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  • In Aleppo, majority of computer science students were women

    In Aleppo, majority of computer science students were women

      Rami Rihawi started to learn programming in 2010, when web development was thriving in the economic capital of pre-civil war Syria. He says he was shocked to see that a majority of students studying computer science at the University of Aleppo were women. When he left Syria to come to Germany, he found that […]

  • We had no idea how big the changes were

    We had no idea how big the changes were

      Academic Pietro Neglie notes that the technological changes in the 1990s eclipsed any of the Italian political reforms in terms of long term impact. Storyteller: Pietro Neglie Date of Story: 1990s Location of Story: Italy Location: Udine, Italy Date: 1 February, 2016 This post is part of a collaboration with author Davide Rubini to collect the stories of Italy […]

  • Silicon Valley before the tech boom

    Silicon Valley before the tech boom

      Entrepreneurship consultant Rick Rasmussen looks back to his childhood in Silicon Valley, a radically different place than it is today, characterized primarily by sprawling orchards and canneries. The presence of the defense industry, however, slowly transformed the area into the high-tech capital of the word. Storyteller: Rick Rasmussen Date of Story: 1950s-present Location of […]

  • I loved my first computer- the Commodore 64

    I loved my first computer- the Commodore 64

    Max von der Ahé, CEO of Betahaus coworking space in Berlin, talks about the thrill of his first computer experience, playing games on a neighbor’s Commodore 64 (C64)–the highest-selling computer of all time that was first released in 1982. Storyteller: Max von der Ahé Date of Story: 1987 Location of Story: Germany Location: Berlin, Germany Date: 30 […]

 

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  • Meeting Mark Zuckerberg in Germany after leaving Syria

    Meeting Mark Zuckerberg in Germany after leaving Syria

      Programmer Rami Rihawi left Aleppo at the end of 2015, and five months later he was sitting with Mark Zuckerberg in Berlin, talking about the potential for virtual reality in social media. Storyteller: Rami Rihawi Date of Story: 2015-present Location of Story: Berlin, Germany Location: Berlin, Germany Date: 11 March, 2016

  • The internet changed activism

    The internet changed activism

      Scientist Mario Alemi discusses how major developments in digital technology transformed political engagement in society. Storyteller:Mario Alemi Date of Story: 1990-present Location of Story: Italy Location: London, UK Date: 11 February, 2016 This post is part of a collaboration with author Davide Rubini to collect the stories of Italy in the aftermath of the “Bribesville” (Tangentopoli) scandals of […]

  • The undemocratic age of computing

    The undemocratic age of computing

      Computer scientist John Hayes says that although not much has changed about computers “on the abstract level” for 40 years, pretty much everything else about them is different: who uses them, the hardware, work practices, functionality, and the way we think about them. Storyteller: John Hayes Date of Story: 1976-present Location of Story: Chalfont St. Giles, UK […]

  • Yahoo’s layoffs in 2001

    Yahoo’s layoffs in 2001

      Businessman Andrea Monni was an intern when Yahoo launched a major round of layoffs following the 2001 recession. He remembers the highly unusual manner in which the company made its decisions during that time. Storyteller: Andrea Monni Date of Story: 2001 Location of Story: Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A. Location: Singapore Date: 2 February, 2016

 

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Chasing girls around with a half-frame Russian camera: 52.520007, 13.404954
I loved my first computer- the Commodore 64: 51.165691, 10.451526
Forget AAA: when roadside help was a team of mules: 29.668963, -96.828003
We had no idea how big the changes were: 46.140797, 13.166290
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“Italy was the most capitalistic country in the USSR”: 39.223902, 9.122095
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The internet changed activism: 41.871940, 12.567380
Science discoveries of the 90s: 41.871940, 12.567380
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