Germany: Interrupted adoption Germany had to stop and restart its digital contact tracing effort. The government launched a contact tracing app based on technology developed by a European initiative. However, a highly critical open letter from multiple experts raised fears of state surveillance because the data were stored centrally, and Apple refused to allow its iPhone operating system to work with it. As a result, the German government abandoned the centralized model for an Apple-Google-compliant decentralized alternative. … [Read more...] about Digital contact tracing won’t save Americans from COVID-19
COVID-19 has made online learning the mainstream overnight. From schools to colleges to tutorials, teachers are adapting to the new normal -- some by choice, some because of the lack of choice. As a result, online teaching has become one of the most important skills to acquire during the pandemic. … [Read more...] about Online teaching is hot skill now, but what does it take to get there?
Capitalism/capitalizing “I was never the one to waste time. So, I figured out pretty quick that I could do music from the standpoint of [songwriting]—not more so falling in love with the artist part of it, but the idea that, hold up, producers and songwriters get what again?! And most people can take capitalism and think of it just one way. The second meaning to that is to capitalize on your talent or whatever it is that you’re good at. That’s a version of capitalism, too—finding that thing inside yourself that you know you’re great at and overexpose it. Don’t leave it sitting in there waiting until you’re 49, like, ‘Ah man, you know what I should have did? I should have started a cupcake factory.’ Yeah, it’s too late now. It’s over.” … [Read more...] about Inside the no-sleep hustle of Grammy-winning songwriter The-Dream
Comparisons to the romanticized cultural memory of charismatic leadership in the civil rights movement devalues the hard work of today’s activists—as well as those who worked hard outside of the limelight in the earlier movement. Social change—then and now—derives from a critical mass of local work throughout the nation. Those who cannot find leaders in this movement are not looking hard enough. … [Read more...] about Why the current protest movement has (and needs) many different leaders