TV depictions of cops can't, and shouldn't, go back to the way they were

Since Memorial Day, protests and police violence have gripped the nation in a way not seen in decades, spreading images of civic upheaval across our screens.

These are the same screens we watch our TV shows on in 2020. How can these two things coexist?

They can’t, at least not without some cognitive dissonance. Much of the escapism and drama we depend on in the entertainment world seems trivial at the moment. Not simply because of the events happening since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, but because coronavirus was already setting the stage for a new, unfamiliar landscape.

We can’t go back to the way things were, even when the “new normal” finally arrives. And we shouldn’t.

First, the snap-back from coronavirus, which has become a rallying point for politicians and business owners over the last few weeks, is not going to happen anytime soon. (And by “anytime soon,” I mean until there’s a free, widely available vaccine.) It’s the same with live, public performances. Concerts still scheduled for Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer look delusional on the venue’s calendar. How do you socially distance a sold-out concert? Who gets to attend, and who’s left out?

And even with people eating on patios and protesting in the streets after a long period of public silence, no one’s hosting new plays, comedy shows, gallery exhibitions or dance programs anywhere but online.

Figuring out how to return to live, public performances is clearly a big problem in the realm of arts and entertainment. But so is figuring out how to responsibly portray the civic crisis in this country on screen, specifically on TV shows about cops.

The backlog of new television series and other media (movies, albums, etc.) now releasing online feels necessarily disconnected. It’s not most creators’ fault, as I said in a negative review of “Space Force,” the Netflix show set in Colorado that treads comically on government ineptitude. While some people claim to have seen this coming, the past few months have been a slow, painful process of disillusionment for many of us, regardless of politics or taste. Of course, art and entertainment can’t keep pace.

Or can it? Westword last week rounded up a dozen-plus examples of Denver musicians creating music for the moment — new works in the longstanding tradition of grassroots activism. Singers and actors such as Halsey, John Cusack and Kendrick Sampson have shared videos of themselves being roughed up by cops or facing tear gas. And black artists are raising money, organizing legal responses and otherwise leading the way toward what our new creative reality could look like.

Some of their messages will sound like broken records to critics of the protests, who may already see Hollywood as a liberal swamp and social-justice activism as a performative whine. But those people are not setting the tone right now, at least not for anyone actually driving change, and the promise of more shows like HBO’s still hyper-relevant “Watchmen” — which dealt directly and brilliantly with white supremacy and police brutality — is enticing.

Actors who play cops, such as “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” co-star Stephanie Beatriz, are donating tens of thousands of dollars to bail funds for protesters while begging their peers to do the same. Powerful TV producers such as Dick Wolf, the creator of the “Law & Order” franchise, are taking action. Wolf last week fired Craig Gore, a writer on one of his shows, for threatening on social media to shoot looters. That sends a message to any of his employees harboring similar sentiments.

Remaining neutral on racism and police violence is increasingly not an option. Regressive attitudes are not welcome.

Cop shows have long been a popular genre because they’re innately compelling, with an endless number of real-world examples to fictionalize. But the majority of them have acted for too long as a kind of PR department for police forces. Even shows that explore racism within departments or heavy-handed approaches on the street tend to reinforce that police are always “the good guys,” heroes above reproach.

There’s a reason police procedurals like “CSI” and its spin-offs reach more people than “The Wire,” despite the latter’s widespread acclaim. The former reinforces the status quo and is therefore a more widely palatable (and bankable) project. The latter humanizes those who oppose the legal system, showing the complicated, uncomfortable relationship between privilege, politics, economic inequality and long-ingrained bigotry. Unassailably good and bad guys don’t exist on that show, as is usually the case in real life.

Great writing, acting and production can be its own virtue, regardless of politics. But the way that shows such as “Hill Street Blues” (1981-1987), “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1993-1998) and “NYPD Blue” (1993-2005) have aged should serve as an example to current and future cop-show writers. Their characters are rich and full of doubt, their story lines less than tidy. Instead of having their buttons pushed, viewers were asked to ponder the moral and ethical conundrums present in each episode.

