Day: September 19, 2020

Frankie Kay, interim director general for data capability, ONS

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been keeping busy during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, and the data collected and analysed by the ONS has been key in helping the country understand the impact of the virus.

The ONS might be best known for its census data, but the organisation’s remit is much broader than that. Frankie Kay, interim director general for data capability at the ONS, tells Computer Weekly how it has worked with academia, the government and the NHS to help the UK fight the virus.

Data science has played an important role, not just in informing the public and giving them “as much clarity and transparency as we can in terms of the pandemic itself”, she explains, but also in looking at the socio-economic impact of the pandemic.

ONS has had to spin up new surveys quicker than ever before. The questions asked have also changed during

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Ukraine, Russia and Venezuela are leading the world in crypto adoption: Chainalysis

Recent data published by Chainalysis revealed a surprising first place for Ukraine in the Global Crypto Adoption Index 2020, followed by Russia and Venezuela.

The index looks at three on-chain metrics: the total value of on-chain crypto transactions weighted by purchasing power per capita, or PPP, the value of on-chain retail transfers weighted by PPP, and the number of on-chain crypto deposits weighted by the number of internet users.

The index also factors in the volume of trades made on peer-to-peer crypto exchanges weighted by both the number of internet users and PPP.

Top 10 countries for crypto adoption: Chainalysis

The report shows uneven levels of development across the crypto sectors of many nations, with the index’s per capita weighting ranking China poorly by number of on-chain deposits and P2P trade due to its large population — dragging the country down to fourth overall despite China dominating on-chain rankings by

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Shopee records RM200m in sales during Penjana shop initiative

a group of people posing for the camera: (From left) Shopee Malaysia's marketing lead, Lok Weng Lum, Prasad Babu, Vach Pillutla, and Gan Poe Yee.

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(From left) Shopee Malaysia’s marketing lead, Lok Weng Lum, Prasad Babu, Vach Pillutla, and Gan Poe Yee.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ringgit-to-Ringgit voucher funding by Shopee and the Government via Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for the Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana) Shop Malaysia Online initiative has generated over RM200 million in sales by local retailers and traders on the e-commerce platform as of Aug 31.

In a campaign mid-point review today and the launch of its annual signature shopping event 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee revealed that the vouchers have been enjoyed by close to 2 million Malaysians who took advantage of the savings and cashback on home and living, health and beauty, toys, groceries, automotive, mobile and gadgets.

According to Shopee’s regional managing director, Ian Ho, the e-commerce platform refreshes the Shop Malaysia Online initiative with a new theme weekly to keep things

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