Data analysis

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Using data to combat COVID-19

An initiative that aims to have data on vulnerable populations and help track economic impacts of COVID-19. It will train and build capacity for data analytics and visualisation and to increase collaborative access to relevant data across the continent.

Are people protected when governments collect mobile phone data for COVID-19?

South African government guidelines confirm the powers of the state to conduct mass surveillance of both COVID-19 carriers, and potential carriers through the sharing of data by mobile operators.

The next coronavirus pandemic outbreak could be predicted via satellite

Satellites are not the be-all and end-all, but they can be a powerful predictor of potential future outbreaks like COVID-19.

Country comparisons are pointless unless accounting for COVID-19 testing biases

Concluding that the death rate from COVID-19 is a certain specific percentage (i.e. x deaths out of y tested positive cases) ignores the many people with COVID-19 who are not hospitalised and have not died.

Data analysis of how high temperatures affect crime rates in South Africa

Over the past few decades there has been a growing worldwide interest in examining the relationship between weather and various types of crime. Most research in this area has however produced inconsistent and often paradoxical results. For example, some studies have found no seasonal fluctuations in crime. Others have however