Article: Interoperable connected LED lighting remains a pipe dream — for now

Autonomous Internet

Interoperable connected LED lighting remains a pipe dream — for now

The Bluetooth mesh community has made more progress indoors than I foresaw as possible. We recently covered an indoor Bluetooth mesh project covering a 22-story office building with one network — no gateways or servers required. EMC, Silvair, and McWong combined on the project. And additional energy savings beyond LED installation covered the ROI. That’s progress. But the project was based on the use of McWong sensors/controllers throughout and uniformity came based on the fact that the mainly commercial-use office space was served by identical troffers throughout.

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Article: The battle between Big Tech and the free press

Access, Censorship, Media

The battle between Big Tech and the free press

Worldwide, the free press is waging a battle for survival against Facebook and Google. Besides being gushing firehoses of Covid disinformation and QAnon conspiracies, Google and Facebook have been dangerously undermining the financial stability of media outlets all over the world.

Note that Google and Facebook could tweak their design and algorithms to purposefully drive users to the original news sources’ websites. But they don’t. They prefer to repackage and monetise product from the original producer without paying for it. In other industries, that’s called theft.

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Article: 11% Of Business In Spain Use Blockchain Technology, Report

Blockchain, Innovation

11% Of Business In Spain Use Blockchain Technology, Report11% Of Business In Spain Use Blockchain Technology, Report

The use of decentralized technologies is growing in Spain, and we are not just talking about cryptocurrencies but blockchain in general, especially for enterprise purposes.

From municipalities and public universities to corporations and industries, more and more businesses are adopting the blockchain in one way or another, increasing the ecosystem’s diversity and activity.

According to a report by business consulting firm IDC Spain, about 46% of large companies in Spain are in favor of incorporating blockchain and cryptographic technologies to increase their security.

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Article: The Real Battle Between Big Tech and The Free Press is Just Beginning

Content Integrity, Digital Content, Media, Open Source

The Real Battle Between Big Tech and the Free Press Is Just Beginning | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • SmithsonianThe Real Battle Between Big Tech and The Free Press is Just Beginning

From Australia to Maryland, the News Industry Is in a Fight for Its Life Against Facebook and Google.

From Australia to Maryland, the free press is waging a battle for survival against Facebook and Google. Besides being gushing firehoses of COVID disinformation and QAnon conspiracies, Google and Facebook have been dangerously undermining the financial stability of media outlets all over the world.

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Event: Libre Planet 2021

Software

Event: Libre Planet 2021

As you may be aware, this isn’t the first LibrePlanet conference that has taken place entirely online: in 2020, the timing could hardly have been worse, with coronavirus shutdowns in Massachusetts starting the very week that the conference was scheduled. With only a week to scrap plans we had spent most of a year making, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) still managed to pull off a full, vibrant schedule, and livestreamed using only free software thanks to our wildly talented and dedicated tech team, but we knew that with a bit more time to plan, we could do even more. Continue reading “Event: Libre Planet 2021”