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Presenting the Trustable Tech Mark at Magic Monday

During our recent workshop weekend at Torino’s Casa Jasmina, the experimental open source smart home of the future initiated by the team around ThingsCon alumni Bruce Sterling, Jasmina Tesanovic, and Davide Gomba, Michelle Thorne and I were invited to speak at Magic Monday, their local IoT meetup. It was a lovely home coming for us; 3 years ago, we happened to be the first “external” guests at Casa Jasmina right when it had been opened, and kicked off this very event series, too.

I shared an update of what’s been happening over the last 5 years of ThingsCon, and mostly did a deep dive into where we stand with the Trustable Tech mark initiative.

ThingsCon Salon Berlin (4 April 2018) Presentations

We just had a ThingsCon Salon Berlin with two fantastic speakers: Cathleen Berger and Chris Adams. Both explored various aspects of GDPR and what it might mean for responsible IoT.

Cathleen Berger: Privacy & IoT

Cathleen Berger is currently leading Mozilla's engagement with Global Internet Fora. In this position, she is tasked with identifying emerging trends around privacy and security, digital inclusion and literacy, openness and decentralisation in order to remain aware and ahead of global tech policy developments. Moreover, she is participating as an expert in the Transatlantic Cyber Forum, looking in particular into encryption and government hacking. Prior to this, she worked within the International Cyber Policy Coordination Staff at the German Foreign Office where she was in charge of divising strategies for Internet Governance, promoting human rights and freedom online, as well as drafting policy concepts for capacity building and digital development.

Learn more: bio, twitter

Chris Adams: OMGDPR

Chris Adams is an environmentally focussed tech generalist, spending the last ten years working in tech startups, blue chip companies and government, as a user researcher, product manager, developer, sysadmin and UX-er. He runs Product Science, a small product development consultancy, and lives in Berlin. In 2017 he created the Planet Friendly Web Guide, to help people who build the web build greener digital products and services. Chris is the instigator of OMGDPR, a community-run, open space event in Berlin for practitioners who build digital products or services, to learn from each other about GDPR will affect their organisation, and by extension, how they work.

Learn more: website, twitter.

Our thanks to the speakers & to Mozilla Berlin for hosting us in their lovely office.

As always, you can find all our upcoming events on thingscon.com/events and by following us on Twitter (@thingscon).

ThingsCon Log (29 August 2017)

Join ThingsCon at Copenhagen Tech Fest // ThingsCon Comedy Special // Annual ThingsCon Amsterdam Conference // ThingsCon e.V.. EVENT UPDATES

COPENHAGEN will run a first ThingsCon Salon Copenhagen as part of Copenhagen Tech Fest in September (details). Get your tickets here. Thanks for bringing ThingsCon to Copenhagen, Irina Shklovski!

Speakers in Copenhagen include:

  • Dr Lachlan Urquhart, research fellow at University of Nottingham in Information Technology Law, working between human computer interaction, technology law and digital ethics.
  • Kajsa Westman, UX designer at Topp, has a background in industrial design at consultancies like frog design and currently works with user experiences at Topp designing for the complexity of mixed physical/digital interactions.
  • Irina Shklovski, associate professor at the IT University of Copenhagen in the Technologies in Practice research group, coordinator of the VIRT-EU project.

Salons are also in the making in Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, and we're hearing whispers of a whole slew of new events and chapters across the globe. Hopefully more soon! 🔥🔥🔥

Speaking of Amsterdam:

  • On October 4, ThingsCon Amsterdam teams up with University of Twente, which is specialized in High Tech - Human Touch. The Salon will focus on Intimate Technology. (Details and sign-up.)
  • Our annual ThingsCon Amsterdam conference is scheduled to take place on 30 November and 1 December. With two full days of workshops and presentations, this will be our biggest event to date. (Details and sign-up.)

ThingsCon Comedy Special Antwerp:

In a true first for ThingsCon, Team Antwerp (Dries de Roeck & Wim Janssens 🙌) will try out a new format: A ThingsCon Special for IoT & design comedy. On 25 October, at Antwerp's Lebowski comedy club, this ThingsCon Special is all about ridiculing design practice anno 2017 in order to better understand what we do. Secure your tickets here.

Keep an eye on thingscon.com/events for details.

