February 2021 Month Notes
I wrote some month notes in January. It was satisfying putting them together, and some people seemed to appreciate them, so here are some for February.
January 2021 Month Notes
This is a month note, which is like a weeknote but for a month. You probably guessed that. My comms colleagues would question me: who is the audience for this? what’s the call to action? My response is: I don’t know and there isn’t one. I wrote it because I thought it would be good to reflect on the month, and not bad to have a record of it beyond scribbles in my bullet journal. I honestly debated whether to publish it, because it gets quite personal near the end, but I think that’s the point of week/month notes: showing others a bit of the person behind the screen. I make no promises about writing or publishing another. Read if you like; take what you wish from it.
Individual, collective and community interests in data
At the start of 2020, I wrote about community consent. I detailed some of the ways in which individual consent is failing, and why there’s a need for a more community-oriented approach to consent around the processing of data about people.
I learned a lot this year about the impact of missing data or information about data from governments in a fraught environment.
What to do about pro-bono data service offers
During the Covid-19 pandemic, many tech companies are offering pro-bono data services to public health organisations, governments, and communities. Their offers include free access to software and to people to help with managing data, analysing it, and building predictive models.