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October 31, 2020
wraith Audio pronunciation
noun | RAYTH
the exact likeness of a living person seen usually just before death as an apparition 
an insubstantial form or semblance : shadow 
a barely visible gaseous or vaporous column
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Dear Iuri

The ODI Summit is the ODI’s flagship event, bringing people from a broad range of sectors, backgrounds and countries together to discuss critical issues around the future of data.

Join over 1000 attendees online on 10 November to enjoy an exciting line-up of keynotes, high-profile speakers, interactive panels, roundtables, performances, taster workshops and demos exploring key themes about the future of data.

The event has keynotes from the ODI’s co-founders, inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and artificial intelligence, plus special guests (listed below). 

Join us to explore the future of data for:
  • Innovation
  • Policy making
  • International sharing
  • Health
  • Climate
  • Skills
  • Data Institutions
  • Cities, towns and regions
  • Advertising and big tech
All the best,
Team ODI
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Dr Safiya Umoja Noble â€“ Keynote

Author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Dr Safiya Umoja Noble is the author of a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press), and is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles

John Whittingdale OBE MP – Keynote

Minister of State for Media and Data in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

John Whittingdale was appointed Minister of State for Media and Data in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 14 February 2020. From May 2005 until May 2015, he was the chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport

Elizabeth Denham, CBE – Keynote

Information Commissioner, ICO 

Elizabeth Denham took up her role as the UK’s Information Commissioner in July 2016. In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list Elizabeth was awarded a CBE for services to protecting information

Maggie Philbin – MC

Tech Journalist and CEO of TeenTech

Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for over 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes from Tomorrow’s World to Bang Goes the Theory

Book your place
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Top picks

COVID-19 and Poverty

COVID-19 and Poverty

Ending poverty in all its forms is the foundation of the SDGs. Yet due to COVID-19, poverty rates are increasing. UNDP is calling for a Temporary Basic Incometo protect the world’s poorest by giving families a financial cushion and enabling people to stay at home during the pandemic.
Human Mobility, Shared Opportunities
Human Mobility, Shared Opportunities
UNDP's new report on Human Mobility, Shared Opportunities: A Review of the 2009 Human Development Report and the Way Ahead looks back at the last decade and assesses how future policy responses could facilitate safe, orderly, and regular migration to boost development.
The world is in our hands
The world is in our hands
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Padma Lakshmi is teaming up with activists Alexis Ren and Ronen Rubinstein for our #HalfTheWorld campaign to raise awareness about the alarming rate at which COVID-19 and climate change are increasing inequalities.

Experts write

Commemorating the Beijing Declaration
Commemorating the Beijing Declaration
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. While gender equality has advanced immensely, COVID-19 threatens to undo many of the gains made over the last two decades.
Measuring development progress beyond income
Measuring development progress beyond income
UNDP’s Chief Statistician Yanchun Zhang highlights the importance of the Human Development Index and explains why UNDP measures development progress by going beyond income.
Secondary impact modelling; long term learning from COVID-19
Secondary impact modelling; long term learning from COVID-19
Jan Kellett, Finances Services Hub Special Advisor, explains UNDP's new initiative to help countries recover better by examining the secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic through science, models, and data.

In the news

UNDP's 2020 Equator Prize Winners

UNDP's 2020 Equator Prize Winners
Vice spotlighted the 10 indigenous and local communities who were awarded UNDP’s Equator Prize for their innovative, nature-based solutions for biodiversity, climate change and development challenges.

COVID-19's impact on women
NPR’s global health and development blog featured UNDP Gender Director Raquel Lagunas in a story on the ways women are coping with the stress and challenges of the pandemic.

Human Mobility, Shared Opportunities
Devdiscourse highlighted the main findings of UNDP’s new report on Human Mobility and the policy recommendations for how governments can shape migration to encourage recovery.

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{This Week: Ideas for the Next Administration, US-Europe Relations, and More}

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{Truculent - plus, 'Ingenious' and 'Ingenuous': More Than a Typo}

October 30, 2020
truculent Audio pronunciation
adjective | TRUCK-yuh-lunt
 aggressively self-assertive : belligerent 
scathingly harsh : vitriolic 
feeling or displaying ferocity : cruel, savage 
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This week, in honor of our favorite holiday, The New Stack offers two posts that compile some frightening stories from the cloud native computing communityView in browser »
The New Stack Update

ISSUE 241: Peek-a-BOO

Talk Talk Talk

“Everybody with the best intentions, locally optimizing at every step in the process, will gradually consume all of that margin until the system fails.”