We're on a mission to massively increase the footprint of the ThingsCon community, including 5 in the global South. Learn more about how it works and get in touch to start your local chapter, right now!

THINGSCON e.V.

ThingsCon's German members association, ThingsCon e.V., is officially live! We're still wrapping up some paperwork like opening a bank account, but you can find the articles of association and some more background on thingscon.com/ev. This will make it a lot easier to interface with other organizations for advocacy, fundraising and partnerships. Yay!

A big thank you to Prof. Andrea Krajewski (Hochschule Darmstadt), Michelle Thorne (Mozilla Open IoT Studio) and Ricardo Brito (The ThingCast, IoT Service Kit), who helped our original core team (Emanuel Schwarz, Max Krüger, Simon Höher, Peter Bihr) by joining us as founding members of the members association.

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Google's balloon-powered High Speed internet now in Kenya is a solid intro to Google's Project Loon.

Sonos says users must accept new privacy policy or devices may "cease to function". This is a nice example of what not to do. Each and every IoT product that makes headlines like these undermines trust in both the company and in the overall ecosystem. But let's face it: This kind of power dynamic shouldn't even be possible to unfold. Which is why we do what we do here at ThingsCon.

Drones will watch Australian beaches for sharks with AI help. I couldn't imagine a better use for drones.

Towards a General Understanding of Culture. ThingsCon alumnus Boris Anthony proposes a framework for understanding culture(s). As strong believers in the shaping power of both culture & unconscious biases, we found this one 💯.

Also, don't forget to spend some time near the ocean. It'll do you good.

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ATTEND

Underexposed: 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):

  • Caroline Sinders: UX Design Can Create Transparency for Machine Learning
  • Cennydd Bowles: The Shadows of Data
  • Julia Kloiber + Elisa Lindinger: Biased Machines - Why Diversity in Tech is More Important Than Ever
  • Marcel Schouwenaar: Transparent Charging Station: Because You Have the Right to Know Who’s in Charge
  • Max von Grafenstein: The Meaning of “Design” in Privacy by Design
  • Peter Bihr: Internet of Sneaky Things
  • Sarah Gold + Projects By If: Design and Trust Meetup
  • Yasmina Lopez Lluch: Educating Privacy-Minded Designers

If you're in town, swing by and say hi!

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Are you on Slack? Drop us a line with your email address and we'll be happy to see you in the ThingsCon backchannel on Slack (info@thingscon.com). And if you have community news (events, projects you're working on, resources you'd like to share, etc.) send them our way. And as always, for any news follow us on Twitter!

Have a fantastic week!

On behalf of the whole ThingsCon team,

Your scribe Peter

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ThingsCon Log (15 August 2017)

ThingsCon News

Copenhagen Tech Fest; New Chapters; Interviewed on Ethical IoT;

We're on a mission to massively increase the footprint of the ThingsCon community with 15 new chapters, including 5 in the global South. Learn more about how it works and get in touch to start your local chapter, right now!

EVENT UPDATES

The quiet before the storm: We're currently in the planning phase for fall events. While we still need to confirm most exact dates, we know that...

  • COPENHAGEN will run a first ThingsCon Salon Copenhagen as part of Copenhagen Tech Fest in September (details). Thanks & welcome to the family, Irina Shklovski!
  • Salons are also in the making in Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne.
  • We're excited that there are also (as of yet to be confirmed) whispers of new events and chapters in the US, in the UK, Kenya, and the Philippines.

Keep an eye on thingscon.com/events for details. On that page you'll also find more info on how to get involved and bring ThingsCon to your city. There's also a gCal feed for all ThingsCon events.

PUBLICATIONS, INTERVIEWS, COVERAGE

Interview on Ethics for IoT:

Markus Andrezak of überproduct kindly invited ThingsCon co-founder Peter Bihr to his excellent podcast Stories Connecting Dots to talk about ethics for the Internet of Things. You can listen to it (and find links to iTunes, RSS feeds and all the other goodness) here.

Our report featured on Wired:

We were very happy and excited recently that our report on the State of Responsible IoT (see below) was featured on WIRED!

