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Young people say they are concerned about their careers, with fewer opportunities for skills development and less established networks. charmedlightph/Shutterstock

COVID a year on: inequalities and anxieties about returning to workplaces are becoming clearer

A year of working from home has become normalised for many jobs. We’re now learning a great deal about its effects on the workforce and our lives.
Activists highlight some of the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals in Lima, Peru (February 20, 2017). Marco Carrasco/Wikipedia

A new intelligence paradigm: how the emerging use of technology can achieve sustainable development (if done responsibly)

A new report from the GovLab and the French Development Agency (AFD) examines how development practitioners are experimenting with emerging forms of technology to advance development goals.
A volunteer looks for waterbirds at Point Reyes National Seashore in California during the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Kerry W/Flickr

Citizen scientists are filling research gaps created by the pandemic

COVID-19 kept many scientists from doing field research in 2020, which means that important records will have data gaps. But volunteers are helping to plug some of those holes.
Computer algorithms can involve complicated math, but the concept of an algorithm is simple. Hill Street Studios/DigitalVision via Getty Images

What is an algorithm? How computers know what to do with data

A close look at how you decide what clothes to put on in the morning can help you understand how computers work.
Accurate address data is vital for public services, including health monitoring. TippaPatt/Shutterstock

South Africa needs a national database of addresses: how it could be done

Address data are maintained in silos at different government entities. There is limited coordination and adherence to international standards; good practice is lacking around information management.

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