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Processing NHS data 

It should be a condition of processing health data that that the software used to process that data should be Open Source, as without the ability to independently reproduce the results it is not science. For example processing of the NHS Covid Data Store. I do see that, for example Palantir does use and contribute to some open source, but have not found the details of how the health data is processed.

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Public Trust in Science 

Reading results of a survey on trust in science, I am concerned that the way GPDPR is being introduced risks loss of trust to the health data needed to make sensible decisions. Although there are normally good processes in place, some hasty actions in the Covid Crisis are giving GPDPR a bad reputation.

Balancing Freedom of speech and reducing the spread of Hate Speech.
There is a lot of pressure on Twitter to block accounts posting hate speech, particularly related to England Football players, but Twitter accounts are a amorphous mass. If, say, Manchester United ran an ActivityPub site for their supporters then they could drop those who made unacceptable posts, and their views should weigh more heavily than people with no connection to the club - who could simply be ignored.

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Important apps and trust. 

Good to see that the official Swiss Covid Certificate Check App on F-Droid. Confidence in key health information systems should be based on transparency and openness.

https://f-droid.org/en/packages/ch.admin.bag.covidcertificate.wallet/

#covid-19 #f-droid #open-source

Two of my interests, access to eduction, and seeing people recognising people's abilities, come together in a Webinar I was informed of recently, and which I have posted about on the Oxford Phab website at oxford-phab.wp.paladyn.org/202

I mentioned I did Statistics O level in my blog at blog.wp.paladyn.org/2021/05/09 - the statistics used in Forestry tends to be more subtle than that used for Physics, as it is harder to control the variables, but I had statistics in my head when I came across xkcd.com/2400/

Happy May Morning !
Have just been watching the choir of Magdalene College School on YouTube,, which is warmer, but much less atmospheric than seeing them in person from the bottom of the tower. I regret that while I can run a Peertube server on a budget of under £100 per year, they can not afford to do the same out of their budget of £17million a year.

Have just been reading bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manc where Ch. Insp. Booth had created 'Action Cards' but they were not used by control room staff. I am a fan of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chec which suggests that such checklists need to be developed with, and owned by, the people who will use them, then possibly they would have used them.

Have just been reading bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manc where Ch. Insp. Booth had created 'Action Cards' but they were not used by control room staff. I am a fan of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chec which suggests that such checklists need to be developed with, and owned by, the people who will use them, then possibly they would have used them.

Interesting piece from Logic Magazine on the inter relation between making IT systems secure and making them accessible at logicmag.io/security/access-de

Interesting piece from Logic Magazine on the inter relation between making IT systems secure and making them accessible at logicmag.io/security/access-de

Noticed that BBC News article "Why popular YouTubers are building their own sites" makes no mention of Peertube, talking about a bunch of platforms I have never heard of, but not really surprised.
bbc.co.uk/news/technology-5534

Came across this really infomative info-graphic on Covid-19. Good to have clear information on something which is affecting our lives so much
azuravesta.com/covid-19-pandem

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The Ambrige Garden Club DNS is registered 

My sample Small Organisation Server, the Ambrige Garden Club, is now registered on the DNS. The process is described at https://wordpress.debian.social/jlines/2020/11/13/ambridge-garden-club-registering-the-domain/

Instant Messenger systems used by the military should be based on standards and federated... you can probably see where I am going, but if people with really high security requirements are using the same system, then they have an interest in making sure it is secure. The Internet is built on the back of the ARPANET, a product of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Instant Messenger systems used by the banks should be based on standards and federated. People need to trust the system they use to IM their bank manager, but it should not be unique to the each bank, needing is own app. Some may argue that the financial sector has particular security needs, but so does the NHS, the military etc. If the XMPP standard can not meet these requirements then should be improved until it does, working with other interested parties.

Instant Messenger systems used by the NHS should be based on standards and federated. People need to trust the system they use to IM their doctor, but it should not be unique to the NHS, needing is own app. Some may argue that the NHS has particular security needs, but so do banks, the military etc. If the XMPP standard can not meet these requirements then should be improved until it does, working with other interested parties.

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Worried about WhatsApp 

I distrust things, particularly big things, which exist without any obvious means of financial support, so wrote 'Who pays for WhatsApp' at https://wordpress.debian.social/jlines/2020/11/10/who-pays-for-whatsapp/

Green Woodpecker in our garden, just turned away from admiring one of my wife's glass sculptures

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