Digital City

People get more connected and technology becomes part of our daily life. Between 2014 and 2015 there was a 27% growth of internet traffic in Amsterdam. Eleven out of fifteen Trans-Atlantic data cables are connected with or go through Amsterdam and the AMS-IX is the second largest internet exchange point in the world. In 2016 Amsterdam was ranked second in the European Digital City Index. Do you work on a smarter city? Share your technologies here!

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Wat vind jij? Verdient serious gaming een stevigere plek in het aanpakken van transities?

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Serious gaming is een mooi hulpmiddel voor samenwerking en
besluitvorming in de energietransitie. In de afgelopen jaren hebben we
voorbeelden gezien van spellen die complexe vragen begrijpelijk kunnen maken. Neem bijvoorbeeld de HEAT tool van Alliander, het WE-Energy spel van de Hanzehogeschool Groningen, de sustainability DNA game van de Ceuvel, het Klimaatspel Plan Zuid van de Gemeente Amsterdam en het participatiespel van de Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Stuk voor stuk interessante serious games die ingewikkelde processen van verduurzamingsopgaven eenvoudiger maken.

De Hogeschool van Amsterdam en Amsterdam Smart City zoeken samen hoe we de meerwaarde van serious gaming voor energieprojecten kunnen verhogen. Enerzijds omdat we ons afvragen of de potentie wel volledig wordt benut. Anderzijds omdat opvalt dat structurele toepassing, of op grotere schaal, uitblijft. De zoektocht staat nog ver aan het begin, maar we gaan graag met anderen hierover in gesprek. En daarom vragen we jou om met ons mee te denken.

Voor wie zijn serious games?
Serious games zijn er genoeg, maar ze verschillen in de inhoudelijke focus, schaalniveau en doelgroep. Sommigen gaan uitsluitend over energie, anderen ook om andere aspecten van gebiedsontwikkeling. Daarbinnen kan het gaan over een hele regio of een bepaalde buurt. Omdat de energietransitie gaat om multistakeholder samenwerking, hebben meerdere doelgroepen baat bij het spelen van een serious game over dit onderwerp. Denk aan beleidsmakers en (nuts)bedrijven, die bijvoorbeeld moeten samenwerken om een warmtenet te realiseren.

Een doelgroep die hier niet kan ontbreken is natuurlijk de bewoner. Voor hen lijkt de toegevoegde waarde van serious games nog wel het grootst. Juist vanwege de laagdrempeligheid van een serious game is het bij uitstek een middel om mensen te helpen complexe informatie te begrijpen. Hoe meer je speelt, hoe beter je het begrijpt. En het begrijpen van een onderwerp is een belangrijke voorwaarde om mee te kunnen denken, praten en besluiten over een onderwerp. Een belangrijke reden om dit soort spellen extra serieus te nemen. Bovendien biedt een spel de mogelijkheid om gelijkwaardig met elkaar in gesprek te gaan. Verschillen in sociaaleconomische status zijn eigenlijk niet van belang. Sterker nog, spellen bieden juist gelegenheid om in elkaars schoenen te staan. Het helpt om elkaars perspectieven te begrijpen, of je nu bij de gemeente werkt, bij een netbeheerder, een woningcorporatie, of je huurder bent of woningeigenaar. Zo zijn er nog wel meer voordelen te benoemen. Voordelen die ook kunnen gelden voor andere transities dan de energietransitie.

Kansen
In de praktijk lijken we deze voordelen niet voldoende te benutten. Serious gaming voor de energietransitie is weliswaar op verschillende plekken ontwikkeld, maar in beperkte mate, en niet structureel toegepast. Daar komt bij dat we er ook weinig van weten. Welke spelmechanismes werken en welke niet? Wanneer zet je zo’n spel het beste in? Bij het ophalen van ideeën, de daadwerkelijke besluitvorming, of ook in de evaluatie? Zijn er eigenlijk ook risico’s? Zijn er redenen om serious gaming absoluut niet te willen gebruiken in het energieneutraal maken van wijken?

