ThingsCon Log for 9 Oct 2017

Lots of event updates from Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Nairobi & Shanghai. Let's dive right in! ThingsCon Amsterdam: The annual conference

Don't miss ThingsCon Amsterdam (30 Nov - 1 Dec): The biggest & best ThingsCon event world-wide with two full days of workshops and presentations. Already confirmed speakers include a star line-up including Alexandra Deschamp-Sonsino, Martijn de Waal, Nazli Cila, Dries De Roeck, Jet Gispen, Kars Alfrink, Peter Kún, Ugo Vallauri and Iohanna Nicenboim, and many more. Sign up today!)

We just saw excellent ThingsCon Salons in Berlin and Amsterdam.

Team Antwerp is getting ready for ThingsCon Saloon Antwerp: Comedy Special (24 Oct). Held at Antwerp's venerable Lebowski's Comedy Club, this world-premier ThingsCon comedy special is subtitled "Poking fun at design practice anno 2017. Because laughing at yourself opens up a whole new world of ideas." What's not to love? Secure your ticket here.

In Shanghai, Charlie 胡烨川 will be hosting ThingsCon Salon Shanghai #2 on 29 Oct. More details soon.

And finally, we can confirm that before the end of the year we'll have a ThingsCon event in Nairobi. We're super excited this is happening. Details soon!

Keep an eye on for details.

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  • FixFext 2017 (London, 6-8 Oct).: Our friends at The Restart Project are organizing FIXFEST, a global gathering for community repair. It should be absolutely lovely.
  • Mozilla Festival (London, 27-29 Oct). Our good friends & collaborators at Mozilla are hosting their annual global festival for the open internet. It's always fantastic.
  • Underexposed (Berlin, 8-9 Nov). Our friends at SimplySecure bring their conference Underexposed to Berlin this fall. The theme this year: Deep Forgetting: Designing for Privacy in a World of Machine Learning. The preliminary program looks ace, with lots of friendly faces, allies and collaborators (including our very own Peter Bihr).


Department of Dystopian Data futures:

  • Your Data is Being Manipulated. Over at Data & Society, an xcellent read by danah boyd on data, data manipulation, and the new role of a tech scene that has truly grown up and needs to take full responsibility for its actions. (That's all of us!) For me, this just about sums it up perfectly: "The tech industry is no longer the passion play of a bunch of geeks trying to do cool shit in the world. It’s now the foundation of our democracy, economy, and information landscape."
  • Why The Public’s Love Affair With Silicon Valley Might Be Over. The Public updated their relationship status: "It's complicated."
  • Unethical design by negligence. Emma Lilliestam outlines the prerequisites for an Ethical End User License Agreemenet (EULA) under the principle of Informed Consent, and relate it to the upcoming European privacy legislation GDPR.

Department of Better Data Futures:

Department of AI Futures:

  • Estonia considers a 'kratt law' to legalise Artifical Intelligence (AI). Estonia is known for its 'firsts'. This article explains Estonia's push for a multi-stakeholder process to establish the groundwork for AI regulation. It's worth reading not just to see how Estonia keeps pushing the boundaries, but also regarding the use of cultural artefacts and metaphors in exploring new technologies.

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