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Governance of AI in Global Pulse’s policy work: Zooming in on Human Rights and Ethical Frameworks

The AI governance challenge is vast and complex, straddling the fields of technology, law, philosophy and ethics. Autonomous intelligent systems (also known as artificial intelligence, or AI) have transformative applications in development and humanitarian aid but they also pose unique risks for human rights if used irresponsibly. Above all, these systems entail challenges for transparency and human oversight, since designers and...

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COVID-19 pandemic: countries urged to take stronger action to stop spread of harmful information

Joint release by WHO, UN, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UNAIDS, ITU, UN Global Pulse, and IFRC. The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the UN, specialised agencies and partners today called on countries to develop and implement action plans to promote the timely dissemination of science-based information and prevent the spread of false information while respecting freedom of expression.  WHO, the UN, UNICEF, UNAIDS, the UN...

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Using speech-to-text technology to support response to the COVID-19 pandemic

“…if COVID is a virus and not bacteria as they claim, how will washing of hands help?  If you wash your hands and the virus, as they say, is airborne, how will washing hands help us?…” (Listener over the radio in Central Region in Uganda, April 2020) The COVID-19 outbreak has generated a vast amount of research to support detection, patterns of transmission, treatment, development of vaccines and impacts of the pandemic. At...

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Using Ride-hailing Data for Sustainable Transport Systems

As traffic congestion in modern cities becomes more complex and dynamic, continuous streams of data with high spatio-temporal coverage are important for transport planning to better meet the mobility needs of citizens, while safeguarding against possible harms to the environment. Whilst transportation planners in the past have relied on a range of analytical models to provide essential insights, the drawback has been with the...

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From plague outbreaks to COVID-19: On the value of ship traffic data for epidemic modeling of diseases

Ships are an important means of transportation for both people and goods, which also makes them potential hotspots for diseases, especially those with a longer incubation period. The recent clusters of COVID-19 infections on cruise ships such as The Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess are cases in point, but are certainly not the only examples. Based on previous research we conducted with vessel tracking data, we know that this...