En dan nu de vraag aan jou!
Om de zoektocht kracht bij te zetten vraag ik namens Amsterdam Smart City onze community om hulp. Hoe kijk jij aan tegen serious gaming als middel om te werken aan transitieopgaven? Zie je de toegevoegde waarde van zo’n game voor buurtparticipatie? En van welke voorbeelden zouden we moeten leren – of wellicht als netwerk moeten door ontwikkelen?

We zijn benieuwd naar je ervaringen! Laat je reactie achter in de comments!

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Barcelona and Madrid: Forerunners in e-governance

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Barcelona is one of the oldest examples of a city that deploys technology as part of its government. Sensor networks have been producing an array of data on transport, energy usage, noise levels, irrigation, and many other topics without having much impact on the life of citizens or solving the underlying problems.

In 2015, Francesca Bria, chief technology, together with mayor Ada Colau started to reverse the smart city paradigm: Instead of starting from technology and extracting all the data we started aligning the tech agenda with the agenda of the cityshe said.

One of the first challenges was using technology to increase ordinary citizen’s impact on policy. A group of civic-minded coders and cryptographers created a brand-new participatory platform, Decidem (which means We Decide in Catalan). For more information watch the video below.

Spain offers more inspiring examples. The city of Madrid has also created a participatory citizen platform, not for chance called Decide Madrid, which is in many respects comparable with Decidem, as this short video demonstrates.

The most important features of both platforms are:

Active participation in policy making
Citizens are stimulated to suggest ideas, debating them, and vote. In Barcelona, more than 40.000 citizens have suggested proposals, which form 70% of the agenda of the city administration. The most frequently mentioned concerns are affordable housing, clean energy, air quality and the public space.
The Municipal Action Plan of Barcelona includes almost 7,000 proposals from citizens. Decidem enables citizens to monitor the state of implementation of each of them to increase citizen’s engagement.

Debating
Decide Madrid and Decidem emphasize the value of being informed as starting point for deliberation. Citizens can start discussions on their own and participate in threaded discussions started by others.
As soon as citizens feel informed and have exchanged opinions voting can start. Both Decide Madrid as Decidemhave a space where citizens can make proposals and seeks support. Proposals that reach enough support are prepared for voting. These votes generally are advising the city council.

Policy preparation
Decide Madrid enables citizens amendment legislative texts. The public is allowed to commend any part of it and to suggest alternatives. This also might result in discussions and the suggestions are used to improve the formulations.

Data governance
Decidem and Decide Madrid are also data portals that show data that have been collected in the city, partly on citizens themselves. Decidem has the intention, because of its participation in the European project Decode to enable citizens to control the use of data of their own for specific purposes.

Hybrid solutions
As not every citizen has a computer or is skilled to use the Internet platforms, both cities combine virtual discussions and discussion in a physical space.

It is not only the traditional rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid that has inspired the development of two comparable systems, independently from each other. It is also the fact that the Spanish people had to fight for democracy until rather recently. Democratic institutions that have long existed in many other countries had to be reinvented, but with a 20th-century twist.

The community of Madrid has developed Decide Madrid together with CONSUL, a Madrid-based company. CONSUL enables cities to develop citizen participation on the Internet quickly and save. The package is very comprehensive. The software and its use are free. CONSUL can be adjusted by each organization to meet its own needs. As a result, Consul is in use in 130 cities and organizations in 33 countries (see the map above) and reaches out around 90 million citizens worldwide.

In contrast with e-Estonia, the topic of a former post, the footing of Decidem and Decide Madrid is enabling citizens to make their voice heard and to participate in decision-making. Both cities offer excellent examples of e-governance. e-Governance reflects the mutual communication between municipal authorities and citizens using digital tools to align decision making with the needs and wants of citizens. Instead, the intention of e-Estonia is to improve the efficiency of the operation of the state.  Both aims are complementary.

I will regularly share ‘snapshots’ of the challenge of bringing socially and ecologically sustainable cities closer using technology if useful. These posts represent findings, updates, and additions to my e-book Humane cities. Always humane. Smart if helpful. The English version of this book can be downloaded for free below.

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FLEXCON 2022 - CO-CREATE FLEXIBLE ENERGY

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📣 Save the date for FLEXCON's 4th edition: FLEXCON 2022!