AWS’ Adrian Cockcroft, on the importance of chaos testing.
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Database Adoption Varies Based on Who Usually Selects DB Tech for New Applications

Forget developers, today’s kingmakers are called architects, and studies continue to indicate that different technologies are adopted if architects’ preferences are followed.

A prime example is databases. Architects usually choose the database technology used for new applications at 41% of organizations according to Percona’s “2020 Open Source Data Management Software Survey.” Developers make these decisions at 26% of organizations, while only 16% of database administrators (DBAs) have the responsibility. People can perform multiple job functions, so some developers architect the same databases they manage, and some DBAs with programming skills are morphing into so-called data engineers. As career arcs change, perhaps people will self-identify with the architect job title because those are the people that are the decision-makers.

What's Happening

In the serverless paradigm, the idea is to abstract away the backend so that developers don’t need to deal with it. That’s all well and good when it comes to servers and complex infrastructure like Kubernetes. But up till now, database systems haven’t typically been a part of the serverless playbook. The assumption has been that developers will build their serverless app and choose a separate database system to connect to it — be it a traditional relational database, a NoSQL system, or even a Database as a Service (DBaaS).

But the popularity of serverless has prompted further innovation in the data market. In this episode of The New Stack Analysts podcast, we talked about the latest developments in regard to managing data in a serverless system.

Richard MacManus hosted this episode, and his two guests were Evan Weaver, co-founder and chief technology officer of Fauna, and Greg McKeon, a product manager at Cloudflare. Fauna is building a “data API” for serverless apps so that developers don’t even need to touch a database system, while Cloudflare runs a serverless platform called Cloudflare Workers.

The Future of Data in Serverless Will Be API-Driven


What goes bump in the middle of the night? If it is a cloud service or database server this week, the administrator could truly have a scary Halloween. This week, in honor of our favorite holiday, The New Stack offers not only one but two posts that compile some of the most frightening stories from the cloud native computing community. 

One of the posts was contributed by Adam LaGreca, the founder of 10KMedia — a boutique PR agency for B2B DevOps. He culled his Rolodex to unearth six scary outage stories from chief technology officers. “Full-on site outages are horrible — but they don’t make your skin crawl the same way that the random, unpredictable failures really can,” observed Tina Huang, CTO of Transposit. She recalled a tale from her time at Twitter, where a newly installed library failed to parse an individual character within a cookie string. “So every time you logged back in, you were rolling the dice on getting bit by this pesky bug, and you couldn’t be cured without the wizardly powers to reset your cookies on a phone,” she said. Imagine trying to debug this error, on a platform as large as Twitter’s? Charity Majors of Honeycomb, Matthew Fornaciari of Gremlin, Liran Haimovitch of Rookout, Daniel “Spoons” Spoonhower of Lightstep, Lee Liu of LogDNA also weigh in with their own tales of woe, in this highly-entertaining and informative post.

One of our sponsors, Thundra, also compiled for us a highly illuminating post of cloud horror stories as well, this one focusing on Kubernetes. Here we read about resource-hungry pods that crash a production web site, a failed upgrade from unresponsive webhooks, Bitcoin zombies that consume all the available CPU cycles, and ghost pods that block further expansion of a cluster. As fun as these tales are (safely in hindsight), “It’s essential to learn from these stories and to analyze your Kubernetes landscapes. If you avoid these mistakes, you’ll have more reliable, scalable and robust Kubernetes setups,” wrote Thundra co-founder Serkan Özal.

So who this year will dress up as K8s? If you do, send pix for the newsletter. 

NGINX Steps into the Service Mesh Fray Promising a Simpler Alternative

Earlier this month, NGINX introduced the NGINX Service Mesh (NSM), a free and open source service mesh that uses NGINX Plus, the company’s commercial version of its open source NGINX proxy, to power its data plane. While many service meshes are built from entirely open source components, NGINX Vice President of Marketing Rob Whiteley said that rather than putting yet another open source solution on the market, they wanted to focus on targeting NSM to the missing piece in the current market, which he sees as customers struggling with the scale and complexity of Istio.

JFrog: It’s a Liquid World and Developers Are the Rainmakers

JFrog had its Initial Public Offering (IPO) last month and since that time, its stock price has nearly doubled. Not bad for a software company that is difficult to explain to anyone outside the developer community. In the current DevOps era of application development, there are a lot of moving parts. As you scan the various software products that make up the JFrog platform, you get a sense of how complicated DevOps has gotten and why corporations increasingly need a platform like JFrog’s to manage it.

