UK Labour “closer scrutiny of algorithms” will be useless. If you are lucky

It looks like the UK Labour party will soon call for closer scrutiny of tech firms and their algorithms. If all goes well, it just won’t work, and that will the end of it. Otherwise, it will be really bad. Continue reading UK Labour “closer scrutiny of algorithms” will be useless. If you are lucky

POSS 2016, from Open Hardware to “Open divorce” (*) and formats

I enjoyed OSSPARIS 16

Last week, I presented the current status of the EU-funded research I am working on these days, that is DiDIY (Digital DIY), at the Paris Open Source Summit. I have already reported about that side of the conference on the DiDIY blog, but I found many more interesting things at POSS 2016. Continue reading POSS 2016, from Open Hardware to “Open divorce” (*) and formats

The future of ODF, XML and office suites in Public Administrations

Last week I attended the Paris Open Source Summit, were I saw things as interesting and diverse as autonomous tractors, Open Source legal support and “degooglized Internet” visions. Please read that other post to know more. Here, I am only going to describe one other moment of POSS 2016, about two other arguments I care a lot about, and on which I wouldn’t mind working again, even if these days I am mostly busy with Digital DIY. Continue reading The future of ODF, XML and office suites in Public Administrations

Core values? Even software, file formats and servers transmit them

the Core Values program

On November 4th, 2016, I was invited to attend the Conference by the Pontifical Lateran University on “Core Values – The Transmission of Values in Digital Age”. I was very happy to go, because I’ve been studying the relations between Catholicism and (open) digital technologies for more than ten years now (see links below). I have listed in a separate post the most interesting things I was happy to hear at the Core Values conference. Here, instead, I’d like to mention, and explain, the things that I did not find in the event. Continue reading Core values? Even software, file formats and servers transmit them

Things I heard at the “Core Values” conference

On November 4th, 2016, the Pontifical Lateran University held a conference on “Core Values – The Transmission of Values in Digital Age”. Radio Vaticana already published an official summary that explains how participants spent the day “posing hard questions to each other about the values that will best inform and sustain a coherent vision of integral human development in changing times” under the guide of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato si’“. This post, instead, is only a selection of the “quotable quotes” (from my handwritten notes, my apologies in advance for any error!) that I found most relevant, at least from the crucial point of view that Continue reading Things I heard at the “Core Values” conference

Gmail Buddy, aka “The Internet of Things we do NOT need”

an Internet of Things that we definitely don't need

there is a project, over at Seeed, that is a good example of a really (too) large category of projects that I really do not get. At least, I don’t get why they should have anything like “smart” or “smarter” in their name. I’m talking of Continue reading Gmail Buddy, aka “The Internet of Things we do NOT need”

Light Saver, a nice project… that should be explained better

turn-it-offVedant Desai is a “Smart Fifth Grader Football Player” who just invented a “Light Saver” device that is “guaranteed to save you energy” because it “reminds you to turn off your light before you leave your room”. I would like to congratulate Vedant for his skills and creativity, but I also have a suggestion for him (and for LittleBits): Continue reading Light Saver, a nice project… that should be explained better