FLEXCON brings together parties who share the common goal to engage consumers in the flexible energy revolution. The 4th edition of this international event will take place on 24 and 25 January 2022.

3 tracks each day... and more!

Just like in 2017, 2018 and 2020, FLEXCON 2022 will have 3 tracks each day:

      Day 1

  • Energy Systems Interactions
  • Data, Enabling Technologies, Interoperability
  • Smart Energy Workshops

Day 2

  • Commercial and Industrial Scale Solutions
  • E-Mobility, Smart Charging & V2X
  • Smart Energy Workshops

Next to the 3 tracks we have our famous Networking Dinner for partners & organizers, and we have Startups & Idea pitching. Each day will be closed with Smart Energy Drinks.

Join FLEXCON as a partner.
FLEXCON provides a unique platform for businesses, projects, and solutions to showcase their knowledge, strategies, and technologies. Do not miss the opportunity to participate as a partner of FLEXCON 2022! Contact us via the FLEXCON website or via adriaan@flexible-energy.eu.

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ASC Demoday Digital City x Energy

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Demodays are part of our innovation process and intended to boost the progress of the various innovation projects, put requests for help on the table, share dilemmas and involve others in your projects or challenges. We host them every 8-10 weeks.

Invitations are sent but we're always open to adding a few new names to the list. The event is in Dutch.

During Demo days, community members pitch projects and ask for input. In small groups we work on concrete questions. We organize workshops with our partners to get a step further in the process. All in a very positive, open and cheerful vibe.

This time on the agenda:

Pitches:

Zoncoalitie
Originating from the Amsterdam Smart City network, the Zoncoalitie (Solar Coalition) exists for 6 years now. The Zoncoalitie, an association of providers, wants to ensure that every large roof in the Netherlands is used for generating solar energy. Where are they currently working on and what can they do for our network?

LEAP – Amsterdam Economic Board
The goal of LEAP is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable digital infrastructure, using existing and new technologies that contribute to energy efficiency. Essential are integration into the energy system and landscape and the use of circular materials. Here’s an update and news about upcoming events.

Smart City Expo Barcelona – RVO
Between 16 and 18 November there will be another Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. This year the event will be hybrid. The Netherlands is going on a trade mission with a small group of companies and governments to Barcelona. What are the plans?

Workshops:

Energy poverty and the role of data – MRA Bureau & TNO
The MRA Bureau is involved in an EU initiative that tries to get a better grip on the problem of energy poverty. The data shows who is vulnerable for energy poverty and which houses have a bad energy label for instance. Then the question is: How to help? With which intervention? What digitization solutions are there? Smart meters? apps? Think along!

A sustainable and responsible vision of digitization - Amsterdam Economic Board
There are currently data monopolies, the digital economy is not competitive and there is a lot of e-waste and CO2 emissions that come with digitization. Reason to get started with a new initiative: embedding principles about digitization and its influence on the world in an agreement or manifesto. Under what conditions do the parties want to participate? And why wouldn't they do that?

Communication for collective energy saving measures – AMS Institute and Superworld
AMS Institute and the Green Light District are working on a project to encourage residents to collaborate when they invest in energy-saving measures. Think, for example, of joint renovations in the built environment or joint investments. How can you best communicate these options to and with residents?

Want to join? Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments!

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How the public sector can use DLTs for good

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Distributed Ledger Technologies have a lot of potential "as a visible tool that improves the lives of citizens and their communities" and the focus should be on the concrete problems that the public sector faces in delivering services to citizens

“You’re going to have to say, it improves mobility, it improves the fight against climate change, affordable housing, a better city, better participation. It’s not going to be about DLTs.” - Francesca Bria, president of the Italian National Innovation Fund

Metabolic concluded the DLT4EU program in May with the goal to drive innovation in the public sector by connecting the expertise of top-notch entrepreneurs with real-world problems, to create new solutions.

Learn more from the link below.

