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futuribile / curating futures - Issue #3

Aloha, And welcome to the new subscribers! I am doing a lot of back on forth between Italy and Franc
April 11 · Issue #3 · View online
futuribile / curating futures
And welcome to the new subscribers!
I am doing a lot of back on forth between Italy and France in this period, which included presenting at the NGI Speak event in Milan end of March, attending the Freelance Fair and experiencing in first person the new business model introduced by BlaBlaCar, the BlaBlaPass. The latter replaces individual travel fees with a subscription fee, quite good for frequent travelers like me, but a good example of how the Digital Single Market is - alas - still far. The service indeed is available only on the Italian platform, which besides the language proposes exactly the same trips and user experience as the French one: bilingual people living close to borders switch indiscriminately between the two. If I can use my French bank account for payments on the Italian platform, why shouldn’t I use the BlaBlaPass when searching for lifts in French?  🤔 Digital nomads problems. #EuropeHelp!
Enjoy the reading!

Blockchain ta mère
How to validate with 6 easy questions if your amazing/disruptive/supadupa ideas need a blockchain.
First blockchain university.
Cryptocurrencies money laundering hypothesis debunked.
Reading list
Food for thought. We assume ‘data about me’ are data I own. But many personal data are created through interactions with other people or services — if I have a relationship with somebody, who owns those data? A better question is what right to privacy does each of us have?
BTW, this is all the data Google and Facebook have about you.
Closing the data gap: why a better understanding of data is crucial for gender equality.
Scientific results today are as often as not found with the help of computers. And yet by far, the most popular tool we have for communicating these results is the PDF—literally a simulation of a piece of paper. What would you get if you designed the scientific paper from scratch today? An amazing long-read about the obsolescence of papers as media.
 “…But I cannot shake some inherent discomfort with the thought that an algorithm might understand patterns of mortality better than most humans.” Animals can sense death. What if an algorithm could predict death and be employed in hospitals?
The OECD brings some optimism in the ‘robots will steal our jobs’ discussion.  Still, inequalities in automation are a huge problem.
The Internet original sin: you give us intimate personal data, and we give you magical services for free. 
50 shades of boredness: don’t get mislead by Generation Z close relationship with smartphones.
 The Chinese feminists’ way to avoid censorship. 💪 Maybe in Europe we should start reconsidering our vision of Chinese population’s passivity about personal data: they want control in protecting their privacy, and Baidu founder has triggered an online uproar after suggesting Chinese people are happy to give up their data privacy.
Filters can create more problems for EU citizens than the ones they are supposed to solve. The latest Julia Reda’s one EU Copyright Reform. 
Evolution, not revolution: the future of EU research and innovation funding programmes in the words of Jean-Eric Paquet (Moedas’ successor).
“The shift to driverless cars requires everyone from automakers to consumers, insurers to planners and officials at all levels of government to work together. Being proactive about guiding this technological change is essential. Rather than waiting until it happens or leaving it for the last minute, now is the time for education, thoughtful discussion and planning.”
Another perspective about the Cambridge Analytica scandal: wake up, a majority of wishful thinkers are not always right.
The Dubai Future Academy reading list.

Slack engagement against mansplaining.  
That’s all, thanks for reading.
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