How Wikipedia pages influence the real-world

How Wikipedia pages influence the real-world

The other day I went down a rabbit hole about Wikipedia’s real-world impact. The conversation was originally around women’s presence on Wikipedia and what could be done to increase it, since like it or not, Wikipedia is a fundamental source of information, so...
The Ofqual case: a precedent for protesting algorithms?

The Ofqual case: a precedent for protesting algorithms?

Hundreds of A-level students in the UK protested on August 16 in Parliament Square and outside the Department for Education against the downgrading of exam results. Their “Fuck the algorithm” motto was directed against the ADMS that downgraded the 35.6% of...
Smart billboards: the real-life cookie

Smart billboards: the real-life cookie

Clear Channel is bringing its smart billboards to Europe (in the US they are active since 2016). They use anonymised mobile phone data to give advertisers better insights on where to place street billboards and follow up on consumer behaviour. The company claims they...
Prosume wins the Blockchains for Social Good Prize

Prosume wins the Blockchains for Social Good Prize

You know I am a blockchain-hype skeptic, but last year I had the chance to collaborate with a company active in the energy industry, Prosume, which makes reasonable use of blockchain. Its objective is facilitating the transition to renewables, as well as the prosumers...