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Reconnaissance Should Happen Long Before Body Count

Screenshot of PDC’s interactive map services For anyone who has listened to me bloviate about baseline Covid-19 data gathering, and the need to employ cell phones in the effort, it appears to be happening at last:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/apple-google-smartphone-covid-19-1.5529407 Thank Jonathan Yen for bringing it to my attention.  You’ll all enjoy my silence on the matter now. The…
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Systems Are More Than The Sum Of Their Parts

Yesterday I was reacting to the way a health agency minimized a terrible problem by presenting data in a misleading way, and I framed it as predictable behavior by a bureaucratic system.  While I may find the charts fascinating, this is a terrible way of introducing people to the healthcare challenges of people living in…
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Northern Disclosure

When big, complex, bureaucratic systems know they have a problem, they try to fix themselves.  This results from a mix of motives.  There is a natural impulse to improve the system for the benefit of end users.  There is an equally natural impulse to avoid the intervention of outsiders in the repair of internal system…
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What’s News With You?

Sometimes the most astonishing aspect of news isn’t in the headline or the fine print, it’s the priority we give to certain stories. Last month I was in Victoria, the capital of our third biggest province.  On the front page of the daily paper I read that an octopus had attacked a bald eagle in…
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