May 26, 2020

Future Tools: DECODE

Future Tools: DECODE

People should have greater agency and control over their data. Can the collection and use of data be democratized? Can a democratic society collect and use data responsibly, and with the consent of citizens? Can people have greater access and input on how their data is used and why?

May 25, 2020

We need narratives, not numbers

We need narratives, not numbers

One of the elements sorely missing from this current pandemic induced crisis are better stories. In our obsession with data, and our focus on numbers, we’re missing the larger role of narrative. Without narrative, we remain lost in the wilderness of confusion and chaos.

May 13, 2020

Future Tools: Ghost

Future Tools: Ghost

Ghost is what’s called a “headless content management system.” A headless CMS further separates content from delivery, enabling that content to be displayed or distributed in a wide range of forms or methods.

May 12, 2020

The need for better public health education

The need for better public health education

The missing link in this crisis is effective public health education. We ought to double down on our belief that the answer is earning the trust and consent of people, rather than demanding their obedience.

Apr 28, 2020

Future Fibre: Gig City and the continent's fastest internet

Future Fibre: Gig City and the continent's fastest internet

In today’s issue of Future Fibre, let’s take a look at one of the most celebrated and successful stories, EPB, or the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga Tennessee, providers of what may be the world’s fastest residential Internet service, at a blazing 10 Gbit/s.

Apr 24, 2020

Future Tools: ProtonMail

Future Tools: ProtonMail

Email remains a pillar of our society. A generally reliable and stable tool, that we generally take for granted. ProtonMail is a great example of email backed by strong encryption.

Apr 22, 2020

Resilience in the face of adversity

Resilience in the face of adversity

Move fast and break things? Is that not the pandemic strategy we’re now seeing in action? Of all the buzzwords from the pre-pandemic world, disruption may be one of the few that remains constant and demonstrates longevity. It remains a desirable ability, a force to understand, and a process to heed.

Apr 15, 2020

Future Fibre: Kaslo infoNet Society

Future Fibre: Kaslo infoNet Society

In the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, KiN, or the Kaslo infoNet Society, has been able to provide high speed broadband Internet to residents at reasonable prices.

Apr 1, 2020

Future Tools: Jitsi

Future Tools: Jitsi

Jitsi is a set of open-source projects that allows you to easily build and deploy secure videoconferencing solutions. At the heart of Jitsi are Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet, which let you have conferences on the internet.

Mar 24, 2020

Future Tools: BigBlueButton

Future Tools: BigBlueButton

Based out of Ottawa, BigBlueButton (BBB) was initially developed at Carleton University in 2008. It was designed to create a free and open source alternative to proprietary collaborative web conferencing, as well as easily integrate into other learning platforms and software.