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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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  • 28 June, 2021
    Brave New World Podcast: Episode 15 Nandan Nilekani on an Egalitarian Internet
    The internet began with an Age of Innocence, which gave way to the Age of Commerce, driven by the advertising model. Nandan Nilekani joins Vasant Dhar in episode 15 of Brave New World to describe how we have now entered the Age of Geopolitics, in which nation states are jostling for power with big t...
  • 24 June, 2021
    COVID-19 Impact Variations by Age and Gender
    Introduction:    The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started releasing a detailed daily PDF containing information on a variety of indicators such as mortality, containment zones, bed capacity, vaccinations, etc. from June 2020. Such data is useful not only for formulating...
  • 21 June, 2021
    COVID-19 Containment Strategies in Mumbai
    Introduction   The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started releasing a detailed daily PDF containing information on a variety of indicators such as mortality, containment zones, bed capacity, vaccinations, etc. from June 2020. Such data is extremely useful not only for formulating sh...
  • 17 June, 2021
    Smartphone usage and privacy challenges
    Data privacy conversations are incomplete without acknowledging how leading mobile operating systems have been gaining access to granular data on smartphone users, write Meenaz Munshi, Anushka Bhansali and Hemant Adrakar.   Excerpts from the blog:   "Even a basic minimal...
  • 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 ...
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  • 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...
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