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Amazon is limiting sales of Plan B and other emergency contraceptives to three units per customer in the wake of increased demand, the company confirmed to several media outlets. Last week’s US Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade prompted a spike in sales of Plan B and other generic brands of levonorgestrel morning-after pills. Customers who order emergency contraception on Amazon still face a bit of a wait. Amazon’s main listing for Plan B (a popular name brand of levonorgestrel made by a company called Foundation Consumer Healthcare) displays an estimated delivery range of July 19 through August 6. MyChoice, a generic brand of levonorgestrel that is cheaper than Plan B displays a delivery date of July 28. Engadget has reached out to Amazon for an estimate on when it will remove its cap on sales, and will update if we hear back. Rite-Aid is also capping both online and in-person sales of emergency contraception to three per customer. Walmart has a more generous limit of 10 units of Plan B per customer, and Target limits online sales of Plan B to six orders per customer. Following a temporary cap on sales, both Walgreens and CVS have removed purchase limits on Plan B as of Tuesday evening."We continue to have ample supply of emergency contraceptives to meet customer needs," Matt Blanchette, CVS’s senior manager of retail communications toldCNN.Those who don’t want to turn to Amazon or a major drugstore chain have other online options for Plan. Both Instacart and GoPuff also offer Plan B for same-day delivery. A number of telehealth startups such as Wisp, Nurx and Stix sell generic emergency contraceptive pills (though sales are restricted to certain states). Sales of emergency contraceptive products on Wisp spiked by 40 percent following a leak of the court’s decision back in May, Wisp confirmed to Engadget. Furthermore, sales were 25 times the daily average for May on Friday, the day of the court’s ruling.“We have been able to meet the current surge in demand. We are not putting any restrictions on emergency contraceptive pills,” noted Wisp CEO Ahmad Bani in a statement to Engadget.
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Pangea has announced the launch of a pair of AI solutions, one for preventing injuries in the construction industry with computer vision, and the other for pre-arrival background checks with artificial intelligence on people crossing international borders. The new Border Control system analyzes more than 3,000 open-source data pools to deliver highly-accurate decision-making within a second, according to the announcement. Potential threats are not rejected, but rather referred to border agents for investigation. Computer vision can also contribute to the solution, with behavioral and body language analysis. Pangea is showcasing its new AI passenger vetting system at Identity Week in London on June 28 and 29. CEO Rafi Kaminer says the solution helps organizations overcome data siloes, gathering insights from various data lakes rather than collecting them in a single database. Reducing workplace injuries with computer vision Meanwhile at a professional conference in Israel Pangea launched a solution jointly developed with Tidhar Group that combines sophisticated sensors, AI analytics and computer vision to send automatic alerts in real-time if a dangerous load is detected or a worker on scaffolding is not tied on to a lifeline. These, according to the announcement, are the two main causes of worker falls from construction scaffolding. "Construction site accidents are not a fact of life and the vast majority of them can be prevented using advanced technologies,” says Pangea Enterprise Division VP of Business Development Oded Somberg. “We identify strong interest among construction companies for reliable and affordable solutions to work accidents. We offer them a unique solution based on advanced technology. This solution complements the first product we launched, which helps construction companies improve site safety through an advanced access-control solution based on facial recognition. Pangea has set itself the goal of developing additional modules and tools for construction companies to deal with life-threatening problems at their sites." Pangea also recently won a contract to supply technology to Jamaica to support its new multimodal biometric voter registry.
