Visited a friend who lives on the east side of town earlier this summer and took this photo on the drive up to his place. This is looking west at downtown (and, frankly, at most of the town), with Mount Meeker and Longs Peak towering beyond. I feel so fortunate to live here.
Although I'm still relatively new to the universe of amateur radio, I've already enjoyed enough interesting learning experiences as well as stubbed my toes enough times to have gained a few insights. I'm a non-technical user figuring things out as I go along, and also don't have a great memory, so I'm writing these articles as my way to keep track of what I'm learning. Basically, this is info I wish I had found online when I was browsing for insights: AmateurRadioNotes.com⩘ .
Delightfully narrated by Kristen Sieh (and a little bit by Hank Green, too)
An absolutely remarkable book by the co-creator of CrashCourse, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow. It tells the story of a young woman, April May, who stumbles upon an amazing sculpture on her way home from work late, late one night, and whose life then quickly accelerates into a whirlwind of enormous social media fame with all the challenges and opportunities that brings.
Oh, and it just so happens that she is at the very center of first contact with an otherworldly visitor. All that and her fun, snarky, insightful, and thought-provoking story just started. Knock, knock!
One of those rare books that left me feeling a bit wistful when I realized I had heard the last sentence, wanting a bit more.
U.S. Representative Ro Khanna has written an internet Bill of Rights that could help shape future—hopefully, near future—legislation protecting internet users.
Years and years overdue, but finally some progress in this important area.
"The internet age and digital revolution have changed Americans' way of life. As our lives and the economy are more tied to the internet, it is essential to provide Americans with basic protections online." – Rep. Khanna
"If the internet is to live up to its potential as a force for good in the world, we need safeguards that ensure fairness, openness and human dignity. This bill of rights provides a set of principles that are about giving users more control of their online lives while creating a healthier internet economy. This is a bipartisan issue with broad public support, giving leaders an opportunity to work together to make the internet work for everyone." – Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Set of Principles for an Internet Bill of Rights: You should have the right:
To have access to and knowledge of all collection and uses of personal data by companies;
To opt-in consent to the collection of personal data by any party and to the sharing of personal data with a third party;
Where context appropriate and with a fair process, to obtain, correct, or delete personal data controlled by any company and to have those requests honored by third parties;
To have personal data secured and to be notified in a timely manner when a security breach or unauthorized access of personal data is discovered;
To move all personal data from one network to the next;
To access and use the internet without internet service providers blocking, throttling, engaging in paid prioritization, or otherwise unfairly favoring content, applications, services, or devices;
To internet service without the collection of data that is unnecessary for providing the requested service absent opt-in consent;
To have access to multiple viable, affordable internet platforms, services, and providers with clear and transparent pricing;
Not to be unfairly discriminated against or exploited based on your personal data; and
To have an entity that collects your personal data have reasonable business practices and accountability to protect your privacy.