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ThingsCon Salon ‘Eindhoven’

We will be organising a ThingsCon Salon, partnering with Lorna Goulden of EHVIOTmeetup on 27 August. We will plan for a 2-hour online workshop in Miro to discuss trust in designing IoT under the title: “Don’t be Evil #Workshop; Building Trustable and Responsible Technology Business”.

As the term “Surveillance Capitalism” established itself in 2019, we ask ourselves what will it take for 2020 to turn into the pivotal year that will turn the tide of an impending and some say inevitable ‘Privacy Crisis’?

On 27th August, ThingsCon and EHVIOTmeetup join forces to kick-off a series of industry-focused workshops and discussions aimed at proactively calling a halt to the insidious activities threatening to erode our trust in technology.

“The term surveillance capitalism is not an arbitrary term, why surveillance? Because it must be operations that are engineered as undetectable, indecipherable, cloaked in rhetoric that aims to misdirect, obfuscate and just downright bamboozle all of us, all the time”

Shoshana Zuboff (2019) Harvard professor and author of ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’, in VPRO tegenlicht ‘De grote dataroof’

Don’t be Evil #Workshop

Location: Miro Online Collaborative Space

In this “Don’t be Evil #Workshop” we invite practitioners to discuss and define a framework, and further requirements, that will help us to clarify the boundaries of acceptable technology, data, identity, and privacy practices. We will then use this as a blueprint to consider the possible tooling required to both audits and apply more trustworthy and responsible practices, both in the early stage of design and development as well as throughout launch, use, and end-of-life of different digital solutions.

Which aspects, if any, might be automated? And is there value for end-users to also have access to similar tooling to verify or guard the devices and services they own or use? We will also look ahead to ‘responsible’ technology developments that might cater for more transparency, privacy, and trust in the future generation of connected devices, ecosystems, and artificial intelligence.

This workshop is aimed at a broad audience of professionals with backgrounds in technology, ethics, regulation, (service) design, business and finance – and interest in the requirements and possibilities of a European Code of Trust.

001 CODE OF TRUST | Outlining the fuzzy boundaries of Trust

We start the workshop by asking ourselves “What is ‘Evil’ ?”
What are the practices currently eroding our trust in technology, brands and institutions? Where do we draw the line between good and bad practices? As we dig deeper into possible criteria and boundaries required to (re)build trust in technology we will also draw inspiration from experts and evolving frameworks, such as the 3 pillars of Ethical Technology from the European Group on Ethics, the European Commission’s guidelines on trustworthy AI, The European Self Sovereign identity framework (eSSIF) and ThingsCon’s own 5 