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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 based on fieldwork studies and legal understanding of both expected and unexpected impact of the next year new General Data Protection Regulation entry into force. The Panel underscored the issue of risk related to the spread of smart technologies into old and new...
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 preliminary view of how local culture and network society influence the understanding and movement of social values among technology developers, and how any differences and commonalities have the capacity to influence the development of ethical subjects. Ethnographic methods such as observations, extended field notes,...
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. Relevant actors such as IoT companies and developers are identified during fieldwork, and used as seeds to map the online discussion about IoT. The quantitative study of the automatically collected online information is then expected to identify new central actors to be targeted by the qualitative analysis. In addition, online...
Written July 14, 2017 by Rachel Douglas-Jones, Irina Shklovski, Alison Powell, Selena Nemorin and Ester Fritsch. 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...
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 media (see f.i. Berman & Cerf 2017 or Waddell 2017). Clearly this is an issue and yet there is little focused discussion of what is ethics and what is...
“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 was focused on the development of the Privacy Ethical and Social Impact Assessment (PESIA) framework. Indeed PESIA represents...
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 1990s, the concept of risk society has deeply penetrated many fields of the social sciences and humanities. From law and political science, the Risk Society has been a concept that has channelled the analysis of risks inherent in contemporary society and how they are regulated. With the emergence of the new information and...
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 cooperation with Rob van Kranenburg, the IoT guru and took the advantage of the national IoT project Competence centre OpComm. VIRT-EU’s ...
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. Selena Nemorin from London School of Economics will deliver a talk entitled: Social and Ethical Implications of Commercial Drones in the IoT. Talk abstract Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), colloquially known as “drones”, are rapidly integrating into civil...
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 Things Network – learn how to build and test gateways and sensor nodes. However, there will also be plenty of room for those who primarily want to learn about approaches to IoT networking, applications, use-cases, and the various possibilities around The Things Network and its alternatives. What’s The Things Network?...

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