Police do not prevent crime

Police do not prevent crime

One of the best kept secrets of modern life (…) is that police do not prevent crime. The quote is from Police for the Future by the expert in criminal justice and policing David Bayley. The book was written more than 20 years ago, in 1996, but it is still of great...
Divide et impera

Divide et impera

It is a great temptation to picture the digital divide as somebody walking hours to load Internet Explorer on Window 95 in a remote hut. Unfortunately, the digital divide takes also the shape of your aunt forwarding pseudo-science on Whatsapp. Last year I worked on...
The EU Digital Policy package: a recap

The EU Digital Policy package: a recap

Today was the day. The European Commission presented its digital policy package.   The first meta-component is an overarching strategy for the digital society, which has three objectives: tech should work for people; fair and competitive economy; open, democratic and...
4 Things to watch out for in 2020

4 Things to watch out for in 2020

#1 Big corps making themselves the default option in further fields. Amazon Braket provides a single environment to design, test, and run quantum algorithms without having to setup and manage infrastructure and code. Amazon is also working on Sidewalk, a new wireless...
Environmental Intelligence and Deep Adaptation

Environmental Intelligence and Deep Adaptation

What if an AI acting as “environmental manager” were to transform the planet regardless of human interest? “A central argument made by those encouraging the uptake of AI, is that data-driven systems can depoliticize or neutralize decision making. Extended to the...
Everyday geopolitics: cloud, IoT and smart spaces

Everyday geopolitics: cloud, IoT and smart spaces

A while ago I organised a panel discussion around the working concept of “spaces in-between”, an attempt to put a name on what is left out of the pure binary logic of algorithms and pretentiously “objective” data-driven inferences. At the time I was mainly thinking of...