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Speaking about responsible IoT & user rights

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Happy to announce that I’ll be speaking at not one, but two excellent conferences this fall about a topic I care deeply about: A responsible IoT and users’ rights. In other words, how we can make sure the Internet of Things works for everyone?

Das ist Netzpolitik!
On 1 September 2017 I’ll be speaking at Netzpolitik‘s annual conference Das ist Netzpolitik! (program), in German, about tensions inherent in the power dynamics of IoT as well as the regulatory environment: Das Internet der Dinge: Rechte, Regulierung und Spannungsfelder.

Underexposed
On 9 November 2017, also in Berlin, I’ll be at SimplySecure‘s conference Underexposed (program). My talk there is called The Internet of Sneaky Things. I’ll be exploring how IoT security, funding and business models, centralization and data mining, and some larger challenges around the language we use to consider the impact of data-driven systems combined all form a substantial challenge for all things related to IoT. But it’s not all bleak. There are measures we can—and through ThingsCon, we do—take.

I’m very much looking forward to both events, and to chatting with the other participants there. These are some great communities. If you’re there, please don’t be shy, so come and say hi!

ThingsCon Salon Berlin July videos are up!

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On 14th July we had another ThingsCon Salon Berlin. You can learn more about upcoming ThingsCon events here.

Here’s the presentations!

Gulraiz Khan

Gulraiz Khan (@gulraizkhan) is a transdisciplinary designer who works on civic engagement. As an urbanist, he is interested in developing grassroots engagement methods that can help communities thrive through political and environmental flux. He is currently working as a Lecturer in Communication & Design at Habib University in Karachi, Pakistan. Prior to this, he received an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons The New School for Design in New York. He also serves at the Assistant Director for The Playground, the Centre for Transdisciplinarity, Design and Innovation at Habib University.

Peter Bihr

Peter Bihr (@peterbihr) gave a few remarks about the trip and available for an informal chat about Shenzhen.

Screening of View Source: Shenzhen

We screened the brand new video documentary about the ThingsCon trip to Shenzhen. Produced by The Incredible Machine with support from the Creative Industry Fund NL, this is the video counterpart to the written View Source: Shenzhen report we just published and shows the journey that The Incredible Machine had when trying to build a smart bike lock in Shenzhen.

Hope to see you soon at a ThingsCon event near you!

ThingsCon Salon Berlin & Shenzhen

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Last night we had the third ThingsCon Salon Berlin (see all ThingsCon events).

To set up the Berlin premiere screening of The Incredible Machine‘s Shenzhen video documentary, I shared some impressions from the hardware ecosystem in Shenzhen, Huaqiangbei market, and our experience there. The slides consist mostly of photos, but I hope you’ll enjoy them.

The documentary is based on our recent joint trips to Shenzhen, as is the report I wrote about it, View Source Shenzhen.

Here’s the documentary, too:

ThingsCon Salon Berlin (March 2017) is a wrap!

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Note: This is cross-posted from the ThingsCon blog.

We just held the first of our freshly started series of ThingsCon Salons Berlin.

You can find all recorded talks in the Youtube playlist ThingsCon Salon Berlin (March 2017) as well as embedded below.

Our speakers for the salon were the amazing trip of Jon Rogers (Mozilla Open IoT Studio / University of Dundee), Rachel Rayns (creative technologist, crafts expert, #vanlife aficionado), and Davide Gomba (Casa Jasmina). A big thank you for contributing to this Salon. Also a big thank you to Babitha George of the Indian design research studio Quicksand who would have been speaking had her visa not being revoked in the last second due to a hotel booking miscommunication. We missed you and hope we can invite you over soon!

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Room mate wanted: Join us at our new office!

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We have a spare desk at our lovely space at Aufbauhaus, where we (the loosely organized KANT Berlin crew) are shareing an office space with the good folks of Syspons.

Sign pointing to Aufbauhaus from the subway

We’re looking for a sociable person to share the space with, who doesn’t mind committing for a bit of time. Preferably someone with similar interests and maybe even complimentary skills: We’re one software developer (Will), one game designer (Alper) and one consultant/conference organizer (Peter), so we’re all working in tech, more or less, on the fringe to other industries.

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18 days to ThingsCon

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Over on the @ThingsCon twitter account I just sent out a tweet:

T minus 18 days to go! Sign up today at http://thingscon.com

Eighteen days to the event. And even though there are still (always) tons of loose ends, we’re now down to the polish. The program kicks ass, the speaker lineup is truly humbling, the team is well organized.

It is so much easier this year. Almost indescribably so. Last year, same time, I was heavily involved in not one but three events that would all go down almost back to back: NEXT, which I curate; UIKonf, which I co-chaired that year; and on top of that, ThingsCon, which we had just launched that year on short notice ]and completely bootstrapped.

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