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International Lightweight Talks including matchmaking

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Be part of the International Lightweight Talks on 21.09.2021 from 2.30 pm until 5.30 pm (CET). Are you looking for business or projects partners? You can book bilateral meetings or exchange with experts on smart city, architecture, mobility and circular economy. To register free of charge please follow the link below. The virtual event is organised by BW_i and Leichtbau BW and supported by the Enterprise Europe Network.
https://www.european-lightweight.com/start/events/registration/eventform/international-lightweight-talks-urban-circular-innovative
Have a look at the programme here: www.leichtbau-bw.de/ilt
In case of questions don't hesitate to contact Eva Gutbrod (eva.gutbrod@bw-i.de, +49711 227 87-947).

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Acid Clouds: een wandeling langs de fundamenten van het internet

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Elke week stijgt onze schermtijd. We swipen, streamen, downloaden, en liken ons suf: een steeds groter deel van ons leven speelt zich online af. Al die data moet ergens worden opgeslagen. Maar waar? Wandel op zaterdag 25 september mee langs de fundamenten van het internet in Amsterdam Science Park en bekijk datacenters van een hele nieuwe kant.

We starten om 11 uur bij outpost planet B op het Science Park. Dit is de plek waar het eerste datacenter van Nederland is gevestigd (SARA Surf). In een interactieve en afwisselende route van ongeveer een uur, met informatie, vragen en gespreksstof, voeren we je langs het verleden en de toekomst van de digitale wereld. Uiteraard helemaal corona-proof! Een selectie van de prachtige foto’s van wel 100 Nederlandse datacenters, gemaakt door Niels Schrader en Roel Backaert, maakt onderdeel uit van de route. Samen met andere wandelaars ontrafel je de geschiedenis en verken je de (digitale) toekomst.

Op zaterdag 25 september 11 uur openen we de buiten-fototentoonstelling Acid Clouds van Niels Schrader (DE/VE, 1977) en Roel Backaert (BE, 1978). Direct aansluitend start de wandeling.

Wanneer: zaterdag 25 september 11 uur

Waar: outpost planet B, Science Park

Nodig: goede schoenen, opgeladen telefoon (voor het interactieve gedeelte), flesje water

Afstand wandeling: ongeveer 2,5 kilometer

Duur wandeling: 1 uur

Expeditie: toekomst
De wandeling is onderdeel van Expeditie: toekomst, een festival vol wandelingen, workshops en talks, waarin de verkenning van de toekomst centraal staat.

Meld je aan

Niels Schrader over Acid Clouds
‘Data zijn het vervuilingsprobleem van het informatietijdperk’, schreef de Amerikaanse cryptografiedeskundige Bruce Schneier in 2015. ‘Dat zette Niels Schrader aan het denken. Samen met Roel Backaert vormt hij het duo achter het project Acid Clouds. Ze brengen datacenters in Nederland in kaart voor hun onderzoek naar de impact van de digitale wereld op onze fysieke leefomgeving. ‘Door de datacenters in beeld te brengen willen we mensen bewust maken van de steeds grotere plek die de digitale wereld begint op te eisen in onze fysieke leefomgeving. Daar zouden meer mensen iets van mogen vinden.’ Lees het interview met Niels Schrader.

Waag Future Lab
Waag is sinds 2021 een Future Lab voor Design en Technologie van Nederland. Waag organiseert in de komende jaren meerdere expedities naar planet B. Hierin zoekt ze naar antwoorden op de sociale, technologische en ecologische uitdagingen van onze tijd. Ze vormen een platform voor ontwerpers, wetenschappers, beleidsmakers en burgerinitiatieven. Elke expeditie, met een looptijd van een half jaar, verkent een deelaspect van een gezamenlijke, gewenste toekomst. De eerste expeditie is een navigator en een routekaart naar de toekomst. Wat verstaan we eronder, wat verwachten we ervan? Waag gaat het land in en gaat met iedereen in gesprek. Wat is voor jou een wenselijke toekomst, wat kun je daar zelf aan bijdragen en wat heb je daarvoor nodig?

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Using drones in a responsible way (event in Dutch)

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Al jaren is de MRA bezig om innovatieve mobiliteitsvormen te toetsen. Er worden ook steeds meer experimenten met drones gedaan. We vinden het belangrijk om te onderzoeken hoe we deze op een verantwoorde manier gebruiken. Wat zijn spelregels rondom het vliegen, wat is proportioneel gebruik, hoe voldoen we aan Tada en hoe communiceren we naar bewoners?

