Infosys is integrating its own platform and CoWIN to make the vaccination process easier for employees and families. Last month new guidelines were released for the integration of CoWIN with third-party platforms. India has been increasing the speed of vaccination with 24.9 cr citizens having received the jabs. Glitches on CoWIN are also being ironed out and users can make corrections to errors in name, DoB, and gender, on the CoWIN website.
In a survey conducted by Ipsos Mori, 80% of the Indians felt that the government and public services in India have rightly put digital tech to use in our fight against COVID-19. As many as 1,000 respondents from India between the age group 18 and 50, and 12,100 respondents across 12 countries participated in the survey. Respondents in India were comfortable with tech replacing face-to-face interaction as 63% are willing to give personal data to access a service.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a sign of re-opening of offices globally, has asked staff to join back office three days a week ( Mon, Tue, Thu) from Sept. Few of the staff may have to work four days a week. Apple employees, in a year, get two weeks to WFH to spend time with loved ones. Microsoft, in April, delayed the reopening of its offices till September after it had announced to start operating from Redmond, Washington-based headquarters in a phased manner.
The Indian govt has ordered social media platforms to remove COVID-19 content tagged as “Indian Variant”. The Ministry of IT said,” WHO has not associated the term Indian Variant with the B.1.617 variant of the COVID-19 in any of its reports.” In April another letter was sent by the ministry to social media firms to let users know that they must not host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update, or share any info on Covid-19 that may mislead citizens.
The global market for cellular IoT modules has been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic as it dropped by 8% to $3.1bn in 2020. The shortage of semiconductor chips affected a lot of companies in Europe, North America, and other big markets in Q4 of the last year. The only big market showing growth in 2020 was China with 14% YoY growth in cellular IoT modules. In the next four years, around 4.5 bn cellular IoT connections are expected.
A Deloitte report said that 51% of the 5000 surveyed women feel less optimistic about their jobs in the pandemic. With the increased workload, women reported a 35 point drop in mental health and a 29 point drop in motivation compared to pre-pandemic levels. 57% of the 500 women surveyed in India feel career growth is slow during the pandemic, while 61% are less optimistic over jobs. Indian women feel more challenged as 80% take up household chores and 47% take up childcare responsibilities.
Investigation reports of the data breach released by Verizon Business of 2021 show 5,258 breaches from 83 benefactors worldwide. A rise of over 33% than last year. Phishing and ransomware attacks have seen a rise by 11% and 6% respectively, with occurrences of misinterpretations rose by 15x YoY. 39% of attacks were on web applications. The impact of these breaches on the median of losses incurred is $ 21,659.
Google has raised over Rs.33 cr to aid NGOs working relentlessly in India during the deadly second wave of COVID-19. Apart from providing funds to NGOs like GOONJ, GiveIndia they are also showing over 2,500 testing centers and 23,000+ vaccination centers on maps. On YouTube, a piece of authoritative information set in the form of a playlist has been created. Last month it announced Rs 135 cr for urgent medical supplies i.e oxygen, equipment, etc.
Amidst the crisis, a fake message has been circulating that affects android users by gaining entry into their phone’s contact list. It has been identified by at least 5 different alterations. Once opened, the message carries a link that installs an app and sends SMS to all contacts of the device. It has been advised to use only the official links to register for Covid vaccination. Also, the use of anti-viruses and switching off 3rd party downloads have been advised.