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Collection of initiatives to help each other in the COVID-19 crisis.

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COVID-19 Topics




April 2020

March 2020


  • UK: Hack the Quarantine
    • improving health, remote working and helping vulnerable populations
    • 23. March - 12. April
    • Platform: Discord
One interesting concern is that there are many of these, and you could make an argument that they’d be stronger and faster in working together. Organizing that on global scale is probably impossible though (you’d need loads of marketing) — so I think local initiatives are wonderful!
I’d encourage us to do a bit of desk research & reach out to other teams to ‘steal’ their concepts (or contribute). → For example there are ventilator projects in the US, Finland, and Ireland, as I observed in my network. No shame in taking someone’s design and mass manufacturing it for your community.
Which is better in the current state? Spending three weeks developing a great, cheap ventilator design or spending three weeks 3D-printing and assembling 2000 pieces of a design made in New York?
I’d suggest whoever wants to help to either a) invest in organizing a complete project group well, or b) consider giving up your own idea and contribute what you do best to someone else!
Our goal is to share our knowledge to act fast, save lives, and limit economic fallout…. beyond inventing clever things! (Joe Pacal)

My contributions

  • Creatively Connecting Communities
    • I want to cross-link all of these separate hackathons!
    • Let's combine our strengths & work on this together!
    • I'm interested in OPEN communication & sharing of knowledge, data, ideas, results &


Documentation & Tips

Final Results


  • science links in a twitter thread


an ICU ventilator is a profoundly simple device. Here’s how it works: the patient is sedated enough to tolerate having a breathing tube secured in the trachea. The breathing tube connects to the ventilator by a hose. As the patient initiates a breath, the machine detects a slight drop in pressure, and a piston-driven cylinder pushes a measured volume of oxygen into the patient’s lungs. If the patient doesn’t or can’t start a breath, the machine will automatically do so after a few seconds. At some point, the machine either successfully delivers the required volume or reaches a maximum safe pressure and automatically cycles so that air can come back out of the patient’s lungs and through a separate hose. Pause. Repeat. Minute after minute, hour after hour. If necessary, for days.

Internet Measurements

  • Mozilla released this Firefox data at the beginning of the pandemic.



Privacy Security Surveillance

That means that everyone must have access to a simple smartphone and to the internet. For years, we have seen countless studies and media reports about the “digital divide” and how it must be bridged if all Americans can fully participate in our economy and society. The divide has been closing but is still too wide. The COVID pandemic fundamentally changes the debate and underscores how not being plugged into the internet not only can deprive kids of their education (as schools have gone to remote learning during this pandemic) but is now actually essential for all of us.

Technical Communities Coordinations


Grants and Funding 

Here are some calls with available funding:

& more (older offers)

Internet Related News

Open Communication Platforms

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  • wiki... like this one!! messenger for web and as app (Slack & WhatsApp replacement)
fairmeeting video or audio conference (Skype replacement) joint editing pad
faircloud (like Dropbox)
syncing of files, calendar and address book
online editor (like in Office 365 / Google Docs)
manage group permissions in circles
Image gallery
2FA (Two-Factor-Authentication) possible
forward secrecy encryption DHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384
GDPR compliant
Some figures about 3 months of #FFMEET:
- 360 CPU Cores
- 720 GB of RAM
- 847.955.871 HTTPS Requests
- ~800.000 Unique Users
- 810TB of Videotraffic
- ~10.000 app downloads
- 500 Tickets answered
- many commits and bug reports
Run by volunteers!



Dutch Situation
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    • "This interactive charts the new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past week vs. the total confirmed cases to date. When plotted in this way, exponential growth is represented as a straight line that slopes upwards. Notice that almost all countries follow a very similar path of exponential growth" - and the DROP shows that the "peak" was reached!
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  • April 1-10 2020

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22 July Images 

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Articles with visualizations


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  • Which country has flattened the curve / Where Countries Are on the Curve

Data Justice

(The Tyranny of Openness:What Happened to Peer Production?)