It’s not exactly light viewing for someone who doesn’t want to be challenged. But it matches up better with what we’ve seen on the streets than most TV shows about police. While some elected officials and police chiefs have been marching, hugging or kneeling with protesters, others sit in undisclosed locations while their employees tear-gas dozens of protesters and members of the media, violently drag college kids from their cars, or flash white power symbols at each other. The videos of cops attacking peaceful protesters and members of the media seem to mount by the hour.

Can we truthfully portray cops as “mostly good” when there’s incontrovertible evidence to the contrary? No, and it’s something that black communities have seen clearly since the founding of this nation.

Of course, this brings up an old argument about whether art and entertainment need to be activist to be meaningful. It doesn’t. It can be anything it wants. A documentary about climate change or teachers in poor communities is as valid as a painting of a hummingbird or an absurdist comedy sketch — if it compels you to think and feel. Right-leaning creatives have the same freedom to make shows glorifying cops as liberals do to tear them down.

But with minor exceptions, they all glorify cops. Racist, violent behavior is an aberration to be addressed in a single episode instead of a systemic issue. After I submitted a draft of this piece to my editor last week, I found numerous parallel articles with titles such as “Cops Are Always the Main Character” (Vulture), “How TV Cops Taught Us to Valorize the Police” (Vox), and “Cop Shows Are Undergoing a Reckoning — With One Big Exception” (Slate; that exception is the CBS network, home to “CSI,” “Blue Bloods,” “SWAT,” etc.).

Not all TV shows need to generate empathy for their main characters, to twist a phrase from the late, great Roger Ebert. Storytelling can also be a warning against danger, an imagining of worst-case scenarios so we can prepare ourselves for potential trouble. That’s why films get compared to dreams so much — flights of fancy, yes, but also nightmares that hand us previously unimaginable scenarios and speak directly to our squishy lizard brains. Good or bad, they allow us to escape reality and imagine something that doesn’t exist.

And so it is with TV, from utopian pioneers such as the original “Star Trek” series to surreal, progressive, animated shows like “Tuca & Bertie,” which was just picked up for a second season by Adult Swim after being dropped by Netflix.

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If we want anything to change, we need to not only witness but also marinate in the loss, pain and complexity in our country right now, whatever that looks like for each of us. We need to watch and listen as peaceful young protesters are beaten in broad daylight by police, while mobs of white men with bats, for example, are allowed by police to roam the streets of Philadelphia. And we need to see that reflected in the shows we use to escape from or sharpen our reality — not all of them, but any that have the pretense of dealing with such issues — for them to remain relevant.

Whatever the future brings, there is no way to meaningfully recover from what’s happening without a fundamental shift, both in real life and on the TV shows that portray it. Until that happens, we’re just spinning our wheels in the same outdated vehicle that got us here.

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Family of six, including four young children, found dead inside car in Texas

A family of six – including four children aged between 11 months and four years – have been found dead inside a car at their home in Texas, police said.

Officers were called to a house in Stone Oak, San Antonio, to do a welfare check on Thursday morning after a neighbour flagged concerns he had not seen one of the residents for a while.

They found “heavy, noxious fumes” coming from inside the house, which were later identified to be carbon monoxide, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.

Officers managed to get inside the property later that day and found a “cryptic” note on the door, before discovering six bodies and two animals inside an SUV parked in the garage, he told a news conference.

The bodies were identified as a husband and wife in their mid-to-late thirties and four children.

Two pet cats were also found in a basket on the front seat, with the man believed to be a member of the US military.

The family moved to the area in January, though neighbours told police they “never saw them” out and about, said the police chief.

“This is just the very beginning of the investigation,” he said.

“Although it appears to be a suicide they’ll be combing through the house to find any evidence they can of what happened in greater detail.”

Nearby residents were evacuated while police and chemical experts ensured there was no risk of an explosion at the house.

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email [email protected] in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.

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Coronavirus: Survival of ‘big five’ game reserve rests on return of tourists soon

When David Boshoff took the job as general manager of the Dinokeng Game Reserve he thought it would be a thrilling place to practise conservation, for there are few conservation projects in the world like this 20,000-hectare park.

