The Next Web: More than 50% of humans in the world use social media — here’s what you need to know

The Next Web: More than 50% of humans in the world use social media — here’s what you need to know . “More than 4 billion people around the world now use social media each month, and an average of nearly 2 million new users are joining them every day. The world is spending more time on social media too, with the typical user now spending roughly 15% of their waking life using social platforms.”

Georgetown Law: New HIV Policy Lab uses law and policy data in the HIV response

Georgetown Law: New HIV Policy Lab uses law and policy data in the HIV response. “The HIV Policy Lab is a data visualization and comparison tool that tracks national policy across 33 different indicators in 194 countries around the world, giving a measure of the policy environment. The goal is to improve transparency, the ability to understand and use the information easily and the ability to compare countries, supporting governments to learn from their neighbours, civil society to increase accountability and researchers to study the impact of laws and policies on the HIV pandemic.”

Wall Street Journal: Food Crisis Grows Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Wall Street Journal: Food Crisis Grows Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. “The pandemic has doubled the number of people who are acutely food insecure, said Arif Husain, chief economist at the United Nations World Food Programme, from 135 million people in 2019 to 270 million. Food aid will be at a record, he said, hopefully reaching some 138 million people globally with food and cash assistance, topping a previous peak after the Iraq war.”

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.”

ReliefWeb: Dedicated ‘United Nations Disarmament Yearbook’ website, now live, spotlights core peace, security challenges as global organization turns 75

ReliefWeb: Dedicated ‘United Nations Disarmament Yearbook’ website, now live, spotlights core peace, security challenges as global organization turns 75. “The Office for Disarmament Affairs launched a new website today featuring the latest version of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook….This new digital platform allows diplomats, technical experts, journalists and other readers to effortlessly navigate through a comprehensive overview of key developments and trends from the past year with respect to multilateral disarmament, non‑proliferation and arms control. The forty‑fourth edition of the Yearbook and its website include, for the first time, a collection of explanatory graphics and charts as well as a full chapter on gender issues in disarmament.”

Open Culture: Explore a Digital Archive of Student Notebooks from Around the World (1773-Present)

New-to-me, from Open Culture: Explore a Digital Archive of Student Notebooks from Around the World (1773-Present). “To bring back memories of your schooldays, there’s nothing quite like the sight of your old exercise books. This holds true whether you went to school in Ghana in the 2010s, Italy in the 90s, France in the 80s, China in the 70s, Japan in the 60s, or India in the 50s. All of these examples and many more have come available to view at the Exercise Book Archive, an ‘ever-growing, participatory archive of old exercise books that allows everyone to discover the history, education, and daily life of children and youth of the past.'”

Devex: New tool tracks how policies are protecting women during COVID-19

Devex: New tool tracks how policies are protecting women during COVID-19. ” New data reveals that most countries are not taking a comprehensive approach to protecting women from the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 25 countries have responded across the three areas measured — tackling violence against women and girls, supporting unpaid care, and strengthening women’s economic security — according to the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker, which UN Women and the U.N. Development Programme launched Monday.”

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches New Free Database of Judicial Decisions on Intellectual Property from Around the World

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches New Free Database of Judicial Decisions on Intellectual Property from Around the World . “As technological innovation often outpaces the ability of legislatures and governments to create new rules and regulations, courts across the world are increasingly facing common issues of a highly sophisticated nature. WIPO-Lex Judgments contributes to a greater overall understanding of how courts are handling these issues, by making available judgments – selectively curated by the relevant authorities in participating member states – that establish precedent or offer a persuasive interpretation of IP law in their jurisdiction. At launch, WIPO Lex-Judgments contained over 400 documents from 10 countries.”

Coronavirus: Two million deaths ‘very likely’ even with vaccine, WHO warns (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Two million deaths ‘very likely’ even with vaccine, WHO warns. “The global coronavirus death toll could hit two million before an effective vaccine is widely used, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies head, said the figure could be higher without concerted international action. Almost one million people have died with Covid-19 worldwide since the disease first emerged in China late last year.”

MIT News: Why social media has changed the world — and how to fix it

MIT News: Why social media has changed the world — and how to fix it . “In 2005, about 7 percent of American adults used social media. But by 2017, 80 percent of American adults used Facebook alone. About 3.5 billion people on the planet, out of 7.7 billion, are active social media participants. Globally, during a typical day, people post 500 million tweets, share over 10 billion pieces of Facebook content, and watch over a billion hours of YouTube video. As social media platforms have grown, though, the once-prevalent, gauzy utopian vision of online community has disappeared. Along with the benefits of easy connectivity and increased information, social media has also become a vehicle for disinformation and political attacks from beyond sovereign borders.”

MIT Technology Review: AI ethics groups are repeating one of society’s classic mistakes

MIT Technology Review: AI ethics groups are repeating one of society’s classic mistakes. “International organizations and corporations are racing to develop global guidelines for the ethical use of artificial intelligence. Declarations, manifestos, and recommendations are flooding the internet. But these efforts will be futile if they fail to account for the cultural and regional contexts in which AI operates.”

BBC: Global perception of US falls to two-decade low

BBC: Global perception of US falls to two-decade low . “America’s reputation among some allies has fallen to its lowest point in nearly two decades, according to a global survey. The findings of the Pew Research Center poll reflect public perceptions of the US in 13 countries. Positive views of the US has fallen to a median of 34% across the countries surveyed, and only 16% confidence in President Trump.”

Covid-19: New fear grips Europe as cases top 30m worldwide (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: New fear grips Europe as cases top 30m worldwide. “The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 30 million, according to figures by America’s Johns Hopkins University. More than 940,000 have died with Covid-19 since the outbreak began in China late last year. The US, India and Brazil have the most confirmed cases, but there is a renewed spike in infections across Europe.”

ReliefWeb: Google and FAO launch new Big Data tool for all

ReliefWeb: Google and FAO launch new Big Data tool for all. “Earth Map is an innovative and free-to-use Web-based tool to provide efficient, rapid, inexpensive and analytically cogent insights, drawn from satellites as well as [Food and Agriculture Organization]’s considerable wealth of agriculturally relevant data, with a few clicks on a computer. Earth Map has also been designed to empower and provide integrative synergies with the federated FAO’s Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform, a more comprehensive tool to provide Members, their partners and donors with the means to identify and execute highly-targeted rural development initiatives with multiple goals ranging from climate adaptation and mitigation to socio-economic resilience.”

Covid vaccine: 8,000 jumbo jets needed to deliver doses globally, says IATA (BBC)

BBC: Covid vaccine: 8,000 jumbo jets needed to deliver doses globally, says IATA. “Shipping a coronavirus vaccine around the world will be the ‘largest transport challenge ever’ according to the airline industry. The equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747s will be needed, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said.”