Screenshot: wired.com

Also, a reminder of two recent publications:

  • ThingsCon Report: The State of Responsible IoT We recently released version 1.0, available here. We intend this to become an ongoing project that will grow over time. So if you have something to contribute, please let us know.
  • View Source: Shenzhen, our written documentation about our two recent research trips to the Shenzhen hardware ecosystem, is out, too. This report is part documentation, part Shenzhen handbook, part exploration of opportunities for responsible IoT. Find the report here.

The Human Tech Report

Our global community of experts keeps an eye out for responsible tech so you can have a quick-to-scan overview of what's noteworthy, smoothly delivered to your inbox once a month. To follow along, sign up now, and if you know of initiatives that should be included, please reach out to Max!

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In First, Do No Harm: Taming the Gods of the Anthropocene, our friends over at Doteveryone share some great thinking as part of their mission to make technology more responsible. They've certainly been on a roll, so if you don't yet follow Doteveryone on Medium, you're missing out.

The Restart Project's podcast recently turned 5. Congratulations, and enjoy.

ATTEND

Underexposed: 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):

  • Caroline Sinders: UX Design Can Create Transparency for Machine Learning
  • Cennydd Bowles: The Shadows of Data
  • Julia Kloiber + Elisa Lindinger: Biased Machines - Why Diversity in Tech is More Important Than Ever
  • Marcel Schouwenaar: Transparent Charging Station: Because You Have the Right to Know Who’s in Charge
  • Max von Grafenstein: The Meaning of “Design” in Privacy by Design
  • Peter Bihr: Internet of Sneaky Things
  • Sarah Gold + Projects By If: Design and Trust Meetup
  • Yasmina Lopez Lluch: Educating Privacy-Minded Designers

If you're in town, swing by and say hi!

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Are you on Slack? Drop us a line with your email address and we'll be happy to see you in the ThingsCon backchannel on Slack (info@thingscon.com). And if you have community news (events, projects you're working on, resources you'd like to share, etc.) send them our way. And as always, for any news follow us on Twitter!

Have a fantastic week!

On behalf of the whole ThingsCon team,

Your scribe Peter

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Videos of ThingsCon Salon Cologne July are up!

On July 8th, ThingsCon Salon Cologne featured talks by Prof. Andrea Krajewski and Matt Patterson. See upcoming ThingsCon events here. Prof. Andrea Krajewski

Andrea Krajewski (@krajewski) is an industrial designer, speaker and blogger. Since 25 years she is fascinated by the changing role of design in innovation processes. In 1994 she co-founded 360° - a design agency with an interdisciplinary approach, designing products at the border of digital and analogue media. In 2002 she was appointed as a professor for the Design of Interactive Media Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt. Here she established the interdisciplinary study course Interactive Media Design the UX-Lab and the THINGS-Lab – the current centres of her research.

Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson (@fidothe) is a sometime designer, developer and CTO interested how products get made - by people, process, and technology. Most recently, he was CTO of Berlin-based streaming-media startup tape.tv. He's been poking at what industrial production and design might look like if access to 3D printing, CAM equipment like CNC mills, and laser cutters continues to spread, and is wondering what happens when the throw-away software culture of 'traditional' tech startups has to co-exist with the 50-year operational service of the 'traditional' built environment.

ThingsCon Salon Berlin July videos

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 Log (3 July 2017)

Join us in Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne and Darmstadt. Today we bring you: Four ThingsCon events over the next two weeks. Two reports. Lots of good reading tipps, and maybe a funding opportunity.

EVENT UPDATES

Keep an eye on thingscon.com/events for details. On that page you'll also find more info on how to get involved and bring ThingsCon to your city. There's also a gCal feed for all ThingsCon events.

Don't see your city on the list? Start your local chapter, right now! We're on a mission to massively increase the footprint of the ThingsCon community with 15 new chapters, including 5 in the global South. Learn more about how it works and drop us a line!

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY?

The European Commission has a potentially interesting grant out right now: Cybersecurity PPP: Privacy, Data Protection, Digital Identities. We are pretty sure the ThingsCon community has a lot to offer in this space, especially around data protection and digital identities. We'd love to pitch in, but we're not currently set up to head this kind of proposal. Maybe your organization is in a position to take the lead and is looking for partners on the content side of things? Let's have a chat!

IoT TRUST MARKS

Exploring potentials and challenges of IoT consumer labels. We're digging ever deeper into IoT trustmarks and opportunities in this space. If you have a few minutes, your input would be great to have! Jumo to the survey.

