Article: Urban life and civic action in ‘smart’ cities

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Urban life and civic action in ‘smart’ cities

Undoing Optimization explores how city life has been reconfigured by our use and our expectations of communication, data and technologies which use sensors to acquire information, often offering real-time monitoring. The book looks at all three of these kinds of systems, highlighting how their introduction into cities has produced new dynamics around rights, access and civic action. It reminds us that data is not costless, not free from power imbalances and not ahistorical.

The process of technological optimization configures citizenship as an action that, in its ideal form, contributes data to processes that streamline effective delivery of services. This narrows what citizenship becomes, and also intensifies the tendency towards operation decision-making being based on what data is available, and which kinds of outcomes are easiest and most logical to produce.

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Article: Digital Currency: The Future Of Your Money

Money, Open Governance, Standards

Digital Currency: The Future Of Your Money

Digital currency has the potential to completely change how society thinks about money. The rise of Bitcoin, Ethereum and thousands of other cryptocurrencies that exist only in electronic form has led global central banks to research how national digital currencies might work.

Digital currency is any currency that’s available exclusively in electronic form. Electronic versions of currency already predominate most countries’ financial systems. In the U.S., for instance, the physical U.S. currency in circulation is only about one-tenth of the overall money supply; the remainder is held in various bank deposits in electronic form.

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Article: Free mental health toolkit released by event industry associations

Cures, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Free mental health toolkit released by event industry associations

The Association of Event Venues (AEV), Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) have announced that their members’ “heads up” well-being toolkit has been made available to the public as a free resource.

This mental health toolkit, a regularly updated library of resources, advice and further help, was released in February 2020, but was only available to members of the three associations. In light of the pandemic, and the pressure on the country’s mental health, the associations have jointly agreed to make the resource freely accessible to the public.

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Article: Mayastor is fastest open source storage, Intel says. So where are the numbers?

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Mayastor is fastest open source storage, Intel says. So where are the numbers?

Intel declares “OpenEBS Mayastor is the fastest open source storage for Kubernetes,” but the documentation lacks any details that could allow comparison with other Kubernetes storage products suchs open source Ceph and Gluster or proprietary Portworx and StorageOS.

Mayastor, like Portworx, is an example of container-attached storage (CAS). The idea behind container-attached storage is that the storage controllers are orchestrated by Kubernetes – just like it orchestrates containers – as opposed to via a link to an external array.

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Article: New Open Innovation Forum

Cures, Innovation, Open Health, Open Space, Procedures (Medical)

New Open Innovation Forum

Virttu Biologics Limited, a UK biotechnology company with expertise in the field of oncolytic viruses, has announced the launch of the Virttu REPLICATE™ Open Innovation Forum. Accessible to researchers in institutes and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, the REPLICATE Open Innovation Forum aims to stimulate development of new oncology combination therapies by providing access to Virttu’s oncolytic virus, SEPREHVIR™ (HSV1716).

According to Virttu CEO Steven Powell, there are many benefits to potential partners in joining Virttu REPLICATE Open Innovation Forum: “In recent years we have been approached regularly by research groups interested in investigating the use of SEPREHVIR™ in oncology indications, either as a monotherapy or in combination with other treatment modalities.

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