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Italy moves to lock down entire country to contain coronavirus; Saudi Arabia's oil war could see backlash; Women 'disappear' in strike protesting inequality and violence

The entire country of Italy is on lockdown in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus — a unprecedented move for a democracy. Also, Saudi Arabia's oil price wars are risky for the global economy — and Saudi itself. But that seems to be Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's style. And diplomatic relations between the US and Iran are stalled, but Iran's government buildings in Washington, DC, hold stories of wild parties.

Technology

London's Dazzle Club uses makeup to protest police use of facial recognition technology

London is already one of the most surveilled cities in the world with around 420,000 CCTV cameras in operation. Yet London police are pushing ahead with plans to implement the facial recognition technology across the city. The Dazzle Club, led by four artists, dons camouflage make-up and leads a silent public walk once a month in protest of live facial recognition police cameras in London.

Cybersecurity

The census goes digital — 3 things to know

The US Census Bureau is hoping that most people who live in the US will use the internet to answer census questions, rather than filling out a paper form or providing those answers to a census taker in person, at their home. But collecting data online carries some significant risks that are new to the census and may undermine the accuracy of the count and the public’s trust in the process.

Analysis: Facebook is undermining democracy

Global leaders, with the United States in the lead, need to continue to hold Mark Zuckerberg to account in official forums. If he is serious about solving Facebook's problems, the tech executive needs to stop avoiding them.

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