Weeknote 42/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #279 was entitled ‘Nothing like a nap…’ You can also try my Thought Shrapnel Live! channel on Telegram where I post links as I come across them. Thank you to valued supporters!
Recording and releasing Episode 90 (‘Unscripted and uncensored’) of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast, which I record with Dai Barnes. This week, we discussed the key to successful organisations, Doug’s new censorship-resistant blog, calming technology,…

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New blog: Doug, uncensored | Doug Belshaw

TL;DR: Head to uncensored.dougbelshaw.com or http://bit.ly/doug-uncensored for my new blog about freedom and decentralised technologies.

One of the great things about the internet, and one of the things I think we’re losing is the ability to experiment. I like to experiment with my technologies, my identity, and my belief systems. This flies in the face of services like Facebook that insist on a single ‘real’ identity while slowly deskill their users.

I’ve been messing about with ZeroNet, which is something I’ve mentioned before, and which gets close to something I’ve wanted now for quite some…

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Weeknote 41/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Caught up in the pro-unity, anti-separatist demonstrations in Catalonia. It was all family-friendly, and very good natured. An experience I won’t forget! My father and I also visited Gaudi’s incredible, unfinished Sagrada Família, the Nou Camp, and various other places in Barcelona over the weekend.
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #278 was entitled ‘Sí, Barcelona!’. Why not check out my Thought Shrapnel Live! channel on Telegram where I post links as I come across them. My …

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Weeknote 40/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #277 was entitled ‘GIF it up’. I send all of the links that end up in the newsletter (and more!) to the Thought Shrapnel Live! channel on Telegram. You can support this work by becoming a valued supporter.
Tweaking the website prototype I’ve put together for 6th Morpeth Scouts during a meeting with leaders. GitHub really does make it easy to change things on the fly, and capture issues for further development.  I also helped the Scouts last weekend…

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Decentralised technologies mean censorship-resistant websites | Doug Belshaw

As I write this, I’m in an apartment in Barcelona, after speaking and running a workshop at an event.

On Sunday, there was a vote for Catalonian independence. It went ahead due to the determination of teachers (who kept schools open as voting centres), the bravery of firemen and Catalan police (who resisted Spanish police), and… technology.

As I mentioned in the first section of my presentation on Wednesday, I’m no expert on Spanish politics, but I am very interested in the Catalonian referendum from a technological point of view. Not only did the Spanish government take a heavy-handed…

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Future Infrastructure, Future Skills, Future Mindsets (ALL DIGITAL Summit, October 2017) | Doug Belshaw

Slides: https://goo.gl/tVCvb9

Today I’m presenting at the ALL DIGITAL Summit in Barcelona. It’s in the aftermath of the Catalan referendum on independence that was held at the weekend and, indeed, there was a general strike yesterday in protest at the way the Spanish government dealt with the whole affair.

This is by way of context to my presentation, which initially was going to feature the ‘social cooling’ effects of surveillance society – especially when it comes to so-called ‘Smart Cities’. Instead, I decided to re-focus on the technologies used by the Catalan separatists to allow…

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Weeknote 39/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #276 was entitled ‘Falling into Autumn’. A reminder that all the links for the newsletter (and more!) go out via the Thought Shrapnel Live! channel on Telegram. Virtual fist bumps are given regularly to those who have become valued supporters.
Recording and releasing Episode 88 (‘Sweating the Small Stuff’) of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast, which I record with Dai Barnes. This week, we discussed why your user community needs a Code…

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