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If you are a user of voice assistants, you have probably experienced misunderstandings, especially if you are a woman or have an accent. One of the reasons behind misunderstandings is bias in voice biometrics. This is not a problem if you’re a white US male, but for the rest of us, voice-based systems may be biased.
If you use Google Assistant, whether you use the Assistant App, use Google Home, or Google Nest, you can help mitigate bias in voice biometrics by donating your voice records.
In the process, you will be able to explore your data before committing to donate it.
To do so:
- Download a copy of your Google Assistant records (See detailed instructions)
- Upload your data to our Data Donation Platform and explore it
- Decide what exactly you want to share and donate your data!
We will use the donated data to develop design guidelines and construct an evaluation dataset that reflects real-life usage conditions of voice biometrics technology. In addition, you can participate in a follow-up interview to delve into your personal experience with voice assistants and further explore your data.
This project is part of my PhD research and your contribution would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to reach out :)
The EIT-KIC project CityFlows aims to improve the liveability of crowded pedestrian spaces through the use of Crowd Monitoring Decision Support Systems (CM-DSS) to manage pedestrian flows. Amsterdam, Milan and Barcelona are the three CityFlows project test sites where various innovative crowd monitoring techniques will be evaluated in real-life settings. These tests will take place where large crowds meet, such as mass events, tourist spaces and transfer hubs. The CityFlows project also prepares a CM-DSS for market launch which incorporates state-of-the-art monitoring techniques.
One of the goals of the CityFlows project is to build a community of crowd-management researchers and practitioners which supports knowledge sharing between the various stakeholders. To this end, in 2020 we hosted a webinar series focused on knowledge sharing.
Now, we are putting out an open call for crowd-management best practices and are looking to collect international best practices.
Do you have a crowd-management solution or project which you would like to showcase to peers, policy makers and the public?
We invite all stakeholders, including public authorities, companies, start-ups, and knowledge institutions to share their crowd-management innovations and lessons learned.
A selection of the cases will be featured in a “Best Practices for Crowd-management” digital showcase.
Submitting your crowd-management solution / project is possible via this short form by providing answers to the following questions:
- What crowd-management technologies were deployed in the project?
- How did you turn data into actionable information? What key insights were gained from the project and how did this help improve managing crowds?
- How did you deal with privacy and other ethical challenges in your project?
- What were the main challenges encountered and how did you overcome them?
- What are the most important transferable lessons learned (positive or negative) from the project? What can other cities / stakeholders learn from this experience?
Please complete submission by 18:00 on Friday, December 10th.
For questions and more information about this call for solutions please contact:
For those of you who know, Marineterrein Amsterdam has been a test area to explore responsible counting of crowds (big and small) in a living lab environment. Summer temperatures are bringing large numbers people to the Marineterrein to cool off - but earlier this winter / spring, the crowd monitor revealed some fun facts about how people made use the inner-city living lab during the Covid19 lockdown.
This summer we’re collecting feedback from the Marineterrein community and the general public. Have you ever been to the Marineterrein? If so, how do you feel about counting people in public space? In this 1 minute survey we ask 5 simple yes/no questions to help us improve your experience on the smart city campus.
Your help is appreciated!
As societal values change and the deployment of sensing technology becomes more ubiquitous, what are our digital rights in a 21st-century city? This dilemma is forcing municipalities to make difficult decisions about practice versus the policy of collecting data from public space. In collaboration with the City of Amsterdam, The City Innovation Exchange Lab (CITIXL) has created the Responsible Sensing Toolkit - a six-step process to help navigate this new landscape in a fast and effective way. The toolkit was co-designed by experienced city innovators to empower municipalities, organisations, and communities to implement open and inclusive sensing solutions for our 21st-century cities.
We are currently seeking cities to test the step-by-step process to guide the design and implementation of crowd sensing pilots in public spaces. For complete details about the Toolkit and how your city can participate please visit http://www.citixl.com/responsible_sensing_toolkit/ or contact CITIXL co-founder Paul Manwaring at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open the Blackbox is een oproep van een brede alliantie van Nederlanders
voor meer democratische grip op de machtige technologieën en
organisaties in onze samenleving. Zie hier de visie video zoals gepresenteerd op Smart Humanity 2020.
We zijn op zoek naar verhalen over technologie en organisaties die je zelf hebt meegemaakt. Kleine of grote gebeurtenissen die jouw blik op dit onderwerp hebben veranderd, en waardoor je misschien ook iets nieuws
over jezelf hebt ontdekt. We zoeken dus niet naar verhalen over iemand anders, of geruchten die je via via hebt gehoord. In deze fase van Open the Blackbox gaat het om persoonlijke ervaringen, om feiten en voorvallen die indruk hebben gemaakt op jou.
Heb jij een verhaal voor ons? Heb je een goede tip en liefst zelfs documentatie om het te onderbouwen? Mail ons dan via email@example.com (ook versleutelde berichten). We nemen zo snel mogelijk contact met je op.
Zou je ons willen helpen? Ga dan voor jezelf na of je iets hebt meegemaakt op de volgende gebieden:
- Gebruik van informatie door overheid
- Functioneren van tech bedrijven en geheime diensten
- Dienstverlening en besluitvorming van grote organisaties
- Functioneren van autonome systemen en voertuigen
- Werking van Artificial Intelligence
- Veiligheid van gevoelige persoonlijke informatie
- Fraude, belastingontwijking en oneerlijke concurrentie
Deelnemers aan de pilot video zijn Martijn van der Veen (Privacy First), Hajo Reijers (Utrecht University en Eindhoven University of Technology), Nancy Zikken (Amsterdam Smart City), Frank van Geffen (KNVI), en Rein Mertens (SAS Nederland).
