The project called CoronaSurveys was created to "Measure the Iceberg" and was based on the idea that the iceberg has a visible tip – in this case, the number of confirmed cases - but below that tip, submerged and out of sight, is the rest of the block of ice, one of uncertain dimensions, and which can sink any vessel that does not know its real size. In order to get to a number that is closer to the real number of people affected by Covid-19, the team led by Antonio Fernández Anta published the first surveys on Twitter in Spanish in mid-March. Over the weeks since then, the project has expanded to almost global dimensions. Currently the surveys cover 150 countries and 60 languages.
Some Spanish areas are more likely than others to suffer a coronavirus outbreak and, therefore, would require greater protection measures against a second wave of COVID-19. The study of mobility during confinement indicates this, based on geospatial analysis. It’s been carried out by researchers from the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) in collaboration with TAPTAP Digital, using additional data from Predicio and Tamoco.
Antonio Fernández Anta has participated in one of the "MBA Talks" of the Canarian academic center MBA Business School: "Big Data & AI: Creating value in accelerated environments", in which Luis Falcón, Visiting Professor of MBA Business School, professor of the Master in City and Technology at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and CEO of inAtlas - Big Data and Location Analytics, has also been present.
The article, “An analysis of Pre-installed Android Software” by Julien Gamba, Mohammed Rashed, Abbas Razaghpanah, Juan Tapiador and Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, has been awarded the Best Practical Paper Award at the 41st IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland), which takes place on May 18-20, 2020. This is one of the top conferences in cybersecurity. The study has real impact on users as it reveals the privacy and security issues associated with pre-installed software on Android devices and their supply chain.
With Covid-19 hitting all areas of our lives, there is a need both socially and politically to know what the state of the citizenry is. We need to know how Covid-19 is evolving, how many citizens have it, how and where they are infected, what is the probability of them getting sick, etc. All these data are necessary in order to take appropriate measures and to know when and how we are going to recover certain areas of our lives and what other aspects are going to change forever.
In order to properly manage the Covid-19 pandemic, governments and the scientists who advise them need the most accurate data possible on the situation. The problem is that such data do not exist. The only data they have are those provided by laboratory tests. In other words, governments know how many people have tested positive, how many are in hospitals and how many are being treated over the phone. But by now it is more than evident that these are not the real data of the pandemic. Scientists around the world are now devising formulas to estimate figures that are more realistic. An international team led by researcher Antonio Fernández Anta of the IMDEA Networks institute is one of them.
The Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has recommended that all countries tackle the coronavirus with three strong words: "test, test, test". Not everyone understands that the health system is governed by a statistical science. Its aim is not to give the best possible care to each patient, but rather, as resources are limited, its aim is to give the best possible care to all patients. This implies that sometimes individual patients will receive less optimal treatment in order to optimize the management of resources used for all.
Julien Gamba, predoctoral researcher at IMDEA Networks Institute, has been awarded with one of the 2020 NortonLifeLock Research Group Graduate Fellowship. This is one of the most selective world Fellowships in the area of cybersecurity. As in previous editions (the first one was in 2007), there have been three winning candidates, including Gamba. Each of them will be bestowed with a prize which consists of 20,000 US dollars.
The purpose of the measures being taken by the authorities is to stop the spread of the virus. To understand these measures, it is essential to know how the spread works.
Data and the economy stemming from them are the engine for the fourth industrial revolution. However, and according to Nikolaos Laoutaris, there is a very important leading player who currently receives absolutely nothing of the huge profits generated by the activity: the people who provide these data. Only in a very few cases do the humans producing data receive a measly compensation in kind for it: free online services.