Medical data has a silo problem. These models could help fix it (WEF)

  • Much health data is out of reach to researchers in specific countries, halting discovery and innovation.
  • Government policies must consider technological capabilities to ensure data’s true potential can be unlocked.

Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital societies. During COVID-19, that became a lifeline (WEF)

  • Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital society long before the COVID-19 pandemic, providing services such as electronic voting, online learning in schools, digital bureaucracy and healthcare.
  • When the coronavirus crisis struck, this investment paid off as Estonia’s digital public services continued mostly uninterrupted.
  • Public-private partnership and trust in public institutions are the secret of Estonia’s success. Citizens embraced the digital revolution because it was transparent, fair and to the benefit of all.


Why support for Latin America’s early tech hubs is vital for the region (WEF)

  • Many venture capitalists in Latin America are supporting existing companies on their portfolio but shying away from new deals.
  • The current slowdown could prove particularly damaging to smaller start-up ecosystems, such as those emerging in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
  • Maintaining support of start-ups in these ecosystems is vital to the entire region’s future.

Tackling the harder-to-abate sectors: join the conversation on 7 July (WEF)

  • The harder-to-abate sectors have a vital role to play in meeting the Paris Agreement targets.
  • We can achieve zero-emissions in these industries – but has COVID-19 thrown a spanner in the works, or opened up opportunities for a Great Reset?
  • Join the conversation with civic, business and political leaders at the Virtual Industry Transition Day on 7 July to be part of these industries’ race to zero.

South pole warmed ‘three times faster’ than global average over past 30 years (WEF)

  • The world’s southernmost weather station has seen record-high temperatures over the past three decades.
  • The record heat was driven largely by natural swings in Antarctica’s climate, but appears very likely that it worked in tandem with human-caused warming.

COVID-19 is the biggest setback to gender equality in a decade (WEF)

• Women around the world are losing paid work and doing more unpaid work as a result of the pandemic.

• Female entrepreneurs now need support, because much rebuilding will fall on them.

• Full economy parity was 257 years away, even before the crisis.


Chart of the day: Renewables are increasingly cheaper than coal (WEF)

  • The International Renewable Energy Agency says half of new solar and wind installations undercut fossil fuels in 2019.
  • Since 2010, the cost of new solar photovoltaic projects has fallen by 82%.
  • Governments are debating whether to stimulate economic recoveries with “green growth” policies, including investment in renewables

The Arctic just recorded its hottest day ever. Here’s what that means (WEF)

  • The Siberian town of Verkhoyansk hit 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, following months of record-breaking heat in the Arctic Circle.
  • Last winter was the hottest in Siberia since temperatures were first recorded 130 years ago.
  • The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there’s a 75% chance that 2020 could be the hottest year on record.
  • If not for climate change, Siberia’s record-breaking temperatures would be “a one in 100,000 year event,” one scientist said.

Why we need to solve our quantum security challenges (WEF)

  • The quantum computing age is growing ever closer – and it could render current encryption systems obsolete.
  • These risks could also prevent this technology’s true value from being realised.
  • Addressing this issue requires action at the national and global levels – now

4 fixes for equipment supply chains before the next COVID-19 waves hit (WEF)

  • The COVID-19 crises forced governments to build new international supply chains nearly overnight.
  • New innovations, such as blockchain, can make the supply chain more efficient, less risky and increase the velocity of goods running through the system.
  • Supply chain solutions must be put in place now to help manage demand from second and third waves of infection