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    Did You Hear the One About the Super Model and COVID-19?

    No, not that sort of super model, the super computer model that was the basis for the lockdown which trashed the economy - that model. Apparently the decisions in New Zealand were based on models by a group called Te Punaha Matatini, a...

    The Australian Government Launches Its Pandemic App

    One thing that has been obvious about the response to the Chinese virus pandemic is how willing the public has been to co-operate with government restrictions that would normally be associated with totalitarian states. There have been some rumblings, particularly with over-zealous police fining people for...

    Scott Mclaughlin Wins First Indycar Race: Sort Of

    Well anyone who likes a bit of sport knows that there isn't much going on anywhere in the world at the moment. Football is cancelled, rugby is a goner, yachting, mountainbiking, skiing, all gone. But what about motor racing?  Well sure, the actual belting around...

    Why Are We Calling It ‘Social Distancing’?

    Katharine H. GreenawayUniversity of MelbourneAlexander SaeriMonash UniversityTegan CruwysAustralian National University We are now a society at a distance. As of this week, New South Wales has closed restaurants, bars, gyms, and entertainment venues where people gather in large...

    OK, You Need to Just Chill, Not Netflix Too.

    Reports out of Europe this week say that as a result of the lockdowns over there, too many people are using Netflix and YouTube, and as a result, the Internet is becoming overloaded and slow. As a result, YouTube and Netflix will temporarily...

    Even Bots Are Catching Coronavirus

    Now that Facebook has sent home its human workers and all that’s left are Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow bots, a curious phenomenon has emerged. Tech giant Facebook recently admitted that it marked posts linking to genuine information...

    BFD Weekender: Christchurch’s Legacy of Fighting Violent Extremism Online Must Go Further – Deep into the Dark Web

    Joe BurtonUniversity of Waikato It didn’t take long for a terrorist to show how hard it is to prevent violent extremist content being shared online. Within six months of the attacks at two Christchurch mosques...

    A Bad Case of Wind in Colorado

    Dave Pine The beautiful state of Colorado is known to be a Millennial Greenie hipster’s paradise. Their environmental policies are usually a good indication of which direction the rest of the US will head. “Wind turbine blades won’t be...

    The BFD Tweet of the Day

    https://twitter.com/Birdyword/status/1236340305055477760

    BFD Weekender: TikTok Is Taking the World by Storm

    ByteDance, which owns TikTok, is the first Chinese tech company with a serious chance when it comes to competing with the American social media giants such as Facebook and Instagram. CKGSB KnowledgeFair Observer TikTok’s latest...

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