PUBLICATIONS

ThingsCon Report: The State of Responsible IoT

We've been working with a bunch of experts from all corners of the ThingsCon community to compile a report on the state of responsible IoT, and how to address the biggest challenges in that space effectively.

We recently released version 1.0. Find it at bit.ly/riot-report!

We intend this to become an ongoing project that will grow over time. So if you have something to contribute, please let us know.

View Source: Shenzhen

View Source: Shenzhen, our written documentation about our two recent research trips to the Shenzhen hardware ecosystem, is out, too. This report is part documentation, part Shenzhen handbook, part exploration of opportunities for responsible IoT.

This wouldn't have been possible without our friends over at The Incredible Machine or without the support from the Creative Industry Fund NL, as well as all the help from our local hosts. Thank you!

Find the report at thewavingcat.com/viewsource-shenzhen/. Also, the upcoming round of ThingsCon Salons will premier the video documentary that The Incredible Machine have been producing about our trips!

The human tech report

Our global community of experts keeps an eye out for responsible tech so you can have a quick-to-scan overview of what's noteworthy, smoothly delivered to your inbox once a month. To follow along, sign up now, and if you know of initiatives that should be included, please reach out to Max!

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MIT Technology Review: We Need to Talk About the Power of AI to Manipulate Humans. How do we react to bots? "As I studied how people interacted with the tens of thousands of agents built on our platform, it became clear that humans are far more willing than most people realize to form a relationship with AI software."

NYTimes: The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence. Forget about AI taking over: The challenges of AI on society are much more concrete. "Unlike the Industrial Revolution and the computer revolution, the A.I. revolution is not taking certain jobs (...) and replacing them with other jobs (...). Instead, it is poised to bring about a wide-scale decimation of jobs — mostly lower-paying jobs, but some higher-paying ones, too."

Digital Life Collective. A super fresh initiative in the UK, the Digital Life Collective develops, funds and supports technologies created with only the individual's needs in mind. "We're member funded, member owned, and member operated, for everyone's benefit... digital technologies of, by, and for the people." You can still join as a founding member.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Are you on Slack? Drop us a line with your email address and we'll be happy to see you in the ThingsCon backchannel on Slack (info@thingscon.com). And if you have community news (events, projects you're working on, resources you'd like to share, etc.) send them our way. And as always, for any news follow us on Twitter!

Have a fantastic week!

Let's start 15 more ThingsCon city chapters!

ThingsCon is a complete community effort driven largely by volunteer work. And that's a feature, not a bug! This community has a seat at the table because lots of us show up when important decisions are made, and when the future of this industry is discussed. The weight of a community in discussions with industry, policy makers, and all the other groups depends largely on its footprint: The more relevant (however you want to measure it) and the more consistent its positions, the more weight it has.

Part of that footprint is the regional distribution and the number of active chapters. Currently, this is what the ThingsCon map looks like:

This map shows where ThingsCon events happened in the past or are currently planned.

This is an impressive map right there—especially considering that ThingsCon has only started spreading in its current iteration in 2016!

So now we'd like to take it to the next level. We know from dozens of conversations that there are lots more cities kind of just bubbling under the surface, with active community members considering taking the leap to host their own event. If you're one of them, now's the time! And there are dozens more cities that we simply don't know about yet. Maybe you're in a city without a ThingsCon Salon? Why not start one now!

We're hoping that by the end of 2017, we'll see 15 new chapters, including 5 in the global South! Combined with the existing chapters, this could easily make for a total of 50 more events just this year!

We can't offer any financial support. But in just about everything else, we can help you get started. It's a fantastic community and starting a chapter is an incredibly rewarding thing to do. We, the founding team, volunteer our own time, too, to host Salons in our current home cities (Berlin, Cologne, and soon Siegen). We wouldn't miss it for anything!

For a first impression, here's a list of what running a ThingsCon Salon entails: thingscon.com/events/getinvolved/. For a list of currently planned events, see the /events page.

Come on board and join the family!