De gemeente Amsterdam en Amsterdam Smart City organiseren daarom Responsible Drones kennis- en designsessies. We starten hiermee op 29 september. Dit is een verkennend en ontwerpend onderzoek naar de verantwoorde inzet van drones in de stad. Dit project is een samenwerking van het Responsible Sensing Lab en het Amsterdam Drone Lab op het Marineterrein.

We hebben persoonlijke uitnodigingen gestuurd, maar willen ook ruimte bieden aan onze community. Laat me hieronder even weten als je erbij wil zijn en misschien hebben we dan wel een plek voor je!

Kick-off
Woensdag 29 september
09.30-12.00 uur
Locatie: we willen het graag in Amsterdam organiseren, maar zijn nog in
afwachting van de regels. Lukt het fysiek niet, gaan we online.

Na deze kick-off volgen drie vervolgsessies in oktober, november en december. De uitkomsten van het onderzoek presenteren we op de Amsterdam Drone Week in januari 2022.

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Data Transparency in Public Space

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands (and virtually) October 6-7

Cities have increasingly been collecting and analyzing data generated from sensors in public space. This conference will explore how data collecting capabilities and uses are made available (and understandable) to the general public.

AMS Institute’s Responsible Sensing Lab and the NWO funded research group BRIDE (BRIdging Data in the built Environment) are coming together to co-host a conference on data transparency in public space.

Scholars, legal experts, city planners, citizens, data scientists, and students will come together to better understand:

  1. The global legal status of data transparency in public space
  2. How data transparency works in practice
  3. Prototypes and ideas for the future based on the needs of the general public and corporate/governmental stakeholders.

Interested in attending?
Get your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/data-transparency-in-public-space-tickets-166607410249

Keynote speakers

Beryl Dreijer - Amsterdam Privacy Officer

Alec Shuldiner - Autodesk Data Ethics Lead

Thijs Turèl - AMS Program Manager Responsible Urban Digitalization

Workshops

Planned workshops and times. Scheduling is still subject to change. It is possible to attend multiple workshops.

Digital Trust for Places and Routines (DTPR) - Enabling greater transparency and civic dialogue on the use of digital technologies in the built environment. October 6, afternoon

Discover the smart sensors of Amsterdam - and beyond, when joining virtually. October 6, afternoon

Over the wall designing - Explore what smart objects mean to different groups of people through completing a design process from different perspectives. October 7, afternoon

For more information about the speakers and workshops go to:
www.utwente.nl/en/bms/bride/DTPS2021/

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10 years of SensemakersAMS: Learnings & a look into the future

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In September the Sensemakers Community celebrates her 10th anniversary. Due to Covid not with an offline party, but online with speakers that will give an overview of (the learnings from) the changing landscape and a speculative look into the future!

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Wandelen naar de toekomst: de smart citizen-wandeling

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De slimme stad, wat is dat eigenlijk? Kan iets dat geen hersenen heeft slim zijn? Waag gaat er vanuit dat niet de stad, maar de burger slim is: smart citizens in plaats van smart cities. Vanaf 23 augustus kun je met het wandelpakket van Waag de smart citizen-wandeling lopen in Utrecht, Rotterdam en Amsterdam. Wandel de stadsroute en ga mee op zoek naar de sporen van de slimme stad!

Meld je aan om het wandelpakket te ontvangen. De wandeling is corona-proof en te doen wanneer het jou uitkomt.

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Event: Privacycafé

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Wat zijn de beste privacy-instellingen voor jouw apparaten? Hoe onthoud je al je wachtwoorden? En wat zijn de beste trucs om zo min mogelijke persoonlijke data te delen? In deze workshop ontdek je hoe je je eigen smartphone of laptop instelt zodat je privacy zo goed mogelijk gewaarborgd blijft.

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e-Estonia: A great example of e-government

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e-Estonia is currently the most ambitious project in technology-assisted policymaking in the world. It includes anybody involved with government and it has changed the daily life of citizens. Almost all public services are involved: Legislation, voting, education, justice, health care, banking, taxes, and police. These are digitally linked to each other via one platform. Only for marriages, divorces and real-estate transactions, a visit to the town hall is mandatory.