Home to the so-called ‘big five’ – elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and African buffalo – the reserve sits in the lap of South Africa’s biggest population centre. Dinokeng is a one-hour drive from Johannesburg.

And it came into being when the government and a group of private landowners decided to drop their physical and metaphorical fences and create something unique.

But Mr Boshoff and his team, who have worked to maintain this patch of wilderness on a fast-urbanising continent, now face a challenge that threatens the park’s very existence.

South Africa’s attempt to contain the coronavirus in the form of a nine-week-and-counting lockdown has completely eliminated the revenue generated by tourists.

Consequently, the manager now sits in his office wondering how he is going to keep the place going.

“I’ve got no income coming in, the whole income stream into the park has shut down. There (was not) even one tourist in this park for the whole of April. I have 60 dedicated employees, so how I am going to pay them next month?” asked Mr Boshoff.

The park’s frightening financial position is not the only pressing issue on the manager’s desk.

The number of incursions made by poachers into the park has tripled during the lockdown as intruders hunt for bushmeat – or a lucrative payday in the form of ivory or rhino horn.

“This week we lost an impala, a wildebeest and that is only the animals we found. We lost a lion a month ago, it walked into a snare that was meant for an antelope, so when you lose key species it is going to impact on tourism. It means less income.”

Dinokeng’s anti-poaching unit is formed by a group of specialist trackers and they have been run off their feet in recent weeks.

When the unit’s leader, Tim Higgs, found a fully-grown impala snagged in a poacher’s snare, they hauled themselves into a pick-up truck and raced off to help him near the park’s northern boundary.

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Ex-French president accused of sexual harassment

French officials have launched an investigation into former President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing for allegedly groping a journalist.

German reporter Ann-Kathrin Stracke says the former leader touched her buttocks repeatedly during a 2018 interview.

Ms Stracke said the global MeToo movement, which has highlighted sexual harassment and assault against women, inspired her to come forward.

The 94-year-old has denied the charge.

An emailed statement from Mr Giscard d’Estaing’s lawyer reported in the New York Times said he did not remember the incident, was not aware of any complaint, and that he was considering legal action after the “particularly undignified and offensive media attack”.

Ms Stracke filed a report in France about the incident in March. The German reporter told news agency AFP she decided to tell her story because “I think that people should know that a former French president harassed me sexually”.

She has also said the MeToo movement “showed me how important it is to talk about these matters in the open”.

What are the allegations?

French newspaper Le Monde and German paper Sueddeutsche Zeitung first reported the allegations last week.

Ms Stracke, now 37, travelled to Paris in December 2018 to interview Mr Giscard D’Estaing for German public broadcaster WDR.

After speaking to the former leader the reporter said she asked for a photo with her and the team. He allegedly put his arm around her waist before moving it down to her buttocks. She said she was unable to push his hand away.

The ex-president then suggested they look at photos on his office wall. During this time Ms Stracke said he again touched her buttocks, and then followed her and touched her again as she tried to move away.

“I tried to remove this hand, I did not succeed, and I was surprised by how strong he was,” she reportedly said, later describing the incident as “extremely uncomfortable”.

A cameraman then knocked over a lamp to distract Mr Giscard D’Estaing. As the team left, the former president allegedly kissed her on the cheek and said “Sweet dreams” to Ms Stracke in German.

Ms Stracke said she told her managers a few days later about the incident, who then reportedly hired an employment law firm to interview her and the cameraman.

In April 2019 the firm concluded the pair were “overall credible and suggest that the facts were exactly as described”. A spokeswoman for WDR said the company knew of the incident and backs Ms Stracke’s complaint.

According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, Mr Giscard D’Estaing’s office said he did not remember the interview. Officer manager Olivier Revol reportedly said on the phone the former president was very sorry if the allegations were correct, and he highlighted the former president’s age.

Who is President Giscard D’Estaing?

Mr Giscard d’Estaing led his country from 1974 until 1981 and is the longest-living French president in history. During his term he legalised abortion, simplified divorce and lower the voting age to 18.

He currently sits on the country’s Constitutional Council, which examines whether new laws abide by the constitution, and the Académie Française, which protects the French language.

