A website explains in simple and clear terms what the European “General Data Protection Regulation” GDPR is and why it is indeed the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.

https://www.whatisgdpr.eu/
We designed this website with my students to make a simple and clear description (with videos and graphs) of the key privacy values now established by law in Europe for Data Privacy. This is a monumental accomplishment for the EU that will have a huge positive impact on IT related technological development and design. A huge step towards the elaboration of innovation processes that embed ethical values and considerations in the development of new technologies.

New Book: Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage.

About the book: Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg. (editor: francesco lapenta)
data-ethics-cover    Respect for privacy and the right to control one’s own data are becoming key parameters to gain a competitive edge in today’s business world. Companies, organisations and authorities which view data ethics as a social responsibility, giving it the same importance as environmental awareness and respect for human rights, are tomorrow’s winners. The book combines broad trend analyses with more than 50 cases of companies which use data ethics to varying degrees. The authors make the case that citizens and consumers are no longer just concerned about a lack of control over their data, but they also have begun to act, they describe alternative business models, advances in technology and new regulations, all of which combine to foster a growing market for data-ethical products and services.
 
or on Amazon & iBooks
 
More about the book: www.dataethics.eu/book

by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg. Editor: Francesco Lapenta

Mediated Life after Virtualization. A Critical Look at the Scenarios Forecast by New Wearable Augmented Reality Visualization Technologies.

My presentation at RE:PUBLICA13 in Berlin 7th of may.

If, as Thomas and Cook state, ‘visual representations and digital visualization techniques take advantage of the human eye’s broad bandwidth pathway into the mind to allow users to see, explore, and understand large amounts of information at once’ what are the consequences of a technology that does not pretend anymore to “simulate” reality or its visualization but now “naturally” creates the way we see the world and experience it?

What will follow the inevitable technological peak and demise of old communication technologies such as the mobile and the screen? If the mobile embodied the newly acquired freedom from the constrained spaces of earlier mediated communications. And the screen, the frame, the partition that for a long time both connected and divided reality from its representation. The “SixthSense” and “Project Glass” both represent the early steps in the final technological, cognitive and cultural evolution that will finally embrace media transparency and invisibility (Project Glass), and welcome media anthropomorphization (SixthSense) in the illusion of a new “unmediated” and “augmented” life. Mobiles and the screen will not disappear, at first, but new “seamless” and “immersive” technological evolutions will acquire social, cultural and market dominance while cannibalizing previous technological milestones very much like television did with photography, radio and cinema, and the computer did with them all.

A must read article on mediamocracy.org “Privacy is innovation”

and I quote: “Social Privacy is the innovative background idea here. A form of privacy which is not an obstacle to sharing, but rather one that goes hand in hand with the creation of social relations and communications. It’s not a clear cut block of personal data, but a diverse kind of privacy, where users are in control of what they share with who, under which circumstances and in which situations. These services are evolutions of our online social spheres moving beyond the idea of the social medium to a more advanced idea about digital media as tools for human social relations. And they are actually moving in on old giants of social networking such as Facebook stealing their market shares. Privacy is in fact innovation. The lack of it can dampen creativity and suppress freedom of speech (and thus thought). And more of it may entice consumers to pay more and choose a specific service studies show. The only reason the default is public is that we were not innovative enough to think privacy by design from the beginning empowering users with a choice.

link to the full article HERE

http://mediamocracy.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/is-privacy-an-obstacle-to-innovation/

Understanding the Future of Augmented Humans.

My keynote speech at the forthcoming “Insafe” (Internet Safety) meeting in Budapest, October 2012. The European Union’s Insafe network comprises 27 countries that regularly meet as part of The European Commission  “Safer Internet Program”. The title of the key-note is:

Understanding the Future of Augmented Humans.Technologies have traditionally been approached as ancillary tools in the history of mankind. Means used to master nature and our environment, or tools used to enhance creativity and communication. This once clear distinction between us humans, the technologies we use and the environments we live in, have been gradually eroding in the past few decades. What we see today cannot be characterised anymore as further evolution in a long process of technological development. Current technological evolutions are better understood as first steps in a complex redefinition of what it means to be human. Individuals, organisations, governments and industries, just like children, are evolving, changing, learning, internalising technology and socialising with an ever-changing reality where the distinction between who we are and what technology allows us to be, is becoming more and more blurred. To understand this evolution requires good judgement, a sense of history, and above all a sense of purpose.

