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How AI Is Tracking the Coronavirus Outbreak Machine-learning programs are analyzing websites, news reports, and social media posts for signs of symptoms, such as fever or breathing problems.  ILLUSTRATION: SAM WHITNEY; GETTY IMAGES With the coronavirus growing more deadly in China,  artificial intelligence  researchers are applying  machine-learning  techniques to social media, web, and other data for subtle signs that the disease may be spreading elsewhere. The new virus emerged in Wuhan, China, in December, triggering a  global health emergency . It remains uncertain how deadly or contagious the virus is, and how widely it might have already spread. Infections and deaths continue to rise. More than 31,000 people have now contracted the disease in China, and 630 people have died, according to figures released by authorities there Friday. John Brownstein , chief innovation officer at Harvard Medical School and an expert on mining social media information for health trends, is part of an international team using machine

Barr scoffs at White House's anti-Huawei 5G approach

AXIOS.COM Margaret Harding McGill Attorney General William Barr. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images Attorney General William Barr on Thursday dismissed a new White House-led effort to build 5G using homegrown equipment and said the government should instead consider investing in Nokia or Ericsson to counter the threat of Huawei dominating the next-generation networks. The big picture:  While the Trump administration broadly agrees about the need to develop a clear and cohesive 5G policy and keep Chinese equipment out of the forthcoming networks, there has been widespread disagreement about how to get there. Driving the news:  Barr, a former Verizon executive, said the U.S. must move quickly to make critical 5G-friendly airwaves available for commercial use, and must have a viable alternative supplier to Huawei. He also poured cold water  on  recent reports  of a new approach by the White House to 5G networks that see the government coordinate with U.S. companies to develop open software t

Ex RAW Chief Vikram Sood Interview

Ex RAW Chief Vikram Sood very seldom grants interviews or speaks or writes columns.  It's one of those rare interviews, where in Vikram Sood speaks and exposes the hypocrisy of Pseudo Secular Parties, Muslim Vote Bank Politics, CAA, NRC, NPA, JNU, Pakistan's dependence on China and many other issues related to National Security, South Asia vis s vis stability, Rapid Islamisation of several European Countries, Iran Saudia Arabia Iran and the Middle East cauldron. Do watch.


February 5, 2020   This week has been all positive for President Donald Trump and it augurs well for his re-election campaign. The Senate acquitted him on Wednesday on both counts of impeachment thus bringing down curtains on the four-month Democratic saga to remove him from power. Faulty start in the Iowa caucuses demoralized the Democrats, while Trump is riding high, boosted by his best approval ratings in Gallup polls.    With acquittal being a foregone conclusion, the President has gone full throttle in his State of the Union speech at the Congress on Tuesday highlighting the achievements of his economic and security policies and laying down his priorities for the coming years.     Sixty-three percent of Americans now approve of the way Trump is handling the economy, a clear six-point increase from an earlier poll in November. It is the highest economic approval rating not only for Trump but for any president since George W. Bush in the first few months after 9/11.    His own perso

The CMMC Has Arrived: DoD Publishes Version 1.0 of Its New Cybersecurity Framework and Discusses Planned Rollout

The CMMC Has Arrived: DoD Publishes Version 1.0 of Its New Cybersecurity Framework and Discusses Planned Rollout USA   February 6 2020 On January 31, 2020, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) publicly released Version 1.0 of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (“CMMC”) framework. The CMMC is a certification framework developed by DoD that measures a defense contractor’s ability to safeguard Federal Contract Information (“FCI”) and Controlled Unclassified Information (“CUI”) handled in the performance of DoD contracts. By FY 2026, CMMC certification will be a requirement for any company doing business with DoD, either as a prime contractor or lower-tier subcontractor. Version 1.0 of the CMMC fills in several gaps from the earlier drafts, which we assess in prior articles. [1]  Additionally, the public briefing that accompanied the release of Version 1.0 included new insights into DoD’s rollout of the CMMC framework. This alert walks through the CMMC framework, highlights update

A test for Xi Jinping and company

TRIVIUM CHINA On January 25 – four days after initiating a national response to the coronavirus – Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) and formed a leading small group tasked with controlling the virus. Premier Li Keqiang was appointed to head the taskforce. The new small group has led the charge in initiating a few critical measures within Wuhan and the surrounding areas to contain the outbreak, including: Building two new hospitals within a few days and converting public buildings into makeshift hospitals Sending in thousands of medical professionals from other provinces Increasing supplies of key medical materials by ramping up domestic production and increasing imports Extending the national holiday to keep people at home longer Organizing regular briefings to address public concerns Get smart:  The outbreak is already disrupting the central government’s 2020 agenda – both in terms of the political calendar and overall governing priorities. There