The former president has also written two romantic novels. The second, published in 2009 and entitled The Princess and the President, depicted an affair between the French head of state and the fictional Princess of Cardiff – a character many believe was based on Princess Diana.

Mr Giscard d’Estaing has since insisted the allegations against him are entirely made up. He has two sons with his wife, Anne-Aymone.

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Coronavirus: Bank of England scenario sees biggest annual slump in GDP since 1706

A Bank of England scenario sees UK GDP falling 14% this year and the jobless rate hitting 8% as the coronavirus crisis ravages the economy.

The Bank released its first work on the potential impact of the lockdown measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 as its monetary policy committee left interest rates unchanged at their record low level of 0.1%.

However, two members voted in support of more bond-buying – indicating they felt more support was needed beyond the £645bn of asset purchases, also known as quantitative easing, already targeted by the Bank to boost liquidity.

At the same time, it released what it called an “illustrative scenario” based on the assumption of a gradual easing of the UK lockdown that shuttered scores of businesses from 23 March.

It said the expectation of a 14% decline in economic growth this year was also dependent on significant support from both the Bank and government with cash currently available from a range of schemes to support businesses, employment and wages.

Despite the packages, scores of redundancies have been announced from household names including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Debenhams over the past week.

Official figures next week are expected to confirm negative growth for the economy for the first three months of the year.

The Bank’s projection included a 3% hit between January and March before a 25% decline in GDP in the second quarter.

But the Bank saw a rapid recovery from the slump ahead – as the cogs of the economy gradually picked up pace – with GDP surging by 15% next year.

It said: “The spread of COVID-19 and the measures to contain it are having a significant impact on the United Kingdom and many countries around the world.

“Activity has fallen sharply since the beginning of the year and unemployment has risen markedly.”

It added: “UK households entered this period of economic disruption in a stronger position than they were before the 2008 financial crisis.

“While the policy response will provide substantial support to households, the sharp fall in economic activity will put pressure on some households’ finance.

“We are vigilant to risks that could emerge once payment holiday measures end, including borrowers seeking to refinance in the coming months.”

Economic consequences of virus are unprecedented in modern history
By Ed Conway, economics editor

It’s worth emphasising first off that this is no normal Bank forecast in a few respects.

First, it is a scenario – a plausible path for the economy as opposed to the precise path it thinks is most likely.

Second, the scale of what the Bank is talking about is nearly completely unprecedented. A fall in economic output of 30% in the first half of the year.

Over the calendar year the Bank expects the economy to contract by 14%. To put that into perspective, it is the biggest annual fall since 1706.

The good news is that the Bank expects the economy to bounce back in the following years, reattaining more or less its pre-crisis levels by the second half of 2021.

But along the way they expect unemployment to rise to close to 10% and business investment to fall sharply. In other words the Bank does not expect a significant amount of “scarring” in the coming years.

Nonetheless the scale of the scenario’s falls will underline that the economic consequences of the lockdown are unlike anything anyone alive today has ever experienced before.

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Mountain top: Game of Thrones actor sets deadlift record – The Denver Post

KOPAVOGUR, Iceland — The Mountain is at the top of the deadlift world.

“Game of Thrones” actor Hafthor Bjornsson, who played Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the HBO series, set a deadlift world record by lifting 501 kilograms (1,104 pounds) on Saturday.

Bjornsson, the 2018 World’s Strongest Man, made the successful attempt at Thor’s Power Gym in his native Iceland.

“I believe today I could’ve done more, but what’s the point?” the 31-year-old Bjornsson told ESPN. “I’m happy with this.”

Eddie Hall set the previous record in 2016 at the World Deadlift Championships, with the Englishman lifting 500 kilos (1,102 pounds).

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Colorado’s use of cell data to track coronavirus raises privacy concerns

When Gov. Jared Polis on March 25 implored Coloradans to observe the stay-at-home order he had issued earlier that week, he let slip a tiny detail that’s had privacy experts on edge ever since: The state was relying on cell phone tracking data to determine whether residents were complying.

“We’re also looking at the different data that is available,” Polis said during the press conference update. “Metadata, which means data through data partners that include things like people that are moving around with cell phones, and how much they are moving when people are pinged.”

