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08/25/2021

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Aashutosh Mistry

It certainly does!!

Curious to know your take on structuring the rest of the article, especially for a tough topic.

Here is how I have been doing it: I kind of follow "what - so what - now what" format for the body: 'what' connects to the opening, 'so what' takes the 'what' a step further and discusses what it means, and 'now what' talks about the implications/ applications. (I have borrowed this from somewhere else, of course)

Earlier I had a habit of letting word count shrink or grow based on the amount of raw information I had while preparing a piece. But in recent years, I have actively tried to counter that and writing concise + straight to point articles. For the closing remarks, I try to boil all the discussion down to the most essential thought I would want the reader to take away.

Hortense Le Ferrand

that's very interesting! I did not know that such committees were still holding in current modern times! It reminds me of the Salon's jury in Paris (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Session_of_the_Painting_Jury) that decided what art was fashionable, and what art was not. They decided that the Impressionists were not...

The topic of internet and technology access is quite complex. For example, smartphones are now widely used, even in underprivileged countries and emergent economies. Countries like India is leader in tech, and there are some very interesting developments on the African continent where devices and machines are getting built from scrap electronics.

I fear beyond the question of having the digital available, virtual means are stirring up a lot many more universal challenges like big data and fake data (how to sort all these out?), climate change and sustainability(and what about the data centers, the electricity, and the raw materials for all these? Not to mention waste), health (both physical and mental).

I just heard about an institute in Germany, the Parmenides foundation (https://www.parmenides-foundation.org/) that is putting a lot of thought into the future of teaching. One of their proposal is the virtual platform ATLAS: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2665963819300053. The question of having access to the tool is taken for granted and no mention of the environmental issues yet.

Balu

On the digital divide:
A chill ran down my spine when I read in the newspaper that a girl committed suicide because she could not learn her lessons. Her father didn't have the money to buy her a cell phone.
( I am writing from India)

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