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Information and Digital Innovations

‌With the changing information and advice about the coronavirus outbreak and organisation seeming to move to virtual events to stay connected, keeping on top of information and technology can be difficult. The technological advancements in healthcare has the potential to protect us, but is entwined with questions around privacy and management of personal data.

South Korea’s approach to containing COVID-19 has led to low mortality rates, which could be partly linked to its technological innovations, including mapping and publication of infected patients’ movements, however controversial it might be. In China, authorities have asked for help from large tech firms to track the spread of COVID-19 and are using ‘big data’ analysis to anticipate where transmission clusters will emerge next. However, this should be done in a non-authoritarian way and enable civil society.

Remote working has seen an increase in demands on mobile phone service and internet access and likely an increase in household costs which won’t be met by their employers. 3D printing and repurposing factory equipment has seen an increase since the outbreak began as industries are changing what they produce to PPE and hand sanitisers, but this isn’t sustainable as governments are trying to restart economies.

Access to arts and culture has become a moment of respite for some whilst in lockdown and there has been a surge of museum virtual tours, concert and TV streaming, online gaming, and more. For all these to be accessible for everyone, access and pricing comes into play. How can we harness digital innovation to ensure our health and wellbeing is protected whilst ensuring access is available for all?

These are just some of the possible topics your team might find solutions for, but the scope is much wider.

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Chris Brierley

Chris Brierley

‌Dr Brierley is a climate modeller based in UCL Geography, and convenes its MSc Climate Change. He is a contributing author for the IPCC and is leading analysis of the mid-Holocene experiment in the Climate Model Intercomparison Project , and. He maintains a replica of (a subset of) the climate model projections at UCL. He has also worked on topics ranging from El Nino, uncertainty, climate impacts, pastoralism, reforestation and the social cost of carbon.

Nino Jordan

Nino Jordan

‌Nino moved from being an activist in the climate justice movement to working at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources. He wrote his PhD at UCL on the governance of supply chain emissions embodied in products. Currently, Nino is programme leader of the MSc Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions and teaches Policies for Sustainable Resources.

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