The country’s ICT-infrastructure has been developed by government, along with a few Estonian companies. The state has been the driving force behind this project and has attracted the best specialists of the country. Below, I mention some of the features of the project.

Infrastructure

Estonia has developed an ICT-infrastructure – the Government Cloud - that all government agencies and most companies use. This makes possible almost perfect interoperability in accordance with the highest level of IT Security Standards (ISKE).
To be protected against external cyberattacks, such as in 2007, there is a full back-up. This is in a datacenter in Luxemburg, which has an internationally accepted status as ‘embassy’.  It works under Estonian state control and can take over the most critical services seamlessly.

Data protection

Data is not stored centrally. Instead, the government data platform, X-Road, connects individual servers via end-to-end encrypted pathways. In the Estonian system any individual owns all information that is recorded about him or herand any use that is made of it is recorded.
This video explains how X-road works.

 The backbone of Estonia’s digital security is a blockchain technology called KSI. It is designed in Estonia and applied worldwide today.  It guarantees complete privacy and excludes anyone from manipulating the data. KSI blockchain technology documents all actions in the system and protects information without access to the information itself.
The technology has been developed together with Guardtime, a company founded in 2007 in Estonia, that has exporting the system globally and therefore has offices around the world.

The Dutch Judicial Information Service (Justitiële Informatiedienst) has chosen Guardtime’s KSI Blockchain technology for integrity assurance of new e-services. The blockchain integration ensures transparency, verifiability and security of the information that is processed in government systems.

Voting

Whereas most technology advanced countries still let people vote with pen and paper or use primitive voting machines, from 2007 Estonia applies e-voting for parliament election and elections at municipal level.
With e-Voting, voters can cast their vote from any computer with an internet connection anywhere in the world: During a designated period, voters log in to the system with an ID-card or Mobile-ID, and cast a ballot. To ensure anonymity, the voter’s identity is removed from the ballot before it reaches the National Electoral Commission, which counts the votes. Every system of remote voting, including traditional ballot papers sent by post, risks buying or enforcing someone’s vote. Estonia’s solution is the possibility to change his or her vote later with only the last vote counting.

Streamlining decision-making

Governmental bodies at all levels use a paperless information system – e-cabinet – that has streamlined decision making and reduced the time spent on meetings with 80%. Well before the start of a meeting, participants view the agenda items and determine their opinion. If they have objections or want to discuss the subject, they click on a box. The opinions of all participants are therefore known in advance. If there are no objections, decisions are taken without debate.
This video below demonstrates the operation of e-cabinet.

Residency program

Like many other European states, the population of Estonia is shrinking. Increasing the number of babies is complicated, so a digital residency program was launched in 2014, in style with the Estonian e-government project. Any foreigner can become Estonian resident without ever visiting the country and can participate in Estonian services, such as banking. Estonia has liberal rules for technological research and the lowest corporate tax rates in the European Union.
About 28.000 people have applied for an e-residency, including many owners of small businesses from the United Kingdom who want to be based in the EU.

The footing of e-Estonia is – according to the government – to facilitate and improve the life of citizens and to make the government more efficient. This goal certainly has been achieved. The total amount of savings is calculated at 2% of GNP.

Technology can play a role in improving the quality of the formal organization, decision making, the provision of services and the relationship with all stakeholders. In this context, concepts such as e-government (digital government) and e-governance are often used. Estonia offers a great example of e-government. For e-governance - the mutual communication between municipal authorities and citizens using digital tools - we better take Spain as an example, as I will explain in a next post.

I will regularly share with you ‘snapshots’ of the challenge to bring social and ecological sustainable cities closer using technology - if helpful. These posts represent findings, updates, and supplements of my e-book Humane cities. Always humane. Smart if helpful. The English version of this book can be downloaded for free below.

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Waag @ Ars Electronica Festival 2021

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How do we deal with digital technology? Ars Electronica 2021 is looking for answers. The festival for art, technology and society offers hundreds of online sessions on September 8-12, consisting of talks, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, concerts and tours.

