Conversation Overview 24th of June - 8th of July 2020 - Owning the path forward

Dear community,

Summer is undeniably here, and Corona will stay with us throughout it and beyond. Our community has extensive experience, discussions and research in fields like remote work, collaboration, data protection and many more extremely relevant points. Now have to build upon our experiences and take ownership of the development of path forward informed by our collective intelligence. To do that we are having conversations that bring together people to recover and develop the potential of the coworking sector, we share our own concrete experiences, critically explore existing systems and new trends/applications and propose some concrete solutions.

The co-working sector is both hit very hard by the crisis, but also potentially important for the development of decentralised local networks, communities and alternative work solutions we need to be able to deal with situations like this and other modern developments better.

We invited 7 experts from all over the world who own co-working spaces, develop technology to support them or are involved in connecting them into bigger networks.

In this event on the 21st of July (16:00 -18:30 CEST) we are going to discuss hands-on experiences and solutions for the co-working path forward:

To get inspired @nadia shared the story about working with others on the internet and her plans for the event:

Young academics and researchers are called upon to come up with ideas for the path forward while also being heavily hit by the crisis. But how can they do that if the current system keep most of them in a precarious situation:

The conversation about the surveillance pandemic is now being revamped in view of a couple of disturbing developments I am seeing. They are not directly related to the “magic COVID app”, but they do resonate with some of the arguments we explored in this conversation:

A corona app was launched in Germany is supposed to provide universal coverage and track as many as possible. But is tracking as much as possible a good thing? Where does the data go? While some activists and informed users have critically discussed data tracking and it’s the implication for years going as far as suggesting and living ways to avoid already ubiquitous tracking tools, other have installed fitness, dietary, social media and many more apps that collect and use their data without questioning it. Now, for a brief moment, a wider audience seems(ed) to care. Let’s discuss Should we use data tracking to improve services or are the implications too dangerous? How can we avoid being tracked?” Are there concrete examples from other countries we should involve in the conversation?:

Finally, we would like to draw you attention again to this ongoing conversation about a whole system approach for the developing internet which is on the core of the NGI interest and relevant for our path into the future:

Thank you very much for being a great community!

If you have any questions on how to orient yourself or how to contribute feel free to ask me (@mariaeuler)

ping @marina, @Heshanij,@Markus_D and @lroddy

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