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How did we get to now – building Covid19 app Digital Privacy catastrophy one tech brick at a time

Overview  The decade between 2010 and 2020 saw the convergence of three previously separate tracks – physical world monitoring, Internet technologies, and law/policy – to create a privacy disaster. There were still a few wins: Britain, as part of the ...

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Sri Lanka’s digital boom under Lockdown 

Niki Gomez, a co-founder of Cybersalon.org moved back to her homebase of Sri Lanka, after 25 years in the UK. Sri Lanka went into lockdown on 20 March 2020. Following a Work from Home week, the government suddenly announced that ...

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What Covid App UK and French Minitel have in common?

On a recent online meeting of London Futurists we examined UK CovidApp and it’s chances of getting us back to work faster. David Wood, Dean Bubley, Suki Fuller, Wendy Grossman and many others contributed to the discussions with their deep ...

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What are games for? – Douglas Rushkoff on Games for Good 3.0

Dr Richard Barbrook interviewed Douglas Rushkoff at Newspeak House for Cybersalon Tend & Befriend Games For Good 3.0 Douglas Rushkoff is the author of “Cyberia” a seminal book that came out in 1994 and gave a dystopian glimpse of the future ...

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Track and trace or duck and dive – Covid19 surveillance apps

Covid19 has brought us pain and suffering but also a huge number of new words and phrases. One of them is Syndromic Surveillance. It’s a new one for me, although this term has been around for a few years now, ...

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Three Lockdowns and a case of home-brew vodka 

The UK pandemic lockdown is the first lockdown in Britain in living memory. But for many UK residents like me, brought up in Eastern Europe in the 70ties , this is the third lockdown in our lifetime.  My first was ...

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Coronavirus Tech Handbook

A crowdsourced resource for technologists building things related to the coronavirus outbreak – link In this uncertain times, when social distancing is all the rage and the only method of preventing a disease rampant across the world, ironically all the ...

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Privacy matters – Net.Wars by Wendy Gorssman

Sometime last week, Laurie Garrett, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Coming Plague, proposed a thought experiment to her interviewer on MSNBC. She had been describing the lockdown procedures in place in China, and mulling how much more limited actions ...

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Make your town Flourish! Why we made a board game to discuss local economic policy ideas.

Authors Jenni Lloyd, Rosalyn Old and Angharad Dalton Originally posted on nesta.org.uk You have 50 minutes to introduce a group of 36 conference delegates to your work on local economics, community ownership, community wealth building, the commons and community wellbeing. ...

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The night of chaos and mince pies at Wikipedia UK General Election 2019 edit night

What is Wikipedia editathon? A gathering of Wiki editors for a live edit session, sometimes overnight, with some contributors attending in-person, while others monitor and improve pages remotely from home. We are a sociable bunch so it is motivating to ...

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