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

Forget fablabs and makerspaces! Who ELSE is promoting Digital DIY in Europe?

Digital DIY projectAs some of you may already know, these days I also work in the H2020 research project “Digital DIY”, a world of which 3D printing is only the most fashionable part, but not the biggest, nor the most important. Among other things, right now we’d need to know something that is pretty hard to discover without local (meaning: yours!) assistance, because it is “hidden” behind many different languages and layers of burocratic structures and inertia: Continue reading Forget fablabs and makerspaces! Who ELSE is promoting Digital DIY in Europe?

Citizen cloud thoughts, after fOSSa 2015

I had (at least) three big reasons to be at the fOSSa 2015 conference, a couple of weeks ago. Two already covered elsewhere and one, “Citizen Cloud: Towards a more decentralized internet?”, that deserves its own separate post. Continue reading Citizen cloud thoughts, after fOSSa 2015

Trip report: Open Data in Skopje

skopje

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 Trip report: Open Data in Skopje

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