Yeeaah 🤩, Dutchies are getting hyped about ice skating on 'real ice' or #natuurijs as we call it here! In the pictures are Gary Hekman and Irene Schouten, our champions marathon ice skating! Gary became the Dutch national champion in Enschede last year, and Irene has won every Dutch Championship of the ice skating marathon since 2016!
Of course, the debate about the pandemic immediately arises. I think the mental health benefits for everyone watching from home will easily outweigh the risks ;-)
A video showcasing the #studentteamstwente!
I'd like to add the Twente Hacking Squad: https://www.utwente.nl/en/eemcs/scs/ths/
That was great! I hosted an *unconference* session in #Outlier2021 =)
With 49 participants, we had an interesting discussion on how we can improve data literacy. We talked about education, misinformation, objectivity vs subjectivity and much more!
I think it’s an important part of the broader task to improve ‘digital literacy’. Empowering people will be an important factor in reducing inequality in our increasingly digital society, and an essential factor for having a functional democracy.
A nice article by @waag on the Signal Switch:
Exactly how I feel about it:
"As we do find better apps, we can add to their value by using them, and by encouraging others to do the same. "
They also refer to their Public Stack project: https://publicstack.net/
Which was actually part of @aral last Small is Beautiful stream, where Sander van der Waal (Waags research director) was invited to talk about it.
The Small is Beautiful episode: https://small-tech.org/videos/small-is-beautiful-05/
Very excited for #Outlier2021 :D
An amazing speaker lineup:
I'm hosting an *unconference* session myself on how to improve data literacy =)
Currently live: Caroline Goulard from https://dataveyes.com/, on: "The Power of Data Viz Over Black Boxes"
An interesting insight:
"Technology is still designed to limit us instead of empower us"
-> this is exactly why I am not very enthusiastic about the covid-tracing app: https://youtu.be/nZiB2cKiXa4?t=1622
Genocide and systematic rape
"You may find some of the details in this story distressing."
I do. That's why I share it.
"Some of the women who were taken away from the cells at night were never returned, Ziawudun said. Those who were brought back were threatened against telling others in the cell what had happened to them."
... "rape was common" and the guards "picked the girls and young women they wanted and took them away".
What the HELL?
I'm looking for a nice gifts for relations, like speakers at events or members that have contributd a lot. I would like it to be useful for anyone, but preferably related to global warming / social cooling. Any ideas?
My favourites that I have are the first aid kit from Chipsoft, webcam covers (I'm always reminded about the company Motiv by looking at my webcamcover) and the screwdriver package by Liander, which is just very convenient to have :)
*Sigh*. The element.io app is removed from Google Play. These kind of things, as well as the Signal outage, are not helping efforts to help people switch to better messaging alternatives. It is a nice illustration of centralisation of power though.