Items tagged with Pandemic

Between data caps, outrageous costs for speed, and billing issues abound, it is a wonder that Internet access has not become a basic right and utility. However, it seems that the state of Virginia and Governor Ralph Northam are stepping things up to accelerate a $700 million 10-year plan to connect unserved Virginians. Yesterday, Governor Northam announced that Virginia has plans to invest “$700 million in American Rescue Plan funding to expedite the deployment of last-mile broadband infrastructure to unserved areas and close the digital divide within the next three years.” This means that before 2024, most of the 233,500 locations within Virginia that do not have a service provider... Read more...
Much has been made of a possible bird flu pandemic, and Twitter might just be the answer to predicting it, if a new Twitter mashup has its way. SickCity calls itself "realtime disease detection for your city," and gathers statistics by looking for tweets that specify diseases or feeling ill.The site also notes that they will be adding Facebook soon, which would add a significant number of data points to their feed of "sickly" information. The site scans for the terms flu, food poisoning, headcolds, chicken pox and sore throat. The stats go back to the last 31 days. Chicken pox? Hmmm, I think they should go more general and not so specific. And where's bird flu?The current top 10 list of Sick... Read more...