Friday, March 13, 2020

The best, and the worst, of the coronavirus dashboards

This is a topical subject, coronavirus (or Covid-19) dashboards that visualise the outbreak in your city, country, continent or the globe. Neel V. Patel. writing for the MIT Technology Review has collated a list of the best, and the worst, of the coronavirus dashboards. Take a look.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Vienna Manifesto on Digital Humanism

My colleague Cris Calude brought the Vienna Manifesto on Digital Humanism to my attention. It states that: “The system is failing – stated by the founder of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee – emphasizes that while digitalization opens unprecedented opportunities, it also raises serious concerns: the monopolization of the Web, the rise of extremist opinions and behaviour orchestrated by social media, the formation of filter bubbles and echo chambers as islands of disjoint truths, the loss of privacy, and the spread of digital surveillance. Digital technologies are disrupting societies and questioning our understanding of what it means to be human. The stakes are high and the challenge of building a just and democratic society with humans at the centre of technological progress needs to be addressed with determination as well as scientific ingenuity. Technological innovation demands social innovation, and social innovation requires broad societal engagement."
Go to their website where you can read their manifesto and sign to support it.