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A year without conferences
nature.com/articles/d41586-020
“You can’t just suddenly make a conference be online.” why not?

@daz china put 400K kids online w classes overnight

@daz Well, there's the usual "socialization while at the conference" issue (people visiting friends in person).

The big thing I've seen is that some conferences have talks that involve viewer participation, which is a bit more awkward to do for talks online. You might as well just have someone do a livestream and post it on YouTube, as there'd really be no point in the conference itself at that stage.

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