General Tips

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  1. 1. Disease transmission is under control
  2. 2. Health systems are able to "detect, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact"
  3. 3. Hot spot risks are minimized in vulnerable places, such as nursing homes
  4. 4. Schools, workplaces and other essential places have established preventive measures
  5. 5. The risk of importing new cases "can be managed"
  6. 6. Communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to live under a new normal

Mental Health

  • "The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in Switzerland" -> I have a PDF...

Mental Health & Crisis: Climate / Covid

Physical Health

  • FAO:

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Community Care

Virtual Events aka Remote Conferences

Working From Home

Or not:

  • Dr Aisha Ahmad
    • Know that you are not failing. Let go of all of the profoundly daft ideas you have about what you should be doing right now. Instead, focus intensely on your physical and psychological security.
    • abandon the performative and embrace the authentic. Our essential mental shifts require humility and patience. Focus on real internal change. These human transformations will be honest, raw, ugly, hopeful, frustrated, beautiful, and divine.
    • On the other side of this journey of acceptance are hope and resilience.

Office After Corona


Sustainability Links

The Shift Project is a French think tank advocating the shift to a post-carbon economy. As a non-profit organisation committed to serving the general interest through scientific objectivity, we are dedicated to informing and influencing the debate on energy transition in Europe.

Majority of European firms have no CO2 reduction targets. Only one in three firms have climate goals set to go beyond 2025, report finds

Corona & Climate

    • our increasingly interconnected world—which we treat with insufficient care. Decades of explosive human population growth and an increasingly mobile population—an average of 12 million people traveled daily by plane in 2019—have put us in close contact, squeezed natural habitats, and forced wild animals to occupy cities or perish. According to a recent United Nations report, habitat destruction and climate change are the leading factors putting one million species on the brink of extinction. Many surviving, stressed animals carry high virus loads
    • Humans’ insatiable desire to eat meat is also increasing spillover potential. Crowding livestock (pigs, chickens) at feeding operations was a factor in emerging infectious diseases such as the H1N1 swine flu outbreak of 2009 and the H5N1 bird flu of 1997. Poaching, overhunting, and consumption of wild animals as food or trade, combined with the loss of predators that keep host animals like mice and deer in check, accumulate risks. All of this will worsen as we heat up the planet, force more animals out of natural habitats, expand year-round mosquito and tick ranges, alter bird and bat migrations, and melt the permafrost that may be harboring soon-to-be-released infectious organisms.

Environmental Benefits of Lockdown 






  • COVID vaccine production needs to be expanded globally to address the shortage of doses, particularly in countries in the Global South, says public health policy expert @MohgaKamalYanni "There is more manufacturing capacity in the world totally unused."


Warning: this is the information from the Internet / Twitter! I am NOT a medical doctor! 



... & philosophy & economy & ecology & feminism & tech & anti-capitalism & anarchism ...

"Access to adequate health care, including protective equipment and sufficient testing, will do more good than another hackathon."

