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My Corona

Google’s cyberstalking’s time has come

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young
2020-04-24

Yes, it is creepy that Google knows where you are, all the damn time. But measured on a country level, it changes from creepy to useful. Its Covid-19 Mobility Reports for each country is a fascinating look at how effective each country’s various lockdown, social distancing or laissez faire approaches have been. My only complaint is that it’s only available as PDFs, one per country, which makes comparison just about impossible. Open data it is not.

Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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