The aggregate data, Polis said, doesn’t identify individuals and “is helping us analyze whether the steps Colorado has taken to facilitate social distancing are working and whether we are on track to meet our goals.”

It immediately drew a number of responses on Twitter, with allegations of government tracking and secret use of cell phone information many thought to be private.

“I knew it, Orwellian surveillance!” tweeted a Colorado woman. “We’re now on statewide house arrest and they are tracking our movements via our cell phones!” tweeted a man in Colorado Springs.

Since then, Polis has frequently cited data the state is using to make decisions, saying it reflects one trend or another during the COVID-19 crisis, but he has not identified the data, its source or who is compiling it for him.

When asked about it, gubernatorial spokesman Conor Cahill referred The Denver Post to the state health department, which responded to an open-records request by saying it knew nothing of the data or who was working with it, then directed a reporter to the state police. That agency said it had no information either, but eventually said Polis had personally located free cell phone location data on the internet after reading about it in a newspaper article.  The agency sent a statement that said “no one internally is gathering or analyzing the … data on behalf of the governor.”

Later, health department officials told The Post the information was indeed being culled and analyzed on behalf of the governor, but from a group outside state government.

“The (governor’s) Innovation Response Team is using aggregate data to understand the density of people in and around Colorado,” Gabi Johnston, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment joint information center, said in an email to The Post. “This includes (vehicle) traffic data and aggregate mobile phone data.”

The governor created the team to work within the Emergency Operations Center “to bring together public and private sector resources and innovations to the state’s emergency response to the COVID-19 virus,” according to a statement at the time. Part of its focus is to develop mobile and other technologies to help track the spread of the virus and support infected citizens, the statement said.

When pressed by The Post for the source of the cell phone data, Polis’ office then said it was “publicly available Google data” that shows how much interaction is occurring between people in different localities. Google recently announced it was making public anonymized cell phone data to show population movements. Other tech companies that gather or purchase cell phone location data for marketing purposes, such as Unacast, Cuebiq and Ubermedia, have done the same.

Cell phone data from a variety of sources is actually being gathered and filtered for the governor by a team led by at least seven people, several of them high-level corporate executives with information technology companies in Colorado, The Post has learned.

The group, known as Citizen Software Engineers – or simply Citizen Engineers, according to several references within the group’s paperwork and state emails – is the brainchild of Tim Miller, the former CEO and chairman of Rally Software, a Boulder tech company that sold in 2015 for $480 million.

“I started building a volunteer team for the private sector side of the Innovation Response Team the week of March 16,” said Brad Feld, who Polis named to the IRT as well as his Economic Stabilization and Growth Council to help deal with the crisis. “Tim offered to help in any way he could around the COVID crisis.”

Feld and Polis co-founded Techstars in 2006, a company that sought to accelerate investment in early-stage companies and offer mentorship to entrepreneurs. Feld, an investor at Foundry Group, and Miller have a professional and personal history that goes back to Avitek, one of Miller’s earlier tech companies.

Miller, 57, drew together a group, mostly former colleagues and partners at Rally, during a phone call nearly a week before Polis ever uttered the word “metadata” publicly.

“At 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, seven of us hopped on a mystery call at the bequest of Tim Miller,” Rachel Weston Rowell, managing partner and executive and team leadership coach at Trail Ridge in Louisville, wrote on CSE’s website. “Tim laid out a vision for building a volunteer corp(oration) to help the governor’s office and the state of Colorado respond quickly to technical needs in the face of the COVID19 crisis.”

The others on the call included: Ryan Martens, Miller’s partner at Rally and founder of the company; Steph Tanzer, the director of product management at VMware Carbon Black in Lafayette and a former software engineer at Rally; Eric Willeke, former transformation services director at Rally who runs his own Colorado business; and Cody Boggs, former operations engineer at Rally.

Within a week the group attracted more than 120 volunteers and a list of another 600 potential collaborators. All volunteers must sign a strict non-disclosure agreement about the group’s work and the data it acquires.

Polis named Miller to the IRT on March 25, the same day he referred to metadata the state was using.

Miller has refused to discuss the CSE project with The Post, the data sources it uses or how it gets the data, saying: “Our current policy is not to speak with the press, which I know is not helpful.”

