Facebook wearables and the urge of ambient privacy

Facebook wearables and the urge of ambient privacy

Facebook has a new research project, Aria. Under the pretext of leading the way to the next generation of AR and VR wearables, it brings the problem of privacy to a whole new level, space. In a way, we can thank them. Maybe it will help to accelerate the birth of a...
The case for a European data economy: panel at NGI Summit

The case for a European data economy: panel at NGI Summit

On Monday, I had the pleasure to moderate the opening panel of the NGI Summit (full video here). It was a roundtable about the data economy with Ingrid Schneider (Professor of Political Science at the University of Hamburg), Sylvie Delacroix (Professor in Law and...
How Wikipedia pages influence the real-world

How Wikipedia pages influence the real-world

The other day I went down a rabbit hole about Wikipedia’s real-world impact. The conversation was originally around women’s presence on Wikipedia and what could be done to increase it, since like it or not, Wikipedia is a fundamental source of information, so...
The Ofqual case: a precedent for protesting algorithms?

The Ofqual case: a precedent for protesting algorithms?

Hundreds of A-level students in the UK protested on August 16 in Parliament Square and outside the Department for Education against the downgrading of exam results. Their “Fuck the algorithm” motto was directed against the ADMS that downgraded the 35.6% of...
Smart billboards: the real-life cookie

Smart billboards: the real-life cookie

Clear Channel is bringing its smart billboards to Europe (in the US they are active since 2016). They use anonymised mobile phone data to give advertisers better insights on where to place street billboards and follow up on consumer behaviour. The company claims they...