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Stakeholders who recently gathered in the Moroccan Capitol of Marrakesh for discourses on digital identity at the ID4Africa Augmented General Meeting 2022, once again met virtually June 28, 2022 for an ID4Africa Livecast to stitch together their recommendations on two of the four workshop topics treated during the in-person meeting less than a fortnight ago. During the Livecast anchored by ID4Africa chairman Dr. Joseph Atick, the first component of the virtual discussion was co-chaired by Liv Marte Nordhaug, co-lead of the Digital Public Goods Alliance, and MOSIP Founding Chairman and Technology Board Member Sanjay Jain, who both shared their thoughts on the importance of building digital public goods, or digital stacks, which are crucial for digital transformation projects undertaken by governments, such as the implementation of digital identity ecosystems. Because these digital public infrastructures are systems that countries need to build other systems on top of them, they have to be built in a way that can enable countries keep their national digital sovereignty, and allow them customize or adjust these systems to appropriately respond to new and future needs. Highlighting some of the key takeaways from the in-person workshop, Jain said one of things to keep in mind is for countries to ensure that any DPI systems they intend to build should serve the people and their interest first. He also underlined the need for participation in international standards bodies and cooperation across the various agencies involved, and also the need for capacity building for stakeholders involved in building digital stacks. Corroborating Sanjay on the aspect of capacity building, Nordhaug said it is important as part of a long-term investment which can be useful for other future projects. A select group of other workshop contributors also spoke, sharing their experiences on how countries can leverage the power of DPIs as an important digital transformation template, especially for those that lack the financial, human or logistical capabilities to build their own technologies. The speakers also shared best practices on how to leverage Digital Public Goods on building DPIs in terms of policy, regulation, procurement, and vendor models, among others. The speakers included Mike Straub from Smile Identity; Colleen Elliott from Microsoft; Yodahe Zemichael from Ethiopia national ID; Rosemary Kisembo from the Uganda’s NIRA, and Stephanie de Labriolle from the Secure Identity Alliance. de Labriolle, sharing industry experience, remarked that when it comes to building DPIs, there is no one-size-fits-all solution or approach. She said it could be open source, or some other system, but all depending on the capacity and ambitions of the country concerned. In any case, she insisted on the adoption of free open standards. Identity management for frictionless borders In the second segment of the livecast, participants crossed views and summed up recommendations on how digital identity can be better managed as a lever to seamless and convenient border crossings. During the session which was chaired by Damien Thuriaux, head of immigration and border management at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), alongside his thematic specialist colleague from IOM West Africa, Alvina Samjawon, discussants through their various interventions, identified ways through which the integration of identity management into border processes can lead to frictionless human mobility especially in times of major social crises like the outbreak of wars or pandemics. Putting the discussion in context, Thuriaux said this had become so important given the major risks cross-border mobility has been exposed to, especially with the COVID pandemic which has laid bare how much work countries still have in terms of employing identity solutions to ensure fluid borders for people and goods. He also elaborated on the IOM’s legal identity strategy, insisting that legal identity is a key element for safe and regular migration. The lack of legal ID affects migrants, IDPs, returnees and all other members of vulnerable groups trying to cross borders, and most of them often resort to irregular migration channels exposing themselves to acute risks, the IOM official regretted. On country-specific experiences, speakers who included the Director General of the Immigration Services of Kenya, Alexander Imbenzi; an official from the National Police of Niger, Saadou Boubacar Cissé, and the Director of South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs, Rosina Senona, all agreed that it is important to have legal identity for frictionless borders, and so shared their thoughts on how to facilitate cross-border mobility and put in place systems that meet the evolving requirements for travel while avoiding to deepen already existing inequalities. The major conclusion of the workshop was that countries have to make deliberate efforts to strengthen their existing legal systems, and then try to integrate them with other human and technological efforts and coordination, in order to ensure frictionless borders. Meanwhile, at the start of the livecast, Dr. Atick used the opportunity to make a panoramic flashback on the just-ended Marrakesh in-person meeting, which he said, has been described by many as the best ID4Africa general meeting ever organized. He said despite the lingering constraints imposed by COVID, thousands of delegates from about a hundred countries made the trip which sought to take the global digital identity discourse a notch higher.
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Industry: Marketing, Advertising &...
Google president of commerce, payments and next billion users Bill Ready now has a much simpler title, CEO of Pinterest, as co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann will transition into the newly created role of executive chairman. Ready joined Google as president of commerce in January 2020, ascending to his current role in April 2021. Prior...
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