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Hi, everyone! I'm a PhD student in bioengineering, and I love designing and building hardware+software tools. For my thesis, I'm studying challenges and strategies for open-source medical devices for global health equity: how might platforms and communities be built to support cooperative production of medical devices appropriate for local contexts, all the way from invention to implementation?

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The Turing Way, a mildly opinionated guide to good practice in now has a chapter on ethics! 🚀 Take a look!

The whole project is community-driven, openly licensed and collaborative, so if you see any gaps pitch in! ❤️

the-turing-way.netlify.app/eth

Meanwhile, every time I start Mendeley Desktop I see this notification: "Mendeley will be performing planned maintenance between 6:00am to 10:00am UTC on 21st of April 2021, we do not expect any outage or disruption of service during the maintenance window." Clearly one hand isn't talking to the other, but I guess I'll switch to Zotero after this, it'll just be a question of how painful it'll be.

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Mendeley completely wiped the folder structure I was using in an invite-only group where I was organizing all my references to share with labmates. Apparently they've discontinued that feature, and they fully removed it yesterday after a temporary restoration of the feature to allow users to export their data. Too bad I never received a notification of this in Mendeley Desktop 😡

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As a Whose Knowledge? advisor and collaborator, I am happy to finally be able to share our multi-year, multi-format, thought-provoking labor of love Decolonizing the Internet By Decolonizing Ourselves published in Global Perspectives Journal

online.ucpress.edu/gp/article/

#DecolonizeTheInternet

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I really appreciate that I have Never had a single student who didn't appreciate libraries.
Now, they may not have gone to the library physically, but they all used their resources and they all appreciated them in principle.

Libraries are the best.

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Libertarians love to talk about "freedom" and "liberty" but not "liberation" 🤔

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I renamed the essay to "Towards A Cooperative Technology Movement" and moved it to cooperativetechnology.codeberg

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extremely correct venn diagram, techno dystopia 

it's hilarious to me that apparently vice.com/en/article/pkdj79/peo is a thing that's happening

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"Design Options for Long-lasting, Efficient and Open Hardware and Software" is our article published in "#Digitalisation and #Sustainability", in that my co-Authors Johanna Pohl, Anja Höfner, Friederike Rohde and me present basic approaches and policy measures for a sustainable design of hardware and software.

oekologisches-wirtschaften.de/

#SoftwareObsolescence #RightToRepair #PublicCode #Upcycling #OpenAccess @fsfe

covid-19 vaccine distribution, makers without accountability (2/2) 

how it's going:

"Initially, the group was testing for the coronavirus[...] But in recent weeks, the department of health said PFC abruptly stopped testing for the virus, as well, a key component of the partnership."

"The city has since cut ties after the group failed to disclose that it recently became a for-profit company, after collecting the personal information of thousands of residents."

nbcphiladelphia.com/news/coron

covid-19 vaccine distribution, makers without accountability (1/2) 

how it started:

“We get pictures from doctors and nurses wearing our stuff, like on our social media, we post it, it’s really been quite humbling,” Doroshin said. “They’ve been ecstatic because they’ve had people charge them for stuff, which is mind-blowing.”

philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2020

Writing letters of recommendation for people is a strange and new experience: on one hand I haven't emotionally understood that I might be qualified to evaluate people or act as a research mentor/supervisor, but on the other hand it's nice to talk about all the ways they're great

(3/3) Social justice-oriented development of infrastructure+capacity and wealth redistribution are also needed to make globally just provision of medical care (and the technologies needed for it) possible; this exceeds historical visions/definitions for FOSS. Maybe approaching open-source from the ethical grounds of global health justice can help preempt a tendency towards what Andrew Ross described about the software world as "voices proclaiming freedom in every direction, but justice in none"?

(2/) I like that starting from global health justice requires judging/building "open-source" as a political project through material questions about who has access to technologies needed for health, who has resources for developing & implementing technologies to meet local needs, and what political economy maintains the hoarding of those things. Yes, individual freedoms are necessary, and open-source has advantages as a means of production. But they're nowhere near sufficient for health justice.

covid, vaccines, and patents 

(1/) Here's reporting in The Lancet about an ongoing dispute in the World Trade Organization between low- & middle-income countries vs. high-income countries over COVID-19-related patents and access to COVID-19 vaccines. This is a fight about the global IP regime, but the groups & countries challenging it are also making a deeper argument about ownership and power over the production and distribution of things needed for health: thelancet.com/journals/lancet/


Hi, everyone! I'm a PhD student in bioengineering, and I love designing and building hardware+software tools. For my thesis, I'm studying challenges and strategies for open-source medical devices for global health equity: how might platforms and communities be built to support cooperative production of medical devices appropriate for local contexts, all the way from invention to implementation?

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