Data sharing with the US might end up as a moot point as Privacy Shield itself may (rightly) get the axe (https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/privacy-and-surveillance/how-irish-court-ruling-could-affect-us-spying)
@cypnk Depends where you live. In the EU we have more rights than US citizens and can demand that our data is permanently deleted. (Whether or not that applies to derived data is a gray area. And without algorithmic transparency and audits, how this is enforced/policed is another gray area.) Under GDPR we’ll be gaining further rights to limit data collection/retention (same caveats as before apply). None of it is enough to properly protect us, but some good first steps.
Speaking at Nesta FutureFest in July
I’ll be talking about how we can move beyond surveillance capitalism in Europe to fund and create alternative ethical technological infrastructure that’s not mired in Silicon Valley’s toxic business model.
Eurocities meeting in Ghent kicking off.
Smart Citizens, not Smart Cities
Tune in tomorrow at 14:15 CEST for the Eurocities meeting livestream to watch my keynote titled “Smart Citizens, not Smart Cities” and learn about the work we’re doing with The City of Ghent.
(And here are a few slides to whet your appetites…) ;) https://mastodon.ar.al/media/5nV-FfmN_W6uJWafeeQ https://mastodon.ar.al/media/0pq30jj1m_bVGwR7rgQ https://mastodon.ar.al/media/hcm74DyVk7Qn6pXUd7Q https://mastodon.ar.al/media/_1_qlPOpiqdZxTWoNlc
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Smart Citizens not Smart Cities
On Tuesday, I’m presenting a keynote at the Eurocities Knowledge Society Meeting in Ghent on our work with The City of Ghent in Belgium that aims to empower the citizens of Ghent with free and open, federated, and interoperable technology that they own and control.
Whenever you hear the “smart” prefix, ask “who is getting smarter about whom?”
Our work with The City of Ghent aims to enable citizens to become smarter about themselves.
Best part of this article about my talk today at #nextm (as far as I can tell from machine translations): “Resumé asked Google and Facebook for a response. Both declined.”
(Worst part: that photo. My goodness!) ;)
Our work with the City of Ghent on our Indienet project (https://indienet.info) gets a shout out in this month’s New Scientist, in Jacob Aron’s article titled “Stop being the product.”
“On the face of it, [it] sounds a lot like the old web, where people created simple pages hosted on computers they controlled. The crucial difference is that it used to be difficult to put things online without technical know-how – which is partly why easy-to-use services like Facebook are popular.”
“Today at Facebook [art] works to create the illusion that the public sphere and the firm are one and the same. It is precisely this illusion on which surveillance capitalism depends.” – Fred Turner
This is spot on and an engrossing read on how surveillance capitalism works to legitimise itself via its aesthetics.
great #essay on how "surveillance-based for-profit media such as Facebook" are co-opting artistic narratives:
"The arts at Facebook: An aesthetic infrastructure for surveillance
by Fred Turner
The Universal Declaration of Cyborg Rights (https://cyborgrights.eu) gets a shout out in Cosmos Magazine:
(Although the focus of the article is on the traditional/sci-fi definition of cyborg that’s limited to people with implanted technology whereas I argue that anyone who uses modern technology today is a cyborg. That distinction has important implications for personhood in the digital and networked age. See: https://ar.al/notes/the-nature-of-the-self-in-the-digital-age/)