Tom Scott-Redford

Hello! I work in digital and IT professionalism with a particular interest in communications, the Web, and social media. Education and the natural and built environments (not to mention good food) are particularly close to my heart.

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  • #caturday Perfect afternoon for basking in the sun 🌞
  • I could not agree more with this XKCD: 👴 I have a list of restaurants I won't dine in at because of terrible acoustics that make it impossible to hear anyone clearly.
  • As I understand it, the Chinese translation says no eating or drinking in this restaurant. I suppose I'll just enjoy the view then!
  • Last year, the Center for Medicare Advocacy issued a special report that stated, “Although most AI-powered decision-making tools claim to offer only recommendations that are not intended to substitute for clinical or medical judgment or for Medicare law, in the Center’s experience, users often implement the tools’ recommendations without any critical examination of their impact on patients.” When healthcare is decided by algorithms, who wins? - The Verge
  • But, fair play to Rotterdam: “[We] consider it very important that other governments and organizations are aware of the risks of using algorithms,” says Rotterdam’s de Rotte. “We decided to give you maximum insight into the model, not only because of our desire to be an open and transparent organization but also to be able to learn from the insights of others.”


  • A More Complete Picture on New Tech and Society
    I’ve had a few interesting conversations in the last couple of weeks that have ended up at the same conclusion: we can talk tech until the cows come home, but the really interesting debates—the debates that are too often absent, especially from the Silicon Valley perspective—are not from the sciences.
  • Media literacy I’ve had this link in my reading list for a while, but it is quite timeless. I think we have a sense of the media landscape having found its footing after the upheaval of the internet’s arrival, but really, I think the last 20 years have only been the beginning of our reckoning of […]
  • Building a Block Theme
    I’ve been [badly] writing WordPress themes for this blog since sometime around 2006 or 2007. With new block themes supported, I've tried an experiment to recreate my classic theme for full-site editing.
  • Everyday AI
    I got the idea to try these weekly posts after realising how many links I was saving while browsing the Web. It isn’t my goal with this little project to provide a comprehensive exploration of an area, more of a stroll through the bits that interest me just now. So with my excuses out of the way, HyperThursday 2 is about AI, or to be more precise, how we live with AI.
  • Hypertext
    I'm trying something new here. Rather than write a screed about how we should all get on bicycles and take up blogging again, I'm going to share some links to things I found interesting on the Web this week. It might become a (kind of) weekly thing and probably will go out on Thursdays. So, lets start with the natural habitat of links, or hyperlinks: hypertext.