The field of Digital Mental Health Treatment (DMHT) has exploded over the past decade. DMHT includes a wide range of technology-related interventions, such as internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), smartphone apps, virtual reality, therapeutic video games, and more recently treatments using artificial intelligence (e. g ., therapist bots). Some estimate the number of mental health apps to be well over 10,000 available. DMHTs have the potential to disrupt the current model of mental healthcare, providing access to treatment for many more people, as well as augmenting existing treatments to make them more effective. However, most of the DMHTs currently available are unlikely to improve mental health care. For example, in a 2016 review, researchers evaluated over 100 CBT smartphone apps (Huguet et none had been tested in clinical trials to determine their efficacy and safety. Another well-known issue is the difficulty in engaging users beyond the first download … [Read more...] about The Future of Digital Mental Health Treatment
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SINGAPORE: More data incidents have been reported within Government, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) said in a release on Wednesday (Nov 11). A total of 75 data incidents were reported in Financial Year (FY) 2019, a 47 per cent increase from the 51 incidents in FY 2018. Thirty-seven incidents were reported in the first half of FY 2020 up to Sep 30, similar to the same period in the previous financial year. The majority of incidents reported were due to human error, SNDGO said, including inadvertently emailing sensitive data to the wrong recipients and misplacing IT equipment containing sensitive data. Another main cause of the incidents was a failure to follow established processes to secure data, SNDGO said, including deploying software containing bugs to save time, which could have led to a breach. "Most of the incidents were assessed to not have significant impact on the agency or individuals affected as protection measures had been put in place to … [Read more...] about Increase in number of data incidents reported within Government, majority due to human error: SNDGO
SINGAPORE: Last Friday (Jul 20), the public learnt about SingHealth’s cyber breach that affected 1.5 million patients. The alleged intention of the breach was to get the Prime Minister’s medication information. According to Cyber Security Agency of Singapore chief executive David Koh, this was a “deliberate, targeted, and well-planned” attack, suggesting that Singapore’s infrastructure was being targeted by malevolent actors. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has shown astute leadership, urging the country to press on with its plans of going digital, to build a secure and smart nation. The challenge, however, is that personally identifiable information does not change over time; once compromised, it cannot be reclaimed from bad actors. Hacks on the US government today, for example, can be traced back to information lost during the massive hacks on the Office of Personnel Management discovered in 2015. This cyberattack, and others that may follow, might make citizens more … [Read more...] about Commentary: Implement Internet separation? Let’s learn from industry best practices
In the early 1980s, Silvio Berlusconi was starting to take hold of Italian television. His bombastic Mediaset channels were on air for more hours each day than the public broadcaster RAI. They had virtually none of RAI’s educational programmes or news bulletins. Instead, they specialised in quiz shows, soap operas and imported cartoons, while exceeding the legal limits for advertising slots. But Mediaset’s transmitters covered only about half of Italy’s population. So three decades later, a team of academics could track how Berlusconi’s channels had shaped a generation of Italians. They found that boys from areas with Mediaset coverage were more likely to be exempted from national service later in life because they performed poorly on the military’s psychometric tests. Adult numeracy and literacy tests also revealed that Italians with access to Mediaset before they turned 10 had worse cognitive skills than those who did not – by the equivalent of about three to four IQ … [Read more...] about More Peppa Pig? How much TV should your children be watching right now?
Over the decade-plus that I have been writing about consumer technology, the one subject I have avoided tackling is the misery of email. That’s because email, which has been around for as long as we can remember using the Internet, is a source of pain with no treatment plan. It’s out of control: Anyone, from exes to marketers, can message us. It’s annoying: Once we buy something online and share our email address, the business bombards us with useless messages. It also stokes rude behaviour: Who hasn’t ignored the avalanche of emails that arrive? So when I heard that the makers of Basecamp, a popular online collaboration tool, were trying to reinvent email with a new app and service, I had to see what they came up with. This week, Basecamp unveiled Hey, a US$99-a-year service (S$138-a-year service) that offers a cleaner interface for navigating email. Its prime selling point is a screening tool that we can use to decide who emails us, which theoretically helps us regain … [Read more...] about Tackling the perennial work problem: The bottomless email inbox