Universities are shifting en masse to solutions like Zoom or Microsoft Teams to manage remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that classrooms do not become spaces for data extraction. I’m part of a collective called Zoom Out that’s pushing universities to adopt in-house open source solutions. You can read our manifesto, and an overview of Zoom’s privacy and security violations, on Medium.
Tucked away on University College London’s main campus in Bloomsbury is the Institute of Making, the university’s in-house makerspace and materials library. Founded in 2013 by academics at UCL, the goal of the Institute of Making is to provide a place where students and staff can get hands-on experience with tools of all kinds –