On the ground – what life is really like for most Chinese urbanites

TRIVIUM CHINA On the ground – what life is really like for most Chinese urbanites Since many of our readers are outside of China, we also want to go beyond the big picture to give a sense of what life has been like in China’s big cities over the past couple of weeks. While the coronavirus outbreak has obviously disrupted people’s daily lives – for most it’s been more irritant than existential threat. We know, because we are living through it. Here’s a day in the life, particularly for our Chinese colleagues: Wake up with a phone full of push notifications relaying the latest numbers of confirmed and suspected cases from each province. Depressed and worried, open up social media feeds and read about the latest public outcry over mismanagement and inefficient responses by local governments, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and others. Outraged, try to filter out misinformation about supposed preventative measures, ranging from microwaving masks for re-use to common

China’s Belt and RoadChina’s flagship foreign policy aims to put itself at the centre of the world once again

*China’s Belt and RoadChina’s flagship foreign policy aims to put itself at the centre of the world once again* Economist The Belt and Road Initiative revives memories of China’s imperial tributary system, says Dominic Ziegler Special report Feb 6th 2020 edition Feb 6th 2020 ON CHINA’S BORDER with Kazakhstan, a new Silk Road city has sprung up with such speed that Google Earth has scarcely begun to record the high-rises that now float on a winter mist above the steppe. What once would have been flattered to be called a hard-scrabble border town is now home to 200,000 people, giant outdoor video screens extolling the glories of a new Silk Road, and restaurants serving sashimi and European wine. Khorgos has become China’s gateway to Central Asia, and all the way to Europe. A twin town is going up in Kazakhstan. A duty-free mall already straddles the border for Kazakhstanis to get deals on booze, perfume and cut-price Chinese goods. But the key features, just across the border, are the gi

Follow the Polar Silk Road: Melting Arctic ice turns up the geopolitical heat with China, Russia Breaking the ice with China, Russia takes on a whole new meaning in the Arctic In colloquial terms “icebreakers” usually bring people together. In the Arctic; however, icebreakers [ships] take on a whole new meaning as the US is way behind Russia while China’s Polar Silk Road threatens geopolitical stability. “China uses coercion, influence operations, debt-trap diplomacy, and implied military threats to persuade other states to heed China’s strategic agenda” — Admiral Charles Ray On Wednesday the  House Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security  held a hearing called “The Northern Northern Border: Homeland Security Priorities in the Arctic, Part II.” As the Arctic ice melts, it is opening an ocean of opportunities that have never been feasible in human history. Along with the opportunities come enormous geopolitical challenges as Russia and  China  aiming to advance their positions in the region, with America looking to jostle for position in the Polar North. Be

Saudi Arabia unwilling to back OIC ministers’ meeting on Kashmir

Baqir Sajjad Syed Updated  February 06, 2020 Facebook Count 122 Twitter Share 23 Islamabad’s feeling of unease with the OIC on its failure to get the CFM’s meeting appears to be growing. — Photo courtesy Arab News/File ISLAMABAD: As the Senior Officials Meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation starts in Jeddah on Feb 9 (Sunday) to make preparations for the OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers, a diplomatic source said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has shown reluctance to accept Pakistan’s request for an immediate meeting of the CFM on Kashmir. Islamabad’s feeling of unease with the OIC on its failure to get the CFM’s meeting appears to be growing. Prime Minister Imran Khan voiced frustration over the OIC’s silence on Kashmir while speaking at a think-tank during his visit to Malaysia. He said: “The reason is that we have no voice and there is a total division amongst [us]. We can’t even come together as a whole on the OIC meeting on Kashmir.” ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Pakista


  ROGER HIGHFIELD  ON  14 SEPTEMBER 2017 ILLUMINATING INDIA: STARRING THE OLDEST RECORDED ORIGINS OF ‘ZERO’, THE BAKHSHALI MANUSCRIPT Exploring the first realisation that zero is a number The invention of zero, or rather the realisation that it was a number just like any other, was one of the greatest conceptual leaps in the history of mathematics, one that would spur the rise of modern science. Today it was announced that the written record of zero, in the region which discovered this influential digit, dates back four centuries further than most scholars had thought, thanks to carbon dating of an ancient manuscript, written on 70 leaves of birch bark, held at the University of Oxford’s  Bodleian Libraries. Oxford’s dating project has been surprisingly revealing about the origins of the delicate and fragmented Bakhshali manuscript, one of the star objects in a forthcoming e