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Episode 47: Revolutions
Having survived the past week with the US thankfully intact, and thus-far without any Romanian-style bloody revolutions as discussed in the podcast, we are collectively entering the next phase of our story. With all the angst, pomp, and circumstance leading to a presidential election, especially one so contentious as this, the denouement can feel a bit unsettling and exhausting.
Most of us look forward to an opportunity to start something new, regardless of our political leanings, and as we all plan for a difficult new year, still in the midst of a global pandemic, I hope we can continue to focus on making our digital world a better place, as we see it.
Any eyes that are not presently focused on COVID-19 seem to be turned toward the internet, social platforms, information and disinformation, journalism, and cybersecurity. The world keeps turning, and our digital world continues to be a confusing place. I don’t see that elections change that, but we as digital citizens can and do. I’d like to offer up a suggestion this week to really dig deep and ponder what kind of digital world we want to virtually live in. If you are reading this, the digital world is likely as important to your daily existence as the physical one. What do you want to make of it?
Personally, I would start with reiterating the brilliant Eva Galperin:
Stop. Trying. To. Outlaw. Math. https://t.co/GHLzprpddM— Eva (@evacide) November 8, 2020
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This Week’s Reading List
A Ransomware Attack Has Struck a Major US Hospital Chain | WIRED — UNIVERSAL HEALTH SERVICES, a hospital and health care network with more than 400 facilities across the United States, Puerto Rico, and United Kingdom, suffered a ransomware attack early Sunday morning that has taken down its digital networks at locations around the US. As the situation has spiraled, some patients have reportedly been rerouted to other emergency rooms and facilities and had appointments and test results delayed as a result of the attack. An emergency room technician at one UHS-owned facility tells WIRED that their hospital has moved to all-paper systems as a result of the attack.
Cyber Attack Suspected in German Woman’s Death - The New York Times — Prosecutors believe the woman died from delayed treatment after hackers attacked a hospital’s computers. It could be the first fatality from a ransomware attack.
Better lives with Drupal-powered healthcare technologies | Opensense Labs — So how does Drupal come into play here? Dexcom, which is the brand of CGM, has one of its platforms powered by Drupal and Omnipod’s website is built on Drupal as well.
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