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Ethical use of drones in COVID-19 national emergency response programme
08 June, 2020

A novel initiative from the newly established Tech4Good Lab within the School of IT aims to take the lead in building a Drones4Good knowledge community that will extend beyond South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Led by Dr Sumarie Roodt and Dr Walter Uys in the Department of Information Systems, Drones4Good will determine the main privacy, safety and utility considerations (ethical, legal and social implications) regarding the use of drones for crowd monitoring, message broadcasting and social distancing activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Smokers' behaviour in lockdown reveals power of their addiction
02 June, 2020

Cigarette sales have been banned in SA since March 27 as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the auspices of the Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products (REEP) in the School of Economics, Professor Corne van Walbeek and Research Officer Samantha Filby conducted an online survey of about 12,200 people who were regular smokers in the week before the ban became effective.

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COVID-19, 'an opportunity for climate action'
29 May, 2020

Robust discussions on climate change and development links in Africa took centre stage on day two of UCT's Africa Month Virtual Symposium, on Thursday, 28 May. The session unpacked the climate change and development nexus: moving from obligations to opportunities. Several speakers weighed in on the topic, including Professor Carlos Lopes from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance.

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