I am seeking employment opportunities within the urban solution and smart city community. I am really eager to get some experience and expand my knowledge in Digitalisation, energy revolution, E mobility, Mobility as a service, sensors, open data. From November onwards, I am available to join an exciting and innovative project which I could collaborate with you on!
I just completed a Master's in Smart City Design from Macromedia university of applied science, Berlin. My master thesis is about the Optimization of existing EV charging infrastructure. I have worked on projects with companies on the topic of digitalization of city, Car-free city, and the use of blockchain. All of the projects include solutions to the challenge, business proposal, and urban solution.
Any known opportunities or advice would be greatly appreciated. Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org for my resume. Thanks in advance:)!
MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world.
That’s why I’m excited to invite you and your community to participate in the first-ever virtual MozFest! Details and submission page here: mzl.la/proposals2021
Anyone can submit a session – you don’t need any particular expertise, just a great project or idea and the desire to collaborate and learn from festival participants. Submit your session idea today! Deadline is November 23: mzl.la/proposals2021
The wait is almost over. On the 1st of September, the Netherlands will launch its own contact tracing app to combat COVID-19. In a few weeks time, all Dutch people will be able to use the Coronamelder. But, are people really waiting for this app? Usage is voluntary, however, it is often said that 60% of the population should use the app to ensure effectiveness. Will 60% of the Dutch install an app? What can the government and other stakeholders do to ensure high rates of adoption? And what lessons can we learn from other countries already using contact-tracing apps? Join the international exchange!
Amsterdam Smart City is organizing a Data Dilemmas event on this topic on the 3rd of September! More information can be found here: https://amsterdamsmartcity.com/events/how-to-get-people-to-actually-use-contact-tracing
Have you been involved in the development, testing or roll-out of a contact-tracing app for covid-19 and would you like to share you experience as a user or professional? Get in touch with Nancy via email@example.com with a short explanation on how you would like to contribute to the discussion!
Do you wish to live in a world where everything you do is being monitored by the government like the world described by George Orwell in his novel 1984 or how about be sent to jail before even committing a crime like in the movie and novel Minority Report? I think not then what kind of world do you want to live in? It is a fact that smart technologies are here and governments usage of them is an inevitable future and if we wish for them to use these technologies responsibly then we must first ourselves must know how they should be used. Come be part of a fun virtual session where I will help you reflect a bit on what you desire from your city and in turn, you help me a design master student with his graduation thesis. To participate you can fill this form: https://form.jotform.com/200902554050039 and for the information, you reach out to me
Do you care deeply about democracy and the freedom of individual citizens to access unbiased information? Do you want to help analyze and understand disinformation campaigns around the European Election?
The Amsterdam Working Group on Disinformation is looking for volunteers with experience in one or more of the following skills:
We are a volunteer-based collective based in Amsterdam’s A Lab committed to assisting the general public in better understanding the threat disinformation poses to civil participation in democratic processes.
Our data processing team is seeking contributors who are willing to participate in the data analysis process that supports investigative journalism and shed light on the spread of disinformation in Europe.
If you have a minimum of one day a week, would like to work with an amazing group of journalists, researchers, anthropologists, data scientists, and creatives in a very inspiring environment, then please contact Árpád Gerecsey, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEMO Kennislink verzorgt dit jaar een NEMO City Lab evenement tijdens het Inscience festival in Nijmegen. https://www.insciencefestival.nl/. Jaarthema van Inscience 2018 is AI. Inscience is een kwalitatief hoogstaand festival met (inter) nationale gasten en sprekers.
We zoeken experts - bij voorkeur op het gebied van AI in de stad – die willen deelnemen in onze activiteiten. Dat kan zijn als spreker in onze mini colleges of expert bij verschillende interactieve discussie formats. NEMO City Lab is laagdrempelig, speels en gericht op het betrekken van burgers bij stedelijke vraagstukken.
Inscience 2017 aftermovie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBEhnDOjtss
Wat we vragen
Je gaat als expert onder begeleiding van ons team met bezoekers van het festival in gesprek over AI in de stad. Dat gebeurt op zaterdag 10 en zondag 11 november. Het programma duurt 4 uur en loopt naar verwachting van van 12 – 16 uur. Je bent niet 4 uur continue bezig, er is voldoende ruimte voor pauzes.
Wat we bieden
Wij voorzien je van lunch, koffie en thee. Je krijgt een festival pas waarmee je toegang hebt tot het festival. We bieden geen gages, wel een klein bedankje, reiskosten vergoeding en mocht het nodig zijn kunnen wij overnachting in Nijmegen voorzien.
Verder zorgen wij voor vermelding van alle deelnemers en hun organisaties in promotie uitingen en reportages.
Heb je interesse? Stuur dan vóór 8 okt. een mail o.v.v. Expert AI Inscience naar Giovanni Stijnen: Stijnen@e-nemo.nl
Wat is NEMO City Lab: bekijk hier een sfeerimpressie van een eerdere editie.
Hello, this is Tomo Kihara, design student graduating from TU Delft.
I am looking for play-testers for my graduation project: Escape the Smart City
It is an escape-room style game where participants have to escape from smart AI surveillance in the city.
It is on September 24, Monday 16:00 - 17:30 at Waag (Niewmarkt 4), 10 minutes from Amsterdam Central.
If interested please contact me.
I work a lot with urban playful intervention and check my other stuff here : www.tomokihara.com
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