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The Madhya Pradesh Police (MPP) launched the Pracademic Action Research Initiative (with) Multidisciplinary Approach Lab (PARIMAL) in March 2021. The Lab is a collaborative initiative under MPP’s DG Research and Policy Cell, with IDFC Institute as a principal partner. ‘Pracademics’ can be refe...
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased human capital demands on the public sector to unprecedented levels. The demands are particularly large for healthcare workers and police who are at the forefront of pandemic management. The police’s functions have multiplied in a way that risks personnel health....
  The Liberian handshake is elaborate. It starts with a regular handshake, followed by gripping, finger snapping and fist-pumping. In 2016, as Ebola gripped the nation, this handshake nearly went extinct. India’s namaste may give us some fleeting comfort in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, ...
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  • 16 June, 2021
    Technology can aid state capacity, not replace it
    Harsh Vardhan Pachisia and Sharmadha Srinivasan argue that technology is not a silver bullet for governance. Technical solutions must be supplemented with structural improvements to ensure effective delivery of public services.    Excerpts from the blog:   "The...
  • 11 June, 2021
    Brave New World Podcast: Episode 14 Bias, lies and and Democracy
    Is our democracy in peril? What role has the media played in this? What should we do about it? Ali Velshi joins Vasant Dhar in episode 14 of Brave New World to discuss the subtleties of bias, fake news, information consumption and what to do about social media.     Useful resources: 1...
  • 03 June, 2021
    COVID-19 Tests Data For Mumbai
    Introduction   The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started releasing a detailed daily PDF filled with information on a variety of indicators such as mortality, containment zones, bed capacity, vaccinations, etc. from June 2020. As can be imagined, such data is extremely useful not ...
  • 30 May, 2021
    Brave New World Podcast: Episode 13: Can a Machine have Human Values?
    As artificial intelligence gets more and more powerful, the need becomes greater to ensure that machines do the right thing. But what does that even mean? Brian Christian joins Vasant Dhar in Episode 13 of Brave New World to discuss, as the title of his new book goes, the alignment problem.   ...
  • 26 May, 2021
    COVID-19 Mortality Data For Mumbai
      About the Mumbai COVID-19 Data     The  Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started releasing a detailed daily PDF filled with information on a variety of indicators such as mortality, containment zones, bed capacity, vaccinations, etc. from June 2020. As can be ...
    TAGS: data , COVID-19 , city , Mumbai , BMC
  • 17 May, 2021
    COVID-19 Districts Prioritisation for Aid
    With 15 million new cases confirmed since March, India is grappling with a second wave of COVID-19. While several vaccines in development have shown remarkable efficacy against the disease, scaling production and distribution will take time. As a result it may be 2-3 years before everyone in need is...
  • 13 May, 2021
    Brave New World Podcast: Episode 12 Are We Becoming a New Species?
    Social media is changing human behaviour. How and why are humans being transformed by algorithms? Molly Crockett joins Vasant Dhar in episode 12 of Brave New World to describe her work at the meeting place of technology and morality. Listen to the episode here.     Useful resources: 1...
  • 30 April, 2021
    Brave New World Episode 11: The Future of Liberal Education
    In these polarised times, what should the colleges of tomorrow look like? Michael S Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, joins Vasant Dhar in episode 11 of Brave New World to discuss his vision for liberal education. We should empower individuals, he says, by designing for sere...
  • 29 April, 2021
    Status Quo of Spatial Datasets of Health Facilities in India
    Highlights of recent additions in the public domain   Important healthcare data like locations of health facilities should be geotagged and publicly accessible. This encourages reuse of data for innovation, i.e. research, developing new services and tools, or improving evidence-based policies...
  • 19 April, 2021
    Brave New World Podcast: Episode 10 Understanding QE in the New World
    Covid was a shock to the global economy. Policy makers have responded with Quantitative Easing. Paul Sheard joins Vasant Dhar in episode 10 of Brave New World to discuss the nuances of QE and its possible impacts. Also discussed: the role of monetary policy in this changing tech landscape, helicopte...
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