Issue 18: Stan Swamy, Afganistan, Modular Type Scale, this and that

CRUELTY: The tribal rights activist 84-year-old Father Stan Swamy is no more. As The Hindu mentioned, 'A death that was simply allowed to happen1’. It is a stain in the Indian democracy2, as noted by UN Human Rights Expert. Julio Ribeiro mentions it as Blood in their (Our) hands3 and even appeals to his readers to contact Swedish Academy to consider Stan Swamy for Nobel Peace Prize. The timeline of Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad is available here4.

CODE: Github’s Copilot is criticized5 for using Open-source licensed codes6 to train the AI system. While some people claim that it’s not illegal7, there is no clarity yet. One thing for sure is that Github never respected8 licenses while training their Copilot.

POLITICS: The US is withdrawing from Afganistan, and that means only one thing. They lost the war after spending billions, similar to what happened in Vietnam9. Listen10 (in Malayalam) to Stanly Johny,11 International Affairs Editor of The Hindu, and author of The ISIS Caliphate12, discuss the same.

DESIGN: Anish Sheela13 shared a Slide14, that was supposed to be made in 2013 as an internal doc for Google, which they claim is the first step to Google's Digital Wellbeing initiative15. Interesting read.

TYPE: I tried experimenting with the Modular Type Scale16 for a personal project. It was interesting to find good articles explaining the concept17. Also, I found this tool18 and this Figma extension19 helpful.

EXTRA READS: Every design is a system20 and Attention as Tetris Blocks21 

1

https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/a-death-foretold-on-activist-stan-swamys-death/article35179643.ece

2

https://thewire.in/rights/stan-swamys-death-india-human-rights-record-un-expert

3

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/blood-on-their-hands-280307

4

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/bhima-koregaon-elgar-parishad-timeline-events-151798

5

https://analyticsindiamag.com/why-are-people-criticising-github-copilot/

6

twitter.com/mitsuhiko/status/1410886329924194309

7

https://juliareda.eu/2021/07/github-copilot-is-not-infringing-your-copyright/

8

https://cybre.space/@tindall/106539167944483388

9

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/07/09/is-biden-haunted-by-vietnam-should-he-be/

10

https://www.thecue.in/cue-talk-time/2021/07/10/american-war-in-afghan-possibilities-of-taliban-return-stanly-johny-explains

11

https://twitter.com/johnstanly

12

https://www.amazon.in/ISIS-Caliphate-Syria-Doorsteps-India/dp/9387471551/

13

https://github.com/anishsheela

14

http://www.minimizedistraction.com/

15

https://wellbeing.google/

16

https://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/how-to-establish-a-modular-typographic-scale--webdesign-14927

17

https://medium.com/sketch-app-sources/exploring-responsive-type-scales-cf1da541be54

18

https://type-scale.com/

19

https://www.figma.com/community/plugin/741231992144144738/Font-Scale

20

https://uxdesign.cc/every-design-is-a-system-28bb9bf028b7

21

https://walkintheforest.com/Garden/Attention+as+Tetris+Blocks