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{Uber's 'robot-firing' in for a rough ride}

Your round-up of the latest, greatest data stories
Hello Iuri,

This week, a research team launched an interactive dashboard to give the public a big-picture view of the five key stages of England’s Covid-19 response. In their research, the team found significant gaps in both the quality and availability of published Covid-19 data in England. Apparently, there’s currently no publicly available data on the support provided to isolating individuals, and no routinely-collected data on whether those asked to isolate actually complete 14 days of isolation. In this case, the visualisation isn’t just showing us what data there is, but also what data there isn’t.

You’ve heard of RoboCop, but what about RoboHR? In a first-of-its-kind case, a group of former Uber drivers have launched a legal challenge against the app over it’s 'robo-firing' algorithms, after they claim they were dismissed by an automated system. GDPR protects against fully-automated firing, but Uber claims that the drivers’ accounts were only suspended after a manual review. Sounds like Uber could be in for a rough ride…

As October draws to a close, so does this year’s official Black History Month. To mark it, we put out an open call for Black writers to receive our ODI Writer’s Fund to produce stories about or using data. We’re absolutely thrilled to share with you the winning pieces: an essay on the complicated relationship between race and data, a poem that considers how well data reflects lives, and a dystopian short story about the future of facial recognition

And finally, it’s the most wonderful time of the year… you guessed it – the ODI Summit! We are now only a week and half (or 11 sleeps) away from this year’s summit, and we can’t wait for all the thought-provoking talks, active discussions and interactive art. You can book your place for £170 here, but don’t forget we also have our welcome fund for those who can’t afford it. And, if that doesn’t completely scratch the data itch, we’ll be running the ODI Learning Monththroughout November – join us for a series of events, courses, webinars and workshops.

Until next time

CarrieHannahCaley and Becky 
ODI Production Team

From the outside world

Researchers find major gaps in England’s Covid-19 data


Research team finds gaps in England’s Covid-19 data when developing dashboard to give full-picture view of England’s strategy

Uber sued over automated firing algorithm

Former Uber drivers launch legal challenge against app for automated firing

Can AI accurately predict the outcome of the US election?


AI used to predict the outcome of the US election based on social media data

Concerns over council algorithms’ accuracy


Almost half of councils in England, Scotland and Wales use algorithms to make decisions about claims, despite concerns around accuracy

Ethnicity to be recorded on death certificates


The recording of ethnicity on death certificates is to become mandatory in England to help tackle the impact of Covid-19 on minority groups

From the ODI

The UK National Data Strategy 2020: equity, fairness and rights

Access to data and information promotes fair competition and informed markets, and empowers people as consumers, creators and citizens. How could this principle be realised in a national data strategy?

Tackling climate change challenges through data access – Microsoft and the ODI

As part of our global partnership with Microsoft, we have been conducting research into climate change to identify priority areas for increased access to data through data collaborations

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Detecting multiple objects and tracking them through a video sequence is an important area in computer vision. 

Today, we have a post that explains the basics of multiple object tracking. We’re not sharing code for implementing a tracker but we provide the technical pieces one needs to put together a good tracker, the challenges, and a few applications.


OpenCV.ai Person Tracker

Implementing a state of the art real time tracker is difficult especially when it is deployed on an edge device with limited processing power. 

We have been working on a person detector and tracker (with re-identification) for about a year at OpenCV.ai (the for-profit arm of OpenCV), and optimizing it for speed and computational efficiency. 

The result is a model that uses 50x fewer weights and 370x fewer computations. An FPGA version of this model was compressed down to only 600KB with only a small decrease in accuracy. 

You can see a short demo video at the link below


If you are interested in licensing the model, please contact us at contact@opencv.ai

SuperAnnotate Desktop 

One of our partners, SuperAnnotate is launching their annotation software on ProductHunt. 


If you need annotation for your data, SuperAnnotate is a good tool to use. Checkout the link above, share your feedback, and support them on ProductHunt. 

By supporting our partners, you are supporting the OpenCV library development, and helping us create free content. Thank you!

OpenCV AI Courses

We are not opening the enrollment for the courses this month because we are slightly overbooked. If you are interested in our courses, please join the waitlist easily using a single click on the button below. The wait time is less than 2 weeks. If you have any questions about the courses, please contact us at courses@opencv.org



Satya Mallick

CEO, OpenCV.org

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