak. “The nation’s patchwork pandemic response has led to wide disparities in data reporting and even in definitions for basic medical concepts. In the absence of federal standards, states have adopted divergent and sometimes scientifically questionable approaches to disease control, which experts say have allowed the virus to spread.”

BuzzFeed News: It Took Facebook More Than A Year — And A Whistleblower — To Remove A Troll Farm Connected To Azerbaijan’s Ruling Party

BuzzFeed News: It Took Facebook More Than A Year — And A Whistleblower — To Remove A Troll Farm Connected To Azerbaijan’s Ruling Party. “Weeks after firing an internal whistleblower who called for Facebook to crack down on a massive network of fake activity connected to Azerbaijan’s ruling party, Facebook has removed more than 1,000 accounts and close to 8,000 pages.”

Government in a pandemic: How coronavirus caused a dramatic shift in our relationship with the state (Phys .org)

Phys .org: Government in a pandemic: How coronavirus caused a dramatic shift in our relationship with the state. “As we head into the colder months, the increased threat of a second spike in the pandemic has forced the UK government to reintroduce new restrictive measures, including targeted local lockdowns, new rules (‘of six’) and early pub closures. At the same time, compliance is fraying. One of the deeper issues with the government restrictions, which has less often been discussed, is a moral one. It concerns the level of control we grant to the government over our individual healthcare decisions.”

University of Minnesota: New tool ranks COVID-19 responses of 19 hard-hit nations

University of Minnesota: New tool ranks COVID-19 responses of 19 hard-hit nations. “The 10-item COVID-SCORE tool, created and validated by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, the City University of New York (CUNY), and other international organizations, was used in mid-June to survey the attitudes of 13,426 randomly selected participants in 19 countries heavily affected by the pandemic on key issues such as governmental messaging, access to health services, and social welfare.”

Open Data in U.S. States: An Untapped Resource (BSA TechPost)

BSA TechPost: Open Data in U.S. States: An Untapped Resource. “As the past few months have demonstrated, ensuring that the public has access to trustworthy and dependable open government data can be a matter of life and death. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and policymakers have used open data to learn more about the virus and plan effective responses to it, examining everything from mobile phone mobility data to information about health system capacities. Our communities at large- from small business owners to K-12 schools, universities to sports programs- are relying on this information to make critical decisions about bringing people back into the office or sending kids back into the classroom this fall.”

The Texas Record: COVID-19 Health Screening Records

The Texas Record: COVID-19 Health Screening Records. “Since the start of the 2020 pandemic, many organizations have started collecting information on the people visiting their facilities: temperature checks, symptom reporting, test results, etc. If your local government or state agency has been screening people for COVID-19 symptoms, you’re probably wondering what to do with all those records. There is no one perfect record series for COVID-19 screening records, as the administrative and legal value will vary depending on who is conducting the screening, whether information is being collected on citizens or employees, and what specific questions are being asked.”

Colorado Hometown Weekly: Questions arise about Boulder coronavirus data

Colorado Hometown Weekly: Questions arise about Boulder coronavirus data. “New cases among county residents are reported by Boulder County Public Health about 4 p.m. every day. University of Colorado Boulder tracks the number of people who test positive at the campus Medical Services, county and non-county residents alike. New cases are posted in the morning, Tuesday through Saturday. But how the public health data from these two institutions line up — or don’t line up — is where things get murky, exposing inconsistencies and hiccups with how public agencies are reporting data during the pandemic.”

Coronavirus: Irish health minister tests negative for Covid-19 (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Irish health minister tests negative for Covid-19. “Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has tested negative for Covid-19 after reporting feeling unwell. Members of the Irish cabinet were told to restrict their movements after the country’s health minister made the report on Tuesday afternoon. Initially it was announced that the cabinet would have to self-isolate and the Dáil (Irish parliament) would be adjourned indefinitely. However, the Dáil resumed business on Tuesday evening.”

Law & Crime: House Judiciary Committee Will Vote on Bill to Make All Federal Court Records Free for Public to Access

Law & Crime: House Judiciary Committee Will Vote on Bill to Make All Federal Court Records Free for Public to Access. “A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives is set to discuss whether publicly-funded information should be made available to the public for free. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up a bill aimed at revamping the decades-old Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system which charges user fees for access to the 500 million-plus documents currently under its administration.”

“I Have Blood on My Hands”: A Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “I Have Blood on My Hands”: A Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation. “Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections and political affairs around the world, according to an explosive memo sent by a recently fired Facebook employee and obtained by BuzzFeed News. The 6,600-word memo, written by former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang, is filled with concrete examples of heads of government and political parties in Azerbaijan and Honduras using fake accounts or misrepresenting themselves to sway public opinion. In countries including India, Ukraine, Spain, Brazil, Bolivia, and Ecuador, she found evidence of coordinated campaigns of varying sizes to boost or hinder political candidates or outcomes, though she did not always conclude who was behind them.”

Arizona State University: General public sees government science advisers through political lens, ASU researcher finds

Arizona State University: General public sees government science advisers through political lens, ASU researcher finds. “What people think of the scientists who advise the federal government partially depends on their own political persuasion and where the scientists work, according to new findings published this week by an Arizona State University researcher. The study highlights the risk of politicizing scientific advice given to government agencies.”