Monthnotes for December 2019

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Like I wrote in the last monthnotes, November to January are blocked out for research and writing. That said, there was a bit of other stuff going on outside heads-down writing, most notably the annual ThingsCon conference.

I also wrapped up my Edgeryders fellowship. I’m grateful for the opportunity to pursue independent research into how we can make smart cities work better for citizens.

ONGOING WORK

I’ve submitted the final pieces of writing for a Brussels-based foundation. The final report should be out soon. This is roughly in the area of European digital agenda & smart city policy.

With a Berlin-based think tank, a research project is in the phase of final write-up of results and conclusions. This will likely take us well into January, then on to collect some more feedback on the final drafts. More updates when I have them. This is in the area of responsible AI development.

A more recent project around impact of smart cities on labor rights has kicked off in December. Lots of research and writing to do there well into January.

EVENTS

We held the annual ThingsCon conference in Rotterdam. There we also launched our report on the State of Responsible IoT (RIoT). The keynotes are available online, too. This event is one of my dearest; it’s a fantastic community. Thanks so much to our local team who makes this possible year after year.

WRITING & MEDIA

I’m mostly focused on writing my contributions to the research reports mentioned above. In the meantime, I was happy that Bruce Sterling mentioned the RIoT report on his blog, and Coda Story interviewed me for their list of Authoritarian Tech Trends 2020.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Lots of research and writing this month and next, so that means heads-down focus time for a little bit, splitting my time between writing and meetings to finalize those reports.

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