Author Archives: marco

About marco

Author of the Digital Citizens Basics online course. Freelance writer, speaker and trainer specialized in Free Software, digital rights, impact of digital technologies on culture, environment, economy and civil rights.

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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How many Christians will participate to DFD2014?

The title says it all. The Document Freedom Day “celebrates the importance of Open Standards for all electronic documents, whether public or private”. And these are the reasons why all Catholics, and all Christians in general, should promote this kind of event and take an active part in it: Continue reading

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When Open Data meets Show and Tell

(this is a proposal for a talk and related workshop that I submitted for a conference that took place in autumn 2013. The proposal was accepted but eventually didn’t happen due to lack of funding for travel expenses. Since the idea is not tied to that specific event in any way, here it is) Continue reading

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