Project news

Thursday November 2nd 2017 VIRT-EU hosted a Dowse workshop run by Jaromil and Federico Bonelli from Dyne.org at the IT University of Copenhagen. The VIRT-EU project aims to develop tools to support ethical reflection and decision making for designers and developers working w...
Drones are increasingly present in our skies, and although it is not yet common to connect them to the Internet of Things (IoT), visions of connected drones are already part of many plans for near-future cities. For example, consider the speculative visions of a “Drone Aviar...
Techfestival’s mission is to put on a truly participatory festival of and for technology, and 2017 was Techfestival’s first edition. For five days in September, international guests, local speakers, facilitators and volunteers joined 16,000 guests in Vesterbrø’s “meatpackin...
Does our life really improve with algorithmic decision-making? Big Data-based models often reflect our very own biases of society. Further, in some cases it can be hard to look into the “black boxes”. Who can be held accountable when something goes wrong – the human or the m...
Virt-EU researchers continue to identify how values and ethics in technology design impact other central issues in social science. For example, in a talk at the Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR) conference, LSE’s Alison Powell linked design with communication power...
This is the first in a series of posts addressing ethics in IoT, through a range of domain based case studies. It is based on preliminary research conducted by the VIRT-EU project (Values and Ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe (ICT-732027) team from th...
The 29th of June the 13th IDP conference hosted a Virt-EU panel entitled: Privacy, ethical and social impact assessment of risks in data processing. Barcelona represented the first venue where Virt-EU researchers exhibited some preliminary research outputs. The outputs are b...
The qualitative dimension of the VIRT-EU project has focused on an ethnographic approach to explore how IoT companies and developers negotiate and enact ethics in their day-to-day working environments. More specifically, the aim of this research process has been to map out a...
A core aspect of VIRT-EU is the application of a simultaneous qualitative-quantitative methodological triangulation, that is, a methodology where fieldwork at IoT-related events is complemented by an analysis of online data generated about those events, and vice-versa. Relev...
In October 2016, Jake Davis, known as @DoubleJake on Twitter, quoted a question he’d heard a few times. “Why would hackers even want to target my toaster?” In the same tweet, he replied: Because your toaster has no security and is directly connected to your private network....
We have been working hard for the last six months learning what are the concerns that trouble innovators, developers and designers working in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT). Security and ethics keep coming up as really important in academia, industry and the med...
“Managing Risk in the Digital Society” was the central theme of the 13th Internet, Law and Politcs conference scheduled for the 29th and 30th of June in Barcelona. Virt-EU researchers attended an ad-hoc panel willing to display some preliminary research outputs. The panel wa...
Virt-EU will take part to the 13th IDP Conference with an ad-hoc panel to present its first results. Managing Risk in the Digital Society will be the central theme of the 13th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics (Barcelona, 29-30 June 2017). Since the 19...
Virt-EU will take part to Living bit and thinghs event as knowledge partner. Living bits and things event started in 2011 in Ljubljana and was held for one day only. It attracted attendees mostly from academia and those related to the EU IoT projects. It was organized in co...
Virt-EU will take part to IoT Week 2017. The IoT Week will present emerging technologies and solutions related to the Internet of Things with pioneering research projects, SMEs and industries. It will also discuss the recent developments in the IoT standardization landscape....
Virt-EU will take part to the 1st Hackathon organized by The Things Network Copenaghen. The hackathon and workshop is the first meeting of the emerging TTN community in Copenhagen and Denmark. It is for those who would like to gain hands-on experience with LoRaWan and The...
Located in the southern part of Turin in a neglected industrial building – once used to be a foundry – close to the railways, Casa Jasmina is at the crossroads of a smart-home, furnished with Italian designed furniture, a B&B and a research lab willing to discover new ve...
As everything from watches to refrigerators becomes connected to the internet, concerns about data security and privacy are growing. A new research project anchored at the IT University of Copenhagen will help European developers create IT services and products that meet the...