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Embraco, firing people to make in a cheaper country the SAME, WRONG appliances

Hundred of Embraco workers will very likely lose their jobs soon, because that company is moving production of its fridge compressors to Slovakia. Italian media, politicians and unions are (rightly) talking a lot of those workers. Almost nobody, however, is discussing what KIND of fridges and compressors should be produced, by Embraco or anybody else.

Open Source home appliances!

If you can only fund one project this year, please put this in your short list:

Of high-tech companies, and fablab potential in Trivandrum

Last month I visited Trivandrum for the Swatantra17 Conference. I already wrote about that event, but I saw more in Trivandrum.

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

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I enjoyed POSS2016 in Paris

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.

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

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Forget fablabs and makerspaces! Who ELSE is promoting Digital DIY in Europe? /img/didiy-logo.png

As 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:

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.