ThingsCon Log (19 June 2017)

We have 2 new reports for you, and 4 ThingsCon events coming up in July! With four events in just one month we're about to hit a new record monthly high. We hope to see you in Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, or Darmstadt. Until then, why don't you dig into our two new reports: The State of Responsible IoT & View Source: Shenzhen. EVENT UPDATES

  • ThingsCon Salon Amsterdam: 5 July. Details and registration.
  • ThingsCon Salon Cologne: 8 July. Details and registration.
  • ThingsCon Salon Darmstadt: 13 July. Details soon!
    Our first-time host (and long-time community member) Andrea Krajewski writes: "Der Salon wird im Rahmen der „iF – Interactive Future Exhibition“, der Werkschau der IMD-Studierenden des Mediencampus der Hochschule Darmstadt stattfinden. Die Werkschau läuft vom 12.-14. Juli. Vormittags präsentiert das 4. Semester die im Sommer entstandenen IoT-Projekte. Am Nachmittag gibt es ein Vortrags- und Workshop-Programm."
  • ThingsCon Salon Berlin: 13 July. Details and registration.

Keep an eye on thingscon.com/events for details. On that page you'll also find more info on how to get involved and bring ThingsCon to your city. There's also a gCal feed for all ThingsCon events.

START A THINGSCON CHAPTER IN YOUR CITY!

We've seen the ThingsCon community grow immensely these last couple of years. We'd like to take it even further and broaden the footprint of this fantastic community. This is the best way to really make a difference and help shape the larger discussion around a responsible and human-centric Internet of Things.

If there isn't a ThingsCon event near you yet, why not start one? It's easy! Think about a small meetup every month or two, and then take it from there. We're here to help!

Learn more about how it works and drop us a line!

NEW THINGSCON REPORT: THE STATE OF RESPONSIBLE IOT

We've been working with a bunch of experts from all corners of the ThingsCon community to compile a report on the state of responsible IoT, and how to address the biggest challenges in that space effectively.

We just published version 1.0. Find it at bit.ly/riot-report!

We intend this to become an ongoing project that will grow over time. So if you have something to contribute, please let us know.

You can find the content on Medium, as a PDF download, as well as on Github (in case you want to go to the source).

VIEW SOURCE: SHENZHEN

Speaking of publications—View Source: Shenzhen is out, too. Remember, we went to Shenzhen to explore opportunities for collaboration between European Internet of Things practitioners and the Shenzhen hardware ecosystem—and how to promote the creation of a responsible Internet of Things.

This report is part documentation, part Shenzhen handbook, part exploration of opportunities for responsible IoT.

This wouldn't have been possible without our friends over at The Incredible Machine or without the support from the Creative Industry Fund NL, as well as all the help from our local hosts. Thank you!

Find the report at thewavingcat.com/viewsource-shenzhen/.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD OF RESPONSIBLE TECH?

Our global community of experts keeps an eye out for responsible tech so you can have a quick-to-scan overview of what's noteworthy, smoothly delivered to your inbox once a month. Issue #2 just went out. To follow along, sign up now!

HELP CREATE AN IOT MARK

For the second time (after 2012), our friends and frequent collaborators Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Usman Haque convened the Open IoT Assembly in London, this time to start the process of creating an IoT mark to make it easier for consumers to make an informed decision about which connected products to invite into their lives.

As a reminder, the 2012 convening drafted the Open IoT Definition—not only did it find its way into the internal guidelines of one of the world's largest electronics manufacturer, as we learned from Bosch Software Innovation VP Stefan Ferber (who participated in both the 2012 and 2017 events). We also noticed that the GDPR resembles the doc we drafted in significant ways. This is an important reminder that decisions are made by those who show up...

Creating an IoT trust mark or consumer label is an important next step. Pitch in by contributing to this collaborative document.

READ/WATCH/LISTEN

ThingsCon Salon May: Watch Ricardo Brito's and Henrik Chulu's talks from ThingsCon Salon May in this Youtube playlist.

Laura James: Exploring what "responsible technology" means. Over at DotEveryOne, the excellent British charity for digital literacy and inclusion, Laura James shares some thoughts on how to approach the often fuzzy and hard to grasp concept of responsible tech. Something we also think about constantly!

Emma Lilliestam: Open IoT definition—thoughts and suggestions. As a remote contribution to the #IoTMark event in London, Emma Lilliestam explores IoT marks and regulation with a focus on security.

Are we improving our cities at the expense of privacy? How to balance the potential improvements of smarter (or at least more connected) cities with the privacy concerns brought about by feature creep?

