Friday Five: Google tracks our lockdown movements

1. Google to track our lockdown movements

Google is to publicly track the movement of people during the coronavirus pandemic, showing the places they are visiting on a county-by-county basis in the UK, plus 130 other countries. The readings are based on location data gathered by Google Maps and other mobile services, but it insists individuals’ privacy will be preserved.

The readings will be broken down to reveal how busy places such as parks and train stations are compared with a time before the lockdown (eg retail and recreation sites were down 85% on 29 March). Google says it hopes the information could be used by public health chiefs to help manage the outbreak — and of course it will also help us see if the public is observing the lockdown properly.

2. Be smart with your home office lighting

Seeing as the vast majority of us are working from home right now, you’ve probably given your ‘home office’ some thought — a comfortable chair, raising your screen up to eye level and, if you’re me, trying to clear kids’ toys and food detritus away from your laptop. But have you considered the lighting properly?

3. LinkedIn striving to understand inequality

LinkedIn has published a paper that describes how it is keeping new features from promoting inequality. It is pairing product testing with economic metrics in order to reshape research and design practices across teams, increasing understanding of the underlying causes of inequality.

4. Adobe announces Digital Economy Index

At the first-ever virtual Adobe Summit on Tuesday, the company’s president and CEO, Shantanu Narayen (pictured), unsurprisingly highlighted the importance of digital at the moment. And to demonstrate the role tech is playing during the coronavirus crisis, he announced Adobe’s first Digital Economy Index (DEI).

5. Burger King tells us a Whopper (recipe)

Colonel Sanders may have vowed never to reveal the 11 secret herbs and spices in KFC’s chicken, but in these turbulent times Burger King has decided to help out Whopper lovers by giving them easy-to-understand pictorial directions so they can make their favourite burger at home.

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