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Tech

By Mark Chisholm

I N T E R N AT I O N A L FO C US

In Italy, Facebook
has created a service to verify information posted on
its WhatsApp platform. The service
is a result of a partnership with Italian
fact-checking service Facta.
WhatsApp users
can send content posted to
the Facebookowned platform
to Facta, which
will then analyze
it for its validity.
The WhatsApp
messaging app
has been victim
to a number of
hoaxes amid Italy's
COVID-19 crisis.

Italian 3D
Printing
Company Aids
Hospitals

CORONAVIRUS A BALANCING
ACT FOR ITALIAN PRIVACY
While Europe has some of the strictest privacy laws
in the world, the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus
has tested Italians' respect for personal privacy.
Mobile carriers Telecom Italia, Vodafone and
WindTre have begun sharing location data of customers' phones with authorities, while respecting
privacy laws. The Lombardy region used the data to
see how well citizens are abiding by a strict quarantine lockdown. The measures are similar to those
being taken in Austria and Germany.

Isinnova, an Italian 3D printing
company, has developed a
3D-printed adapter that transforms a snorkeling mask into
life-saving headgear by attaching it to a ventilator. The company - which is now 3D printing
affordable valves for hospital
respirators - has released the
design, dubbed the Charlotte
Valve, for others to print. It also
patented the adapter to ensure
it remains free to use. "We
decided to freely share the file
for the realization of the link
in 3D printing. Unlike the
respirator valve, the
link is easy to make,
so it is possible for all
makers to print it correctly," the company
writes on its website,
isinnova.it.

Robots Assist During Pandemic
Italy is looking to robots to lend a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The country - which has been hit especially hard by the disease -
is using robots to offer medical assistance to quarantined patients, attend
classes for students via teleconferencing, and more. One such robot, Ivo, is
a solution that consists of a tablet, on top of a robotic set of wheels, that
attends classes and streams video of the class to students. Meanwhile, in
Varese, northern Italy, one hospital has received six humanoid robots to
take the pulse of highly infectious patients.
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Clockwise from Top: Peter Hermes Furian/Alamy Stock Photo, Courtesy of Isinnova (2), Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters, SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images, Alessandro Mascheroni/Alamy Stock Photo.

Facebook
Fighting
Misinformation
in Italy

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