Happy Birthday Baby!
We are one! Wow, just when you are having funnnnnnn….
EXACTLY one year ago, we said we need a special kind of magazine, one that is centred around us as digital citizens, our personal data and how we interact online. It was not only to build a community of people who cared, but also to inform one another and learn together. Too often what we hear in the news is either over hyped, scare mongering or biased towards some agenda or another, leaving out necessary details.
So we started MadHATTERs and I can’t believe we are one year old today! (See the first issue).
When we curate the news in this space, you will notice that we won’t hold back the punches, if indeed punches are needed. But we aim to explain the complexity as well. Because most news of this nature isn’t always straightforward. And often, because we have academic roots, we try to also explain why certain things happen the way they have… In a way that you and I can relate to as a person, perhaps with a little snide humour thrown in.
Have we achieved it? I think we have, but you, wonderful reader, is always the judge and the jury. We may not always get it right, but we try – with our slightly flippant if not snarky attitude while telling the news – probably because we don’t believe any news is objective and since it’s us telling it, we might as well tell you our biases! The first issue of MadHATTERs laid that bare….
“We're totally biased – towards personal data/digital empowerment, greater control, privacy, security, confidentiality and freedom. But we are pro-innovation, pro-economy; yes, some problems are complex, there are loads of tensions and we need innovation!”
We still have much more to do and MadHATTERs will be shape shifting quite a bit in 2018 (starting with a brand new look), so stay with us and enjoy the ride y’all!