  • 1st May, Kim Stanley Robinson
    • The virus is rewriting our imaginations. What felt impossible has become thinkable. We’re getting a different sense of our place in history. We know we’re entering a new world, a new era. We seem to be learning our way into a new structure of feeling. In many ways, we’ve been overdue for such a shift. In our feelings, we’ve been lagging behind the times in which we live.
    • This crisis is different. It’s a biological threat, and it’s global. Everyone has to change together to deal with it. That’s really history.
    • There are 7.8 billion people alive on this planet—a stupendous social and technological achievement that’s unnatural and unstable. It’s made possible by science, which has already been saving us. Now, though, when disaster strikes, we grasp the complexity of our civilization—we feel the reality, which is that the whole system is a technical improvisation that science keeps from crashing down.
    • We know that our accidental alteration of the atmosphere is leading us into a mass-extinction event, and that we need to move fast to dodge it. But we don’t act on what we know. We don’t want to change our habits. This knowing-but-not-acting is part of the old structure of feeling. Now comes this disease that can kill anyone on the planet. It’s invisible; it spreads because of the way we move and congregate. Instantly, we’ve changed. As a society, we’re watching the statistics, following the recommendations, listening to the scientists
    • ... it is the first of many calamities that will likely unfold throughout this century. Now, when they come, we’ll be familiar with how they feel. What shocks might be coming? there will be more water shortages. And food shortages, electricity outages, devastating storms, droughts, floods - baked into the situation we’ve already created, in part by ignoring warnings that scientists have been issuing since the nineteen-sixties. Some shocks will be local, others regional, but many will be global, because, as this crisis shows, we are interconnected as a biosphere and a civilization.
    • Imagine what a food scare would do. Imagine a heat wave hot enough to kill anyone not in an air-conditioned space, then imagine power failures happening during such a heat wave. Imagine pandemics deadlier than the coronavirus.
    • We are operating a multigenerational Ponzi scheme.
    • it’s meaningful to notice that, all together, we are capable of learning to extend our care further along the time horizon. Amid the tragedy and death, this is one source of pleasure.
    • Even though our economic system ignores reality, we can act when we have to. At the very least, we are all freaking out together. To my mind, this new sense of solidarity is one of the few reassuring things to have happened in this century. If we can find it in this crisis, to save ourselves, then maybe we can find it in the big crisis, to save our children and theirs.
    • Even as an individual, you are a biome, an ecosystem, much like a forest or a swamp or a coral reef.
    • when those of us who are sheltering in place venture out and see everyone in masks, sharing looks with strangers is a different thing. It’s eye to eye, this knowledge that, although we are practicing social distancing as we need to, we want to be social—we not only want to be social, we’ve got to be social, if we are to survive. It’s a new feeling, this alienation and solidarity at once. It’s the reality of the social; it’s seeing the tangible existence of a society of strangers, all of whom depend on one another to survive.
    • A structure of feeling is not a free-floating thing. It’s tightly coupled with its corresponding political economy. How we feel is shaped by what we value, and vice versa.
  • 16th April 2020 Charlie Stross's predictions
    • we're going to see repeated 4-6 week lockdown periods alternating with 2-4 week "business as usual" patches. Somewhere during the second or third lockdown most of the pubs/bars/hotels/restaurants that hibernated during the first lockdown and came back from the dead will give up the ghost: by September-November the damage to about 10-30% of the economy, disproportionately the service sector, will be permanent
    • By September there's going to be social unrest just about everywhere that hasn't nailed down a massive social spending/social security project on a scale that makes the New Deal look restrained and conservative.
Labor is now  more crucial than capital to beat the virus, however individual                                          
workers are expendable. This has to change and the precariat is                                          
rising, from amazon warehouses to instacart supermarkets, from                                           
deliveroo to wal-mart. Precarious workers now have the power although                                    
they are exposed to so many more risks in comparison to white-collar                                     
teleworkers. Health, sanitation, cleaning, retail, delivery, food                                        
workers are the ones we depend on to survive during the monadic                                          
lockdown. No work must be perfomed without protection. Since capital                                     
is callous, the ultimate form of social distancing is the general                                        
strike. Labor must strike to protect society from business. Precarious    
                              people are owed total health coverage, universal social transfers,                                       
hazard and sick pay, protection from anti-union dismissals (see staten                           
       island) but especially a doubling of the wage that reflects their                                        
social value. Bankers and CEOs have never been more useless, it's the                             
      bodies and minds of health temps and gig workers who are saving our asses.
  • OMG financial times turns socialist!!!

