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WHAT'S NEXT?: In the years to come, social commerce will become more widespread and the level of personalization will improve with advanced AI solutions & chatbots. The number of worldwide social media users is projected to grow from 2.1 billion in 2016 to 2.5 billion by 2018.

  • [New] Data localization laws around the world The data localisation regulation will predominantly play a crucial role in how the Internet and society develop in the future. The Sunday Guardian Live
  • [New] In electricity, Labor will significantly upgrade transmission infrastructure to hasten the transition to renewables, invest in solar banks and install 400 community batteries. The Guardian
  • [New] Coordinated outreach, joint testing, industry engagement, and policy collaboration can build global momentum and communicate risks associated with untrusted vendors. Center for New American Security
  • [New] In Canada, businesses must assess the risk to individuals and communities of deploying an algorithm; in the US, assessments are being developed to decide when AI is low- or high-risk and to quantify how much people trust AI. Wired
  • [New] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and partners have developed Liberia's first Adaptation Communication to confront threats and related impacts of climate change. FrontPageAfrica
  • [New] Queensland farmers face frequent and significant risks, the Family Farm Enterprise Risk and Resilience Program will help prepare for, and manage business and climate risks, and improve economic, environmental and social resilience. Queensland Farmers' Federation
  • [New] California water officials acknowledged Wednesday that another painful year of drought is likely, and warned the many communities receiving water from the State Water Project that they may get no water at all in 2022, except in cases of emergency. San Francisco Chronicle
  • [New] Americans living in an endemic world will still get infected and might still get hospitalized, but the rates of new cases and hospitalizations will be so low that Covid-19 will not negatively impact our society, economy or daily life. Forbes
  • [New] The threat actors have leveraged social media platforms, such as Twitter, as infection vectors. Bank Info Security
  • [New] Confronting climate change in thoughtful ways offers the potential for significant economic opportunities for businesses, communities and workers in Canada and around the world. Government of Canada
  • [New] In order to fully realise the potential of international education and research, both Government and the Australian community should have a deeper understanding of its value to Australia. Group of Eight
  • [New] In the 2021 CMX Community Industry Report, 86% of companies said that community is critical to [their] mission and 69% of companies said that they plan to increase their investment in community in 2022. Lenny's Newsletter
  • [New] China and Africa will aim at building the China-Africa community with a shared future in a new era, and chart out a blueprint for the development of China-Africa relations in the next three years and beyond. CCTV
  • [New] The suicide rates in the South-East Asian countries are already high and increasing currently due to fear, misdiagnosis, social perceptions, misinformation and xenophobia. PubMed Central (PMC)
  • [New] The latest ESRC research centres will focus on some of the key societal issues to be addressed, such as social care, policing, inequalities between generations and the impact of digital technologies, and will help maintain the UK's position at the forefront of social science research. lshtm
  • [New] For social media managers, entrepreneurs, content creators and users that regularly create visual assets through design software on their computers, posting to Instagram from their PCs could save time and improve overall efficiency. PR Daily
  • [New] In a statement, the EPA said it is working to improve its data on emissions of toxic air pollution, do more to communicate risks to the public, develop regulatory solutions and reduce pollution. ProPublica
  • [New] The EPA and state agencies could install air monitors in communities to gauge how much toxic pollution reaches neighborhoods. ProPublica
  • [New] Many governments, particularly in western Europe, had already struggled with rapid rises in cases and have reintroduced mandatory mask-wearing, social-distancing measures, curfews or lockdowns - leaving businesses fearing another grim Christmas. Digital Journal
  • [New] Philips is committed to improving the lives of 2.5 billion people a year by 2030, including expanding access to care for 400 million people living in underserved communities.
  • [New] With supplemental funding, Community Farm Alliance will double the number of participating retail locations and increase the incentives at farmers markets and retail locations. USDA

Last updated: 05 December 2021