Trip report: Open Data in Skopje

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited at the first National Open Government Partnership Forum in Skopje, Macedonia, for the panel titled “OGP-related Initiatives at the Local Level – Comparative Perspectives”. Here’s a short trip report, complete of link to my slides. Continue reading

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Friendly reminder to people who still don’t understand email

The ubiquitousness of no-brain-required social networks and mobile apps has made many people forget, or never learn, a boring truth of digital life: a LOT non-ephemeral online communication still happens via less glamorous, but much more effective tools like email and mailing list. This can have unintended consequences. Continue reading

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I don’t get Uber labeling, or Uber drivers expectations

I must be missing something. Seriously. Please explain it to me. First, I don’t get how Uber is still called or classified, or more exactly why so many people seem to continue to let Uber or anybody else get away with it. Second, I don’t get titles and posters like these about “Uber strikes” or “Uber unfairness”. Continue reading

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On the percloud, one year later

One year ago I launched a proposal, with related fundraiser, for an alternative to Facebook, Gmail and similar services really usable by normal people, the percloud. That fundraiser did not succeed, which is no problem at all for me, because I do have many other things to do. I am writing this post only because I believe that something like the percloud is still sorely needed, and the sooner anybody does it, the better. Seriously. Here’s why. Continue reading

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On people offended when asked not to use Facebook, and who will die first

In December 2013 I came across something I still consider yet another proof of two things: first, much trust in the actual competence of many “digital savvy” Internet users is misplaced; second, many of the proposed alternatives to current social networks are trying to solve the wrong problem. Continue reading

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Digital innovation or Biourbanism? Both, of course!

(this is the translation of the final part of an article I published on the italian Pionero Web magazine in April 2014. The first part is available here)

The official definition of Biourbanism starts with the focus on “the urban organism, considering it as a hypercomplex system, according to its internal and external dynamics and their mutual interactions.”

In practice, as an almost total ignorant when it comes to architecture, urbanism, psychology and the like, I understand this to mean Continue reading

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Semi-random thoughts (and some motivations) about innovation and digital technology

(this is a partial translation of an article I published on the italian Pionero Web magazine in April 2014. The second part will come tomorrow)

Several of my publications and projects come, among other things, from these considerations (which of course I am not the only one to have made!): Continue reading

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