Pew Research: The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications? (PDF) When Pew Research publishes a new report it's always worth skimming.

Dough Universe: ThingsCon alumni Tech Will Save Us have a new Kickstarter up to help teach kids about electronics with play dough. 15 days left!

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Have a fantastic week!

On behalf of the whole ThingsCon team,

Peter

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The ThingsCon Log

We've been writing a newsletter twice a month for quite a while now. So far, this was the easiest way to get a quick-to-read overview of activity across the global ThingsCon network (that is, in addition to following in real-time on Twitter). But not everybody likes newsletters. Hence, we present The ThingsCon Log: The same overview of ThingsCon activities as the newsletter, but right here in your browser. Let us know if it's helpful! Join one of 4 ThingsCon events in July! With four events in just one month we hit a new record monthly high. We hope to see you in Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, or Darmstadt. And there's more!

 

EVENT UPDATES

  • ThingsCon Salon Amsterdam: 5 July. Details and registration.
  • ThingsCon Salon Cologne: 8 July. Details and registration.
  • ThingsCon Salon Darmstadt: 13 July. Details soon! Our first-time host (and long-time community member) Andrea Krajewski writes: "Der Salon wird im Rahmen der „iF – Interactive Future Exhibition“ – der Werkschau der IMD-Studierenden des Mediencampus der Hochschule Darmstadt stattfinden. Die Werkschau läuft vom 12.-14. Juli. Vormittags präsentiert das 4. Semester die im Sommer entstandenen IoT-Projekte. Am Nachmittag gibt es ein Vortrags- und Workshop-Programm."
  • ThingsCon Salon Berlin: 13 July. Details and registration.
  • London: The London Salon has been postponed (more details soon). However, as part of our participation in the Open IoT Definition (16 June) by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Dries de Roeck, Max Krüger and Peter Bihr will all be in London. We're thinking about just finding a nice pub to have a chat about all things connected over a refreshing drink on the afternoon before the event (15 June). It'll be a short-notice affair; ping us or keep an eye on Twitter for details!

Keep an eye on thingscon.com/events for details. On that page you'll also find more info on how to get involved and bring ThingsCon to your city. There's also a gCal feed for all ThingsCon events.

UPCOMING: A ThingsCon Report on The State of Responsible IoT

We've been quietly working with about two dozen community members and experts from all walks of IoT on a report on the state of responsible IoT, and how to address the biggest challenges in that space effectively. We're in the copy-editing phase now and hope to publish the final results in June. Stay tuned!

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD OF RESPONSIBLE TECH?

Our global community of experts keeps an eye out for responsible tech so you can have a quick-to-scan overview of what's noteworthy, smoothly delivered to your inbox once a month. Issue #2 just went out. To follow along, sign up now!

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Simon Höher: Process Festival 2017 When he's not wearing his ThingsCon hat, our co-founder Simon also runs .process, an excellent festival about the creational processes around creative, tech and related fields. And .process #2 just happened last weekend! Here Simon shares his impressions.

The Verge: Essential Home is an Amazon Echo competitor that puts privacy first This story about a more privacy-focused smart home hub is practically free of actual concrete announcements, but it certainly is a laudable notion. As the creator of Android, Andy Rubin certainly has the cred to pull off something big. The idea of a more decentralized, secure, and user-controlled smart home technology stack certainly has its appeal—if that is in fact what Essential is planning to build.

Nextgov: FEDS: Internet of Things potential must be weighed against risks A recent report compiled by the Government Business Council interviewed found that federal technology employees are enthusiastic for the concept of IoT—the Homeland Security Department is already investing in wearable devices that can sense the wearer’s vital signs—but argued the public and private sectors must collaborate to protect the network from hacking. Also, federal agencies (especially Homeland Security) already use the Internet of Things... (via Council)

Photos: Thingscon Shenzhen 2017 Frank Korpershoek's photo album from our recent ThingsCon trip to Shenzhen is full of goodness.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Are you on Slack? Drop us a line with your email address and we'll be happy to see you in the ThingsCon backchannel on Slack (info@thingscon.com). And if you have community news (events, projects you're working on, resources you'd like to share, etc.) send them our way. And as always, for any news follow us on Twitter! Have a fantastic week!