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Hello! My name is Guilherme Fitzgibbon. I am a Brazilian diplomat currently based in Berlin, here for entirely personal purposes, and recently migrated my account from I work with and study science & technology and internet governance issues, especially from the policy side. My idea is to more read/listen than publish anything. I'm currently not affiliated with academia in any way - just an admirer for now!

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About posting in Portuguese/Sobre publicações em Português-BR 

I will occasionally post in Brazilian Portuguese, but I will keep it mostly unlisted, since the main network here is English-speaking.

De vez em quando irei publicar coisas em português, mas na maioria das vezes deixarei fora da timeline pública ("unlisted"), já que a rede principal é em inglês.

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I will not, under any circumstances, comment on politics of any kind (aside, of course, from what relates to STI and netgov).

Also, naturally, everything I post here is my own personal opinion or selection of things, and not in any way official. I am here for academic/social purposes only.

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O Cetic divulgou nesta terça (26) a Pesquisa TIC Domicílios 2019. Pela primeira vez, +50% das classes D e E e da zona rural estão conectados à internet. Por outro lado, a presença de PCs nas residências segue diminuindo, uma tendência iniciada em 2016. Dos brasileiros conectados, 58% acessam a internet apenas via celular.


Brilliant project that tidies up public domain ebooks.

Gutenberg and Internet Archive are wonderful resources, but the texts are poorly formatted for actual use, especially on ereaders.

This is a volunteer driven initiative to bring these texts up to date with modern standards and make them look as good as possible on the page.

thinking about how planet earth is a dense molten core incased in a layer of solids and is thusly, technically, a ravioli

One very curious side effect of everything being held online: seminars/webinars now have speakers presenting their views in pre-made movies, not live speeches. Not sure how I feel about that.

"Looking forward to seeing you in real life" is not something I ever expected to hear outside of science fiction works.

On filtering unwanted content 

Over at the Blue Bird Bodega it's becoming increasingly difficult to actually filter out what I need to see from what I don't want to. No matter what parameters I use, something always creeps in. It's unbelievably tiresome.

Something tells me that this seems to be the destiny of all internet-based social platforms/networks. I remember this happening to orkut (huge in Brazil), then to Facebook. I'm hoping this doesn't spread to here.

In other news, I think we have a winner hors concours for the 2020 igNobels

Also: why in Cthulhu's bloody green earth would I want a Wi-Fi-connected camera pointed towards my parts while I'm on a toilet, why

Well. Turns out people really are starting to worry about their data after the whole discovery that videoconferencing isn't very private. Happy to see that this will probably be in debate for a few years.

Quick poll for this instance full of academics: for those of you who use a static site generator for your personal website - which one do you use? And why?

at videogames inc, during the invention of videogames:

employee: "i've invented a new kind of enemy to put at the end of levels! they're big and scary, and the whole point of the game is to kill them. the player really really wants to kill them the whole time"
boss: "what are they called?"

My math-teaching brother's wish is that 2020 is the year everyone learns that "exponential" doesn't mean "very fast" it means "imperceptibly gradual and then suddenly overwhelming".


“[A]n epidemic requires a change of perspective toward a concept of community-centered care. What we are painfully learning is that we need experts in public health and epidemics, yet this has not been the focus of decision makers at the national, regional, and hospital levels. We lack expertise on epidemic conditions, guiding us to adopt special measures to reduce epidemiologically negative behaviors.”

Well, seems like remote working will be the new normal for the foreseeable shorter-term future. Makes me wonder whether this will also bring to light all the complexities of data and privacy management in digital environments.

I’m guessing one of the unintended consequences of this pandemic will be people becoming more and more interested in the legal ramifications of having to do even more social interactions online, and what that means regarding the shortcomings of law as we know it.

Today, my class on designing speculative fiction scenarios about dystopian futures has been postponed due to a viral pandemic outbreak.
I feel like the universe is looking at my design fictions, and says "Hold my beer"

How to organise notes - tips? 

I'm looking for a way to organise ideas and notes with an aim to eventually produce something. Discipline issues aside, has anyone ever tried this Zettelkasten method for organising notes and ideas? I'd be glad to hear other suggestions, just asked about this one because it was mentioned in an article I read recently.

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