Radical reforms — reversing the prevailing policy direction of the last four decades — will need to be put on the table. Governments will have to accept a more active role in the economy. They must see public services as investments rather than liabilities, and look for ways to make labour markets less insecure. Redistribution will again be on the agenda; the privileges of the elderly and wealthy in question. Policies until recently considered eccentric, such as basic income and wealth taxes, will have to be in the mix.”
  • June 1, 2020 "Iceland managed to flatten the curve & it virtually eliminated it" By Elizabeth Kolbert
    • contact tracing, self-quarantine of suspected contacts, massive scale testing
    • the trio talked on TV daily at 2 p.m. “The three of them—the policeman, the doctor, and the epidemiologist—they’re such heroes,” Arnarson said. “They were just calmingly talking to the people, with just the facts and just the basics. There were no politics and no politicians in the way.”
    • this was something that should be led by experts—by scientific and medical experts.” She went on, “And the experts, they were very humble. They were saying, ‘We really don’t know everything about this virus.’ And I think one of the strengths of the process is that we just said, ‘Well, we don’t know what is going to happen next.’ ”


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East and South Approaches

    • Care home deaths, Hong Kong 0
    • Care home deaths, Singapore: 0
    • Care home deaths, South Korea: 0
    • Care home deaths, UK: 22,000
  • ZEYNEP TUFEKCI, MAY 12, 2020
    • "the city’s citizens acted swiftly, collectively, and efficiently, in effect saving themselves. The organizational capacity and the civic infrastructure built by the protest movement played a central role in Hong Kong’s grassroots response."
    • the same protest team behind the candidate information sites immediately created a new website—this time to track cases of COVID-19, monitor hot spots, warn people of places selling fake PPE, and report hospital wait times and other relevant information.
    • In response to the crisis, Hong Kongers spontaneously adopted near-universal masking on their own, ... In response to the mask shortage, the foot soldiers of the protest movement set up mask brigades—acquiring and distributing masks, especially to the poor and elderly,
    • “army of volunteers” also spread among the intensely crowded and often decrepit tenement buildings to install and keep filled hand-sanitizer dispensers.
    • As Taiwan and South Korea show, timely response by a competent government can make the difference between surrendering to a major outbreak and returning to a well-functioning, open society without lockdowns or deaths. But Hong Kong also teaches that people aren’t helpless, even when their government isn’t helpful.


Collection 1:

(& links dump, to be sorted later) From: Original: From: Original: & more:$ From: Original: & From: From: Original: & @davidgraeber: on bullshit jobs & Down to earth: go work on the farm!

Collection 2

Possibilities in a time of epistemic and institutional crisis / jahed momand / Mar 27

    • Tip: Decentralized, Privacy-Preserving, Contact Tracing Without Central Authorities
    • Decentralized, Evidence-Based Community Health Guidelines that Actually Work™
    • 3-D Printing Face Shields, Face Masks, and Sterilizable Stethoscopes: Expanding 3-D Printing Infrastructure to Those Most in Need

Mutual Aid

if people really believed they could participate meaningfully in a mass campaign to care for others and pressure public officials to adopt humane emergency policies, we can be confident that hundreds of thousands would quickly join in.

[historically], it was crucial that participants had a sense that they were part of something larger than the sum of individual efforts. Intentional moves toward unity and coordination help build that collective understanding.

mutual aid, a common story, strategy and structure can allow a mass movement to legitimate political demands that might otherwise be deemed impractical or undesirable, and to compel public officials to adopt them (?) .

ideas like emergency universal basic income, free testing and treatment for all, and suspension of rent and mortgage payments for those unable to pay during the crisis. (FOR ALL!)

