I loved and hated Pecha Kucha

I did my first talk in Pecha Kucha format at Facebook South Asia safety summit.    I loved it.  Because I could use only 20 slides of 20 seconds each. Slides need to be mostly of pictures/diagrams and may be few words. Which means I have only 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell my story. I immediately loved this format which induces brevity. I prepared for 4 days. Rehearsing over and over, removing all unnecessary words to get that perfect story. I have never pushed myself to a talk like this. It is hard to find time with all the work circling around. For that I am so thankful for pecha kucha format. I was so ready. I was excited. Until I went on stage and saw a timer ticking in front of me all the time. I hated it. It was not TED type, where they start the timer at 16 minutes. No, this was a 20 seconds

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Brevity and clarity is hard work

I’ll be speaking at Facebook South Asia safety summit in Delhi on Monday. Right now, I’m in Delhi and preping for my first talk in Pecha Kucha format. It’s simply creating 20 slides of 20 seconds each. Total speaking time of 400 seconds or 6 minutes 40 seconds. Slides should preferrably have images and may be few words. No bullet points. Brevity and sharpness is real hard work. I thought 400 seconds is easy. I am completely wrong and rudely surprised. There’s a famous story about Einstein. When he was requested to do a 10 minute speech he had asked for few days to prepare. The organiser then asked “how much time would you want to prepare if I asked you for a 2 hour speech?” Einstein had said “if it is a 2 hour speech I can do it right now.” Brevity and clarity is extreme hard work. I had to keep on removing ideas and thoughts until there

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Safety first, online.

Yesterday I started helping a friend of mine to recover his facebook account. The process is still on. His account is hacked. The linked email account is hacked too. The hacker is sending messages to his friend list asking for weird things. This can easily happen to you. There were recent hacks in to many accounts of FB. But hey, it is not just FB, there are multiple breaches every day in many digital services. Have a good digital hygiene. Here’s a previous post of mine. Change your password. Make it a better password.  I have posted this earlier too. If you or a friend of yours is affected by hacking and online harassment, drop me a email ( isura.silva@gmail.com ) with details and links.

Do we really care about our data ?

It’s 3 days since the facebook data hack. It appears there’s so much more to the consequences than we thought. Because facebook is larger than life with more than 2 billion accounts and we are so connected to it for our daily work and life, we carry on despite all the warnings out there. The activists, governments and policy makers do not have much leverage in the face of rapid fire technological advances. There’s a concern, but nobody seems to know how to keep ourselves connected and secure at the same time. Let’s try with basic hygiene as a starter in this blog post. So what can we do to gain some control of our FB data ? Beginner Steps: I strongly suggest you, Change FB password now. Don’t use facebook login for other apps like airbnb, booking.com, spotify etc. At least in future don’t use facebook login for other apps. Advance Steps: Go to  Facebook’s ‘Security and login’ page in

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I was logged out of Facebook

I was at a conference today (September 28, 2018). I wanted to post something on Facebook. In my phone, I felt some kind of a lag when opening facebook app. Then FB app logged me out and asked me to log in . Strange, I thought. I typed my password and logged in. Then FB messenger asked me to do the same thing. Weird, I thought. Back home, I opened facebook on my laptop. FB logged me out and asked me to log in. Again. Then a news article caught my eye. I immediately changed my password. Facebook Network is Breached, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk More than 90 million Facebook users were forced to log out of their accounts early Friday, a common safety measure taken when accounts have been compromised. Facebook said it did not know the origin or identity of the attackers, nor had it fully assessed the scope of the attack. The company said

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Digital Detox ( facebook and twitter)

For the past 2 weeks, I formed a new habit. Once in a week, I’ll have a 24 hour vacation from facebook and twitter. Which means one day out of a 7 day week, I’ll be out of facebook and twitter. I questioned my self and got the answers. Here they are. Q: Why just facebook and twitter? Why not email and chat apps? facebook and twitter are the most addictive time wasters for me. Keeping a tab on that is really digital detox for me. Q: How do you select the day ? I select the day I can afford to be off the grid. I select the day I have to be off the grid. Which means the day I need to be full productive ( Or fully reflective) and also the day I can afford to be offline, which is when I feel people will need lesser interaction with me. This requires judgement. I also mention that

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