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Madrid with shock plan to face the social challenges caused by Covid-19

Disasters often generate tremendous pressure to reform bureaucracies because inefficiencies which are easily hidden and tolerated during the normal course of events suddenly become quite obvious and potentially deadly.

COVID-19 is putting tremendous pressure of social services providers: both the nonprofits that often deliver social services and the government agencies that operate their own programs and oversee service provision in general.

In Madrid, the city government is reorganizing its social services system in a hurry to meet the needs – implementing modernization and reform plans that never would’ve been possible outside this crisis.

When it comes to families, the authority will focus on eliminating bureaucratic obstacles so that the most vulnerable receive emergency aid quickly. The mechanism of the ‘family card’ will be definitively implemented. Also, social service centres will start reopening as of next week.

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MIT E-VENT | Emergency ventilator design toolbox

This MIT project is developing open source plans for a ventilator in response to the Coronavirus panedemic. A lack of ventilators within the US and globally could result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people who need them to stay alive during the more severe phases of the disease. 

Almost every bed in a hospital has a manual resuscitator (Ambu-Bag) nearby, available in the event of a rapid response or code where healthcare workers maintain oxygenation by squeezing the bag. Automating this appears to be the simplest strategy that satisfies the need for low-cost mechanical ventilation, with the ability to be rapidly manufactured in large quantities. However, doing this safely is not trivial.

Source: MIT E-VENT | Emergency ventilator design toolbox

Civic Technology Can Help Stop a Pandemic

Tech philosopher Jaron Lanier explains in Foreign Affairs how the small and young but mighty democratic nation of Taiwan utilized civic technology to rapidly prototype and build apps that enables their society to organize on of the world’s most effective responses to COVID-19. 

Taiwan’s success has rested on a fusion of technology, activism, and civic participation. A small but technologically cutting-edge democracy, living in the shadow of the superpower across the strait, Taiwan has in recent years developed one of the world’s most vibrant political cultures by making technology work to democracy’s advantage rather than detriment. This culture of civic technology has proved to be the country’s strongest immune response to the new coronavirus.

Read the article: Civic Technology Can Help Stop a Pandemic