Mastercard's technology helps immunize the world's poorest children

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Mastercard’s main business is providing payments card technology, but it turns out that the same tech can be used for much higher purposes: saving lives in some of the poorest countries in the world.

The big picture: Thanks to a partnership between Mastercard and Gavi, the global vaccination alliance, children will be given a "digital birth certificate" that looks a lot like a standard credit card. That card can then be taken into any clinic, which will be able to see exactly which vaccinations the child has received and which shots are still needed.

NYC announces cybersecurity investment

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to boost the city's cybersecurity market by tapping into its large student population and harnessing new investment.

Why it matters: While New York is overflowing with students, there's still a nationwide cybersecurity workforce shortage. De Blasio hopes to increase the number of cybersecurity jobs in New York City by 10,000 in a decade to help secure its major economic engines such as finance and retail sectors, which are prime cyberattack targets.

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