Similar requests for comment about the project, how it impacts Colorado or how the government is using the data from the others on Martin’s call that day did not receive a response.

In addition to Google, the information the group relies on comes from a New Mexico company, Descartes Labs, which has made public the mobile phone tracking data it culls from a variety of cell phone applications, according to the state’s Emergency Operations Center. Those apps frequently ask users to allow it to track a phone’s location as part of its process – much like a weather app – but the data is also collected outside the app’s normal use, bundled and then sold, typically to marketing companies.

“There are also several data sources that are available from providers, which aggregate mobile de-identified device data with summaries about various movement measures,” Elizabeth Kosar, a public relations volunteer with the group, wrote in an email to The Post. “The information complements the CDOT data to provide additional aggregate information regarding mobility in states and our communities.”

Descartes Labs did not respond to Denver Post emails seeking comment.

Companies can track individual movements to as close as 10 feet and use the information to help with business plans, target marketing and other related products, according to Gladys Kong, CEO of Ubermedia in Pasadena, which has provided similar information to officials in New York and California.

“If you see too many people at the beach, for instance, maybe there should be a warning to disperse them,” Kong said of the data’s usefulness to government during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The information can come from apps such as for weather, navigation, radio, gaming, messenger or dating. It’s a very wide variety.”

That an individual’s movements can be tracked so easily is disconcerting to privacy experts.

“Clearly you want the weather app to use your location to give you relevant weather information,” said Bernard Chao, a professor at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. “But you might not want them to sell it to a data aggregator to use for other purposes.”

Much of the issue lies with apps that require the permission if the consumer wants to use it, Chao said.

“In the United States, if you don’t say yes, you don’t get the service,” Chao said. “In Europe, there is separate consent. The data is automatically used for essential purposes of the app, but they separately need your consent for these non-essential purposes such as tracking for marketing purposes.”

Amnesty International warned that what appears innocuous and in the interest of public health can quickly turn when the crisis subsides.

“In the name of combatting the disease, some governments are rushing to expand their use of surveillance technologies to track individuals and even entire populations,” the organization said in a statement. “If left unchecked and unchallenged, these measures have the potential to fundamentally alter the future of privacy and other human rights.”

Polis’ office said the information has been helpful.

“Crowdsourced data and applications are making a positive difference across the world,” Polis spokeswoman Shelby Wieman said in an email. “So many engineers and programmer volunteers have been very helpful in addressing the needs of the state.”

On March 23, a day after the mystery call, a private non-profit corporation was formed, Citizen Engineers for COVID-19, out of Martin’s home in Boulder, Colorado corporation records show. The non-profit is the controlling entity of CSE, which is its trade name, those records show.

The non-profit’s board members were Miller, his wife, Jerri Miller, and Elizabeth Miller, whose relationship to Tim Miller is unclear. That changed on April 8 when the group changed its name to Innovation Response Volunteers Inc., and Jerri and Elizabeth were replaced with Feld and Chad Varra, the former vice president of finance at Rally

Corporation papers declare the non-profit was formed “in response to a direct request from the Colorado governor’s office to engage, lead, plan and develop rapid-response technology initiatives to help combat COVID-19 threats in Colorado.”

Additionally, it is to “coordinate mitigation and suppression efforts” among a variety of private companies including technology firms “to facilitate technology-based solutions” to assist Polis’ Innovation Response Team.

“It’s a volunteer organization that is doing work for free,” Feld explained. “Since we have expenses associated with things like software licenses, it made sense to organize as a non-profit so we could raise philanthropic funding.”

The group has no official agreement detailing its obligations to the state.

“IRV is writing software and donating it to the State of Colorado,” Kosar said in an email to The Post. “All volunteers and staff working on behalf of the unified coordination group and State of Colorado must follow all state and CDPS policies and procedures.”

The group’s website – citizensoftwareengineers.org – was created March 24, and lays out the projects it supports, including social distance monitoring. What the website doesn’t say, however, is what data it’s using, instead declaring it is “integrating data sources” and “leveraging private and public data sources.”

