WHY NEW EU PRIVACY LAWS MATTER FOR ALL – by Joachim Lohkamp


When the EU legislation on data protection was put in place in 1995, the internet looked very different. While previously most data was stored on private or corporate computers, today much of our personal data is in the cloud, under the control of a third party platform or service providers, who are mostly based in Silicon Valley. Though social networks are certainly useful to stay in touch with friends and share information, storing personal data here also risks being used in ways that can have an economic and reputational impact.

GDPR

In response to this, the European commission has decided to pass the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). This new law intends to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the European Union (EU) while also addressing export of personal data outside the EU.

MORE THAN JUST TECH – by Joachim Lohkamp


“The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for microblogging. We don’t have a technology problem, we have a social problem.” (Tim Berners-Lee)

During the first Dezentralized Web Summit at the Internet Archive in San Francisco about 70 builders of the web convened to explore the technology required to build a ‘Decentralized Web’. Presenting various technologies such as blockchain, content-addressable and distributed storage, decentralized messaging and communication as well as self-sovereign digital identity, they discussed the decentralized future that could be just around the corner and which could restore the web’s original promise as a free and open network.

However, as tempting as it may be to think that technology could solve it all, and as promising as many of the concepts and protocols sounded, a looming question still remained: how will any of this work in real life?

THE SERENDIPITY MACHINE – reviewed by Joachim Lohkamp


When I stumbled upon a post of The Serendipity Machine from my friend Bert-Ola Bergstrand on facebook I instantaneously downloaded the book and started reading. There was an intuitive hunch that I couldn’t resist. I read the whole book this same morning and now know it was worth every page of reading. The book provides a great description of social capital dynamics in meshed networks…

ALONE TOGETHER: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other – by Sherry Turkle


As the digital age sparks increasing debate about what new technologies and increased connectivity are doing to our brains, comes this chilling examination of what our iPods and iPads are doing to our relationships from MIT professor Turkle (Simulation and Its Discontents). In this third in a trilogy that explores the relationship between humans and technology, Turkle argues that people are increasingly functioning without face-to-face contact.