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The coronavirus responders

A special series on coronavirus responses around the world.
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Countries that responded wisely to the pandemic run the gamut in terms of wealth, size, population, and style of government. What they shared was a swift, coordinated government response. Where that has been lacking, no amount of scientific expertise, technical knowhow, or wealth can prevent disaster, as the United States all too grimly shows.

Krithika Varagur spoke to public health officials from six countries around the world. These, edited for length and clarity, are their stories.

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surveillance concept

South Africa’s private surveillance machine is fueling a digital apartheid

As firms have dumped their AI technologies into the country, it’s created a blueprint for how to surveil citizens and serves as a warning to the world.

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Europe's AI Act concept

A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of

The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.

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pouring a pile of sugar

Inside the fierce, messy fight over “healthy” sugar tech

Yi-Heng “Percival” Zhang was a leader in rare sugar research. Then things got sticky.

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dossier of journalist information concept

The secret police: Inside the app Minnesota police used to collect data on journalists at protests

Intrepid Response is a little-known but powerful app that lets police quickly upload and share information across agencies. But what happens to the information it collects?

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