COVID-19 Tracker

A collection of stories handpicked by IDG India editors, this series collates articles from multiple media sources on how technology is battling coronavirus on a war footing. Follow this page to keep yourself updated on COVID-19 developments from a tech perspective.

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March 19, 2020

Coronavirus May Mean Automation Is Coming Sooner Than We Thought

(Source: Singularity Hub) Necessity is indeed the mother of innovation. From an entrepreneur making a DIY ventilator to volunteers in Italy 3D printing medical valves for virus treatment at a fraction of the usual cost, there’s plenty of hope and opportunity to be found in this crisis.

March 18, 2020

Here’s how Asia is using tech to tackle COVID-19

(Source: World Economic Forum) From robots disinfecting hospitals to enabling detailed mapping of the outbreak, Asia rolls out many implementations of emerging technologies to contain the novel pandemic. AI and satellite technology are also being leveraged to track potential carriers using cellphones.

U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus

(Source: The Washington Post) The U.S. government is in talks with tech companies including Facebook and Google for using anonymized location information collected from phones to combat coronavirus. Public-health experts point at how this data can help map the spread of the infection, however, privacy concerns remain. 

Hackers Created Thousands of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Sites As Bait

(Source: Hackernews) There is a steep rise in the number of malicious coronavirus related domains registered since January. Threat actors are exploiting COVID-19 through cyberattacks against hospitals and testing centers. Beware of phishing campaigns, malware and ransomware attacks, say, experts. 

The coronavirus is forcing tech giants to make a risky bet on AI

(Source: The Verge) If battling the COVID-19 outbreak wasn’t bad enough, the concerned citizen is now being inundated with a deluge of fake news and alarmist headlines. The painstaking job of sifting through content to filter legitimate news from hearsay requires human intervention as AI models are not yet mature enough to be fully relied upon. With coronavirus keeping people out of work, Facebook, Google, and Youtube have little choice but to gamble on AI to do the job.

March 16, 2020

COVID-19's Impact On Tech Spending This Year

(Source: Forbes, Forrester) Coronavirus has disrupted organizations’ budgets – quarterly forecasts have gone out the window and companies are having to deal with surmounting losses and this is directly impacting IT spending. A Forrester report indicates that CIOs will now have to go back to the drawing board and relook at budgets allocated for new projects – investing more in back-office technologies to offset the cost burden.

Major tech platforms say they’re ‘jointly combating fraud and misinformation about COVID-19

(Source: The Verge) Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube come together to fight the misinformation and fraud that is spreading about the novel pandemic. The seven companies released a joint statement announcing the effort. 

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