But true resilience cannot be achieved alone. Disaster resilience is built on community care and mutual aid.
“Disasters are, most basically, terrible, tragic, grievous, and no matter what positive side effects and possibilities they produce, they are not to be desired … . But disaster doesn’t sort us out by preferences; it drags us into emergencies that require we act, and act altruistically, and bravely.” — Rebecca Solnit, “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster”
    • mutual aid couldn’t be divorced from political education and activism. “It’s not community service—you’re not doing service for service’s sake,” she said. “You’re trying to address real material needs.” If you fail to meet those needs, she added, you also fail to “build the relationships that are needed to push back on the state.”
  • Stale cooper @stalecooper : I hope we're doing more than preserving a world where the middle class Zooms & a rotating cast of poor ppl deliver them sushi & die, & we pump carbon into the air, killing ppl 'out there', til it, belatedly, comes for all but the rich in their domes. but it doesn't feel like it.
Solidarity is not charity. It is the recognition that the struggle of one is the struggle of all.

  • Cassie Thornton : (The Hologram) Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future: A radical new approach to health and caregiving in the age of COVID-19.
    • Book
    • peer-to-peer feminist health network: three people - a 'triangle' - meet on a regular basis, digitally or in person, to focus on the physical, mental and social health of a fourth - the 'hologram'. The hologram, in turn, teaches their caregivers how to give and also receive care; each member of their triangle becomes a hologram for another, different triangle, and so the system expands.

Intersectional Inequalities

Gender Inequalities

    • We need to recognise that ‘staying at home’ doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. For some, homes are a sanctuary. For others, the home is another place of work, where cooking, cleaning and childcare take up the majority of their time and energy. There are many for whom the home is a place of danger, with time outside, if possible, being a respite from abuse. For people with mental or physical illness, for the elderly and disabled, the isolation they may face through being confined to the home can be deeply unhealthy, at times terrifying. Some people don’t have homes at all; being shunted from one sofa to another, sleeping in night shelters or out on the streets are dangerous “options” during this pandemic for those that have few already.
    • Women make up nearly nine in ten nurses, more than eight in ten home health aides, and more than two-thirds of grocery-store cashiers. In other words, they perform the lion’s share of the vital care that we now call “essential” work. At the same time, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, women have been laid off at an outsized rate (a reflection of their concentration within the country’s lowest-compensated, least-secure jobs) and have been forced to reduce their paid hours to look after children at nearly twice the rate of their male partners. As the kinds of labor that sustain life have grown deadlier, women have taken on more of the risk. As paid work and the time to perform it become scarcer resources, men are retaining the better part of both.

Economic Inequalities

  • & paper: "Mobility network models of COVID-19 explain inequities and inform reopening"
    • low-income neighborhoods were hardest hit. The public venues in those communities were more crowded than in more affluent ones, and residents were more mobile on average, likely because of work demands
    • transmission rates were twice as high in low as in higher income areas: Grocers in low-income neighborhoods had almost 60 percent more people per square foot; shoppers tended to stay there longer as well.
    • essential workers had to be on the job, they weren’t working from home
    • Limiting restaurant occupancy to one-fifth of capacity, for example, would reduce new infections there by 80 percent, while preserving some 60 percent of customers. "it does not have to be all or nothing, when implementing restrictions."

Racial Inequality

  • #FightInequality @FightInequality
After the #Covid19 pandemic, we need to create a world in which we are all equal and where there is no hunger and social insecurity.
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Female Voices

  • Women's voices!
 I want to live a good life and I want to risk my life, because I can also lose my life in one night.’ You realise that life has to be lived well or is not worth living. It’s a very profound transformation that takes place during catastrophes.”
there is meaning as well as pain in sadness, mourning and grief, the emotions born of empathy and solidarity. If you are sad and frightened, it is a sign that you care, that you are connected in spirit. If you are overwhelmed – well, it is overwhelming

Attacks on Health Workers

  • (in holland, they are not being payed; they are leaving the profession...)

Unsorted Links

Links for other wiki pages


(open-source wg?)(Labs?!) 

  • => publish labs content on "modelviewculture"?!?!

  • "A Modest Proposal

For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick. by Dr. Jonathan Swift"

  • CommunityRule is a governance toolkit for great communities.
    • Who stewards your community? How do you make and carry out decisions?