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Tallinn, May 2018. The Estonian capital is hosting the annual Tallinn e-Governance Conference, organized by the renowned e-Governance Academy: half research institute, half consulting company specialized in digital transformation, it is one of the flagships of Estonian global soft power, based on its capacity to show the way to a fully digital state.

The Estonian success story is now well-known worldwide. This small Baltic republic, with its 1.3 …


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👋 Hello all,

The 13th issue of this letter is the last: the monthly read is ending now. Or rather, it is changing into something new. I’ll explain everything below.

First, I wanted to share with you a list of some of the articles I had in store for potential future issues of the monthly read. Take your pick! All past letters remain available on my Medium page.

🎓 Education
Yuval Noah Harari on what the year 2050 has in store for humankind (Wired UK, August 2018)
Finland’s grand AI experiment (Politico, January 2019)
The skills kids need to avoid getting fooled by fake news (Mashable, October 2018)

⛓ Decentralization & Cryptocurrencies
Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble (The New York Times, January 2018)
Decentralization: the next big step for the world wide web (The Guardian, September 2018)
Software Is Reorganizing the world (Wired, November 2013)
South Korean millenials are reeling from the Bitcoin bust (The Verge, April…


The August’19 issue of my newsletter about tech & politics

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👋 Hello all,

The Monthly Read is celebrating its first birthday today (🎂), with an issue that I decided to keep short as the summer is ending for most of you, but that still features 3 great articles I hope you will find as thought-provoking as I do.

🗞 The topic for August 2019:


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Deux sœurs de la fratrie Lyons en pleine pause thé-clope-réflexions sur l’état du monde.

Years and Years, coproduction de la BBC et de HBO signée Russell T Davies (Doctor Who), est sortie au mois de mai avec une saison de 6 épisodes bouleversants d’une heure chacun. Elle retrace la vie des Lyons, une famille de Manchester, de 2019 au début des années 2030, dans un monde post-Brexit et post-Trump de plus en plus instable et illisible.

La série n’a rien d’un ovni, et reprend beaucoup de codes de la dystopie ou d’autres genres. On pense nécessairement à Black Mirror pour la critique de la technologie, The Handmaid’s Tale pour la montée de nouvelles formes d’extrémismes, peut-être à Mr Robot, mais aussi à des séries plus légères sur les évolutions de la société façon Modern Family. …


The June issue of my newsletter about tech & politics

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👋 Hello all,

Welcome to the 10th issue of the Monthly Read!

As I suppose you *all* noticed, there was no issue last month. In fact, this letter will be bimonthly until further notice. I’m having less time for readings that are not directly related to my field of work — and I would like to think of ways to share what I’m learning here… But that would be for later still.

In the meantime, here’s an issue about a topic you probably wouldn’t have expected to see covered here. …


The April issue of my monthly newsletter about tech & politics

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👋 Hello all,

Welcome to the 9th issue of the Monthly Read!

I suspect some of you were expecting me to write about this month’s topic… And here it is.

🗞 The topic for April 2019:


The March issue of my monthly newsletter about tech & politics

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👋 Hello all,

Welcome to the 8th issue of the Monthly Read!

This issue will be relatively brief — with a selection of 3 articles that are much shorter than what I’ve had you accustomed to.

Too brief to cover the whole topic, but I still hope this will help you understand what political polarization is (and what it isn’t).

🗞 The topic for March 2019:


The February issue of my monthly newsletter about tech & politics

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👋 Hello all,

Welcome to the 7th issue of the Monthly Read!

This month, let’s carry on with the topics you told me would interest you via the poll last November.

Also, last call to fill the short form and give your feedback about this newsletter. You can also directly reply to me!

🗞 The topic for February 2019:


The January issue of my monthly newsletter about tech & politics

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👋 Hello all,

Welcome to the sixth issue of the Monthly Read, the first one for this brand new year!

As promised, I am now taking into account the preferences you expressed through the poll I shared a couple months ago. Among the list of potential topics I suggested, “Cities” came second. I hope this month’s selection will interest you accordingly.

Also, with the December issue, I opened a short form to hear your feedback about this newsletter. Your contributions are still welcome!

🗞 The topic for January 2019:


The December issue of my monthly newsletter about tech & politics

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Hello all,

Happy Holidays to you ✨ and welcome to the fifth issue of the Monthly Read!

Thank you all for voting last month on you favorite potential topics for this letter. I will take the results into account for the next issues. But today, as the timing is somewhat special, I wanted to have a letter that was a bit different.

I selected 3 of my favorite reads of the last months, that are directly related to the topics I like to address here, but that I didn’t think could be included in the next issues. A best of 2018 with various subjects, if you will.

Before starting a new series of letters in 2019, I would like to know a bit more about what you think so far, and how you imagine the perfect Monthly Read to be. …

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