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Guess who’s working on a health data-slurping digital tool. Bzzt! Nope, it’s the UK Department for Work and Pensions

The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions is drawing up plans for an internal service that allows it to automate slurps of medical data on claimants to dole out health-related benefits. In an ad posted on the UK’s Digital Marketplace, DWP said the work was currently in alpha and it now wanted a supplier to deliver a technical proof of concept to expose NHS data to the department’s systems. The aim, it said, is to cut down the time and cost involved in gathering information the department needs to make a…

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Letters: working together on mental health

 Claire Murdoch: ‘Mental health is everyone’s responsibility.’ Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian As a mental health nurse since 1984, stories like this never get easier to read (“Suicidal children face long delays for mental health care”, News). One delay is one too many but context is vital too. Your article was based on a small audit from a single London hospital, using outdated information going back four years. There was precious little explanation about how mental health services are improving or what is driving demand for care. In London alone, the…

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Shashi Tharoor: Trolling on social media BJP’s organised activity

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor (File) Trolling of political opponents on social media is an organised activity of the BJP, said Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Saturday. He was speaking at an event, Netizens For Democracy, organised to discuss social media’s pros and cons. The event was organised by Citizens of Justice and Peace (CJP), All India Professionals Congress and some other resident groups at Bandra West. “Trolling is an organised technique of the ruling party. They have cells and there is an army of trolls who have multiple accounts. They get instructions,…

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Matt Kuchar, social media, and stories that take on lives of their own

att Kuchar leaves Hawaii a winner, but not entirely unscathed. That’s the prevailing sentiment from a sect of golf observers, the byproduct of an accusation by a former PGA Tour player on Saturday afternoon. The match was lit at 5:08 p.m. ET; by 10, Kuchar, a beloved and venerated personality by American crowds, had come on the business end of a Twitter roasting . . . over how much he paid a fill-in caddie. Five hours is all it took. Five hours in which Kuchar was on the golf course,…

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CNN Televised Its News Anchors Getting Drunk On New Year’s Eve

On Monday, CNN’s anchors and correspondents engaged in what has become an annual tradition for the network on New Year’s Eve: drinking on air. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Brooke Baldwin and Randi Kaye spent the night drinking shots, champagne and vodka-sodas and encouraging viewers at home to join them, highlights of which you can see in the video above. While CNN was not the only network to show hosts drinking on air (Fox News hosts mixed drinks on camera during its New Year’s Eve special), its broadcast centered on…

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Manipur Journalist Detained for “Abusing” PM Modi, BJP On Social Media

The journalist’s lawyer will appeal against his detention in court. New Delhi:  A television journalist has been detained for criticising Manipur’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on social media under a law intended to ensure national security, leading to protests in national capital New Delhi. He will remain in custody for a year, the highest period of detention permitted under the National Security Act (NSA), a government statement read. Kishorechandra Wangkhem, 39, was working for a television channel in the the northeastern state last month when he uploaded several video…

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