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From Digiday, an interview with Alan Smith,  data-visualization editor
The team has also started using a new tool to boost efficiency: D3, an open-source visualization library that allows staff to create different versions of graphics in one go, which can then easily be used for print, online and social media. (via The Financial Times guide to data visualization – Digiday)

Thinking is a skill that can be taught – and should be taught

 
Educators today are talking a lot about the need to equip students with 21st century skills. In a democratic society, reasoned discourse should be one of them, if citizens are to participate in shaping the future of the society they live in. A culture that supports discourse is certainly needed, but so is each individual’s development of the skills and values that reasoned discourse requires
(via Reasoned Discourse as a Vital 21st-Century Skill – Scientific American Blog Network)

This is equivalent to what Piaget says about concrete and abstract knowledge, and how disequilibration is one way to foster the transistion

A look at BLM (#BlackLivesMatter) via tweetstream

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology looked at nearly 29 million tweets surrounding four recent Black Lives Matter (BLM) events to identify the social media patterns of its activists. They found that the community is unlike many other social movements because of its ability to bond over the course of many months. (via The social media profile of the Black Lives Matter movement)

Dan O’Neil Reflects on the “Community” in Community Technology

A lot of it was an education—and sometimes not a very pleasant one. I was a believer in open data, a believer in the power of technology to help people, a believer in the founding idea that technologists could solve problems if they just coded the right things. I came to see the limits of these tools and the value of bringing technologists together without a community context. An Education in Community Technology | Civicist by Daniel X. O’Neil

This is a very interesting exit interview with Dan O’Neil as he leaves the Chicago Community Trust and Smart Chicago, where he has been transforming the relationship between technologists and civic communities for five years. While ChicagoTalks.org was intended to bring journalism to communities so they might find a voice, we had similar experiences as we realized that communities already exist, and it is better to join and work with those, rather than try and create a new on and get everyone under your own tent.

June 2016 FCC Reverse Spectrum Auction Explainer

In what’s known as a reverse auction, the initial process will run over a month and include 52 rounds of bidding in all, with the FCC picking over the inventory and offering stations a price the agency thinks that station’s airwaves are worth. If the price is right, the station gives up its space on the TV dial and either closes down or chooses another means of reaching viewers, such as switching to another broadcast frequency or choosing to air on cable only or going online. (via A media buyer’s primer on the FCC spectrum auction)

Arresting Photos of Chicago’s Deep Tunnel

Amazing photos of DeepTunnel and related things. These photographs present the three major portions of the southeastern section of the system: the Deep Tunnel, the Thornton Reservoir, and the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant. These interconnected facilities serve large portions of Chicago and its south suburban communities. (via Exploring the Physicality of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan – MAS CONTEXT)

Life’s Labor, When Labor isn’t Needed

What will people do, when labor isn’t part of life expectations? If China can use robots and other advanced technologies to retool types of production never before automated, that might turn the country, now the world’s sweatshop, into a hub of high-tech innovation. Less clear, however, is how that would affect the millions of workers recruited to China’s booming factories. (via China Is Building a Robot Army of Model Workers)

Gun Culture and Parental Responsibility in USA circa 2016

I am sorry these toddlers died, but what does this say about parent responsibility and the insane gun culture that some people in the US hold so dear. To me, it looks like the Darwin Awards in action. During a single week in April, four toddlers — Holston, Kiyan, Za’veon and Sha’Quille — shot and killed themselves, and a mother driving through Milwaukee was killed after her 2-year-old apparently picked up a gun that had slid out from under the driver’s seat. It was a brutal stretch, even by the standards of researchers who track these shootings. (via One Week in April, Four Toddlers Shot and Killed Themselves – The New York Times)