“We are using (Colorado Department of Transportation) data from the state system,” Feld explained to The Post. “We are evaluating several other data sources in demo and trial instances.”

Deep inside the group’s website were details that indicated the data usage might not be limited to just COVID-19 analysis.

“We may additionally create products or services for third parties, including government entities,” the group’s website said in its privacy rules. It includes a laundry list of personal information it collects and can reuse, including registration information, social media interactions, cell phone data and computer browser habits.

“We may use your Personal Information to engage in other legitimate purposes as required or permitted by applicable law,” the policy read. “We may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of our business or assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a business transaction.”

On April 10, following Denver Post inquiries, the group made material changes to its website.

“The analysis conducted by IRV is produced for use exclusively by the State of (Colorado),” Kosar said in an email. “We have since updated our policy to remove all references to ‘selling’ of data, as we are not a commercial venture and will not use data in a commercialized manner. IRV exists solely to serve the public good during this critical time.”

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Coronavirus: More than 90% of UK airliners grounded as travel demand plummets

More than 90% of passenger airliners in the UK have been grounded as demand for air travel has plummeted, Sky News can reveal.

EasyJet has become the latest airline to ground its entire fleet of aircraft, while Ryanair has warned it can’t rule out a complete shutdown over the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways, has grounded 75% of its aircraft. More than 327 airliners belonging to the group have been parked in storage without a single flight for the past seven days, according to aviation analytics company Cirium.

Wizz Air, the Budapest headquartered airline that flies to 10 destinations in the UK, is operating 7% of its original scheduled capacity – utilising just 19 out of its entire fleet of 121 Airbus aircraft.

Low cost airline and package holiday provider Jet2.com has not operated a single flight over the past seven days on 93 aircraft. The company currently flies 110 airliners.

Data from Cirium also showed more than 40% of the global passenger jet fleet was now in storage – inactive for at least seven days – leaving just over 15,000 available.

It also showed a sharp increase in the number of aircraft placed in storage in the month of March as airlines around the world desperately try to trim costs.

Flight numbers have fallen to a trickle globally as international air travel responds to a collapse in demand and restrictions on movement.

Earlier this month, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Office is advised against all non-essential worldwide travel for a period of 30 days.

The UK government has ruled out a support package but promised to work with individual airlines should they seek help.

Scottish regional airline Loganair has indicated it will do just that.

Flight information specialist OAG said the aviation industry was now less than half the size reported in mid-January.

It noted that 30% of global flight capacity was lost over the past week alone, with BA losing 72% to date.

Only KLM has lost more in Europe (73%).

Globally, the US, China, UK and India had the most number of airliners grounded.

Middle East-based Emirates said it been brought to a “sudden and painful halt” by the coronavirus pandemic as it too grounded majority of its passenger flights.

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Coronavirus: ‘Third of UK harvest may go to waste’ due to COVID-19 travel ban

A third of this summer’s food harvest could go to waste on British farms because of a chronic shortage of migrant labour caused by the coronavirus outbreak, charities and farmers are warning.

UK farms and food producers rely on a migrant workforce of 60,000 to 70,000 seasonal labourers mainly drawn from eastern European countries including Romania, Bulgaria and Poland.

Within weeks, fruit and vegetable crops will need harvesting but travel restrictions across Europe and the UK, imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19, mean it may prove impossible to recruit overseas staff.

Farm labour charity Concordia, which sources seasonal labourers for British farms, says it is “desperately worried” about the impact on the UK harvest, and warned that UK workers will not fill the gap.

Chief executive Stephanie Maurel told Sky News: “We are extremely worried about what that means for the whole system.

“If there are 90,000 jobs in our sector, that’s usually 60,000 people that might do six weeks here and there, picking strawberries, asparagus, potatoes and so on.

“That’s at least 60,000 jobs, 60,000 people that we desperately need that we won’t find in the UK.”

Concordia is in negotiations with the Romanian and UK governments about providing dedicated flights for some seasonal workers, and is running a campaign called Feed The Nation, encouraging British workers to apply for vacancies.

But Ms Maurel warned that was unlikely to fill the gap, in part because of the government measures announced to cushion the economic impact of the virus.

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