Just published “”Geomedia-Based Methods and Visual Research” in “Advances in Visual Methodology”

Lapenta F. 2012, “Geomedia-Based Methods and Visual Research. Exploring the Theoretical Tenets of the Localization and Visualization of Mediated Social Relations with Direct Visualization Techniques” in “Advances in Visual Methodologies” Ed Sarah Pink 2012, SAGE

In this chapter I discuss how contemporary shift towards patterns of relocalization of mediated interactions and the emergence of new heterogeneous time and space dimensions, is constructed by and intertwined with new location-based communications technologies. In doing so, I examine how these shifts imply new contexts; new topics; and themes of investigation in, and subsequently advances in, research methodologies for contemporary visual researchers. My central focus is on digital mapping and the electronic and technological bases through which these visualization systems are engaged . I suggest that these new electronic architectures and visualization software and applications frame a context where both new topics and techniques of (visual) sociological research are emerging.

The book, edited by Sarah PInk, explores how new practice-based, theoretical and methodological engagements are developing and emerging in research practice; the impact new approaches are having on the types of knowledge visual research produces and critiques; the ways visual research intersect with new media; and the implications of this for social and cultural research, scholarship and intervention.

order here   AMAZON LINK or here SAGE

“Re-visualizing the City” Call for papers for the IVSA 2012 International Conference, 9th to 11th July 2012, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York

54052351-Lapenta-2011-Geomedia-on-Location-Based-MediaI am co-organizing the “Re-visualizing the City” international conference. An in depth look at the latest trends and visions of the smart cities of the future. Please redistribute to your departments and friends: Call for papers  “Re-Visualizing the City”, 9th to 11th July 2012, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York

link to ivsacall2012 with full details:

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

Geomedia

The Infosphere, the Geosphere and the Mirror: The Geomedia-Based Normative Renegotiations of Body and Place, Francesco Lapenta, new article out now:

my new article out now: The Infosphere, the Geosphere and the Mirror: The Geomedia-Based Normative Renegotiations of Body and Place Francesco Lapenta in Mobile Technology and Place<a link amazon link Edited by Rowan Wilken, Gerard Goggin in Series: Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture

The Infosphere, the Geosphere and the Mirror. The Geomedia Based Normative Renegotiation of Body and Place.

First there are the utopias. Utopias are sites with no real place. They are sites that have a general relation of direct or inverted analogy with the real space of Society.  They present society itself in a perfected form, or else society turned upside down (…). There are also, in every culture, in every civilization, real places – places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of society which are something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia  in which the real sites (…) are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted. I believe that between utopias and these quite other sites, these heterotopias, there might be a sort of mixed, joint experience, which would be the mirror.  Focault

 

“Got any Amperex Bugle Boy 12AX7’s?

Few weeks ago in New York I was interviewed by a New York Times journalist (article here) on a subject for which I have a great deal of passion, and KNowledge, hi end audio reproduction and specifically analogue generation hi-fi, tube amplification and high-efficiency speakers, which I design and build since I was 14. The interview lasted a while and we talked about audio technology evolution, recurrences in technological evolution paths, sound quality of tube vs transistor vs digital amplification, speakers´ designs and audio reproduction goals, and of course tubes (or valves). Apparently that discussion had no place in the article so my contribution has been reduced to one sentence ““Got any Amperex Bugle Boy 12AX7’s?, rather than being disappointed about it, I laughed with a friend of mine whom shares a similar interest, who commented, man if that was a movie, you would be the nerd with the greatest line in the scene, and I am happy with that .

Contact Summit 2011: The Evolution Will Be Social

Douglas Rushkoff organized one of the most vibrant and interesting conferences I have attended in a long time. Some of the key players and thinkers of this exhilarant digital age were here in New York discussing all things digital. There was a real sense of empowerment and purpose and sheer talent all over the amazing venue were the conference was held. I am so looking forward to attend edition 2.