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    Digital technologies for the future of the water sector? Examining the discourse on digital water

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    Global climate change increases the uncertainty about water, its availability and quality. Thus, the water sector is being transformed to react to the rising water demand as well as climate change and water quality issues and is transitioning into its so-called „fourth revolution“: aiming towards a more sustainable and resilient management of water, whilst simultaneously encountering the mega-trend of digitalisation. Through adopting digital technologies, the sector has the opportunity to address the 21st-century water risks early on as the new technologies will increase the knowledge of water supply, water demand and other water data which can be used to inform public policy or new investments. In this paper, I critically examine the discourse on digital water and how it is expressed, through the lens of Political Ecology. This is enriched through insights of Science and Technology Studies (STS). The discourse on digital water is characterised by two distinct argumentative pathways: On the one hand, technological solutionism presents digital technologies as the only solution to the challenges within the water sector, and on the other hand, socio-technical imaginaries of the future which constitute digital water as a new pathway within the water sector. This portrays a positive and optimistic future for the development of the water sector which is achieved through the implementation of digital technologies

    Digitized patients: elaborative tinkering and knowledge practices in the open-source type 1 diabetes "looper community"

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    In this article, I explore knowledge practices in increasingly digitized, data-driven, and personalized health-care settings by empirically focusing on the “looper community” in type 1 diabetes. This community develops and uses open-source automated insulin delivery systems and frequently criticizes slow innovation cycles and data monopolies of commercial device manufacturers. Departing from the literature on patient knowledge, I argue that studying these knowledge practices at the intersection of digitized and personalized health care, open-source innovation, and patient activism calls for an expansion of the theoretical notions of patient knowledge. Empirically I map out three knowledge practices: technical, including maintenance and repair work; recursive, including the building and maintenance of adjunct care and support structures; and methodological, including scientistic forms of self-experimentation. I propose “elaborative tinkering” to foreground the nuances of when and how patients’ different forms of knowledge practices intertwine and when they are kept apart. This approach offers new concepts for understanding what it means to know as patients in spaces of (chronic) self-care, innovation, and activism

    §96: Hinzuziehung von Sachverständigen

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    Wie helfe ich meinem Kind, lesen und schreiben zu lernen?

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