Register

Since its first edition in 1979, the Ars Electronica Festival has been held in Linz, Austria. This year is a hybrid edition for the second time in its history. Ars Electronica can be visited both on site in Linz and remotely in the 'gardens', consisting of over 120 locations worldwide.

Amsterdam is one of the gardens, from which Waag participates in Ars Electronica 2021 as an organizer of several events. Find the overview on the website.

What is it about?

This year's topic has arisen from the rapid digital transformation of recent decades, making the digital world an ever-expanding part of our social habitat. But, there are issues to be dealt with. How can we 'fix' the digital world, get to grips with our problems, and what will it take to restore the balance?

For whom?

  • Artists
  • Tech developers
  • Researchers
  • Media art lovers
  • Anyone interested
Online event from Sep 8th to Sep 12th
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Exhibition: Bits of You

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Exhibition: Bits of You

The Studio presents the Bits of You exhibition. This new exhibition, which is intended for adult audiences, conveys a sense of how our lives are being impacted by the data traces we leave behind each and every day. It also shows how this differs from one person to another.

Step by step, the exhibition’s six pavilions will give you a sense of how our data is processed by algorithms to generate a range of predictions about our identity and behaviour. Immerse yourself in a vortex of data rings, browse through a gender recognition algorithm, develop a feel for the subtle impact of digital profiles, and get a glimpse of a data-driven future. Encounter ten people who each describe a different data experience, then ask yourself ‘Do I really resemble my digital profile?’.

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Event: Big Data Casino

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Geef je meer om privacy of om winnen? Hoe veel van jouw persoonlijke data wil jij delen met de mensen aan de roulette tafel?
Het Black Box Bellagio is een casino dat geen geld aanneemt, maar uit is op jouw vrijheid, integriteit en persoonlijke gegevens. Speel met de (on)eerlijkheid van verwachte kansen en ontdek welke persoonlijke gegevens jij wilt delen met je medespelers. Tijdens het spel kijk je op een alternatieve manier naar jouw persoonlijke data. Deze avond wordt live begeleid door een jazzband.

NEMO Science Museum's picture Masterclass / workshop on Nov 25th
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Event: Help, ik ben een database!

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Weet een algoritme wat ik wil voordat ik dat zelf weet? Met de komst van de informatietechnologie gingen we ons brein opvatten als een computer en onze genen als ‘de code van het leven’. Nu wordt ons hele leven in digitale stukjes opgeslagen in databases, die met behulp van algoritmes worden geanalyseerd. In deze lezing vertelt filosofische antropoloog Jos de Mul over de consequenties hiervan voor ons zelfbegrip, onze vrijheid en onze verantwoordelijkheid.

NEMO Science Museum's picture Lecture / presentation on Nov 18th
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Event: Moral Machine

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Tijdens deze speelse dialoog van het Moral Design Lab ervaar je hoe algoritmes steeds vaker ethische beslissingen voor ons nemen. Onder leiding van moderator Leon Heuts en diverse experts: Danielle Arets en Bart Wernaart (Fontys & Design Academy Eindhoven).

NEMO Science Museum's picture Lecture / presentation on Nov 11th
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Event: Digitale technologie in de gezondheidszorg

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Hoe dragen robots, Big Data en kunstmatige intelligentie bij aan de gezondheidszorg? In deze lezing vertelt Martijn de Groot, medisch bioloog en hoofd van het Radboudumc Health Innovation Labs over de steeds verder gaande integratie van de mens met technologie. Wat betekent dat voor de zorg? Wat zijn de kansen en bedreigingen? Waar komt die technologie vandaan, waar staan we nu, en waar gaat het mogelijk naar toe?

NEMO Science Museum's picture Lecture / presentation on Nov 4th
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Big Data pubquiz

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Welke Trump-tweet is echt en welke is nep? Hoeveel MB aan datasporen laten we per persoon dagelijks achter? En herken jij de deepfake-video? Doe alleen of met een team mee aan deze enige echte pubquiz over Big Data!

NEMO Science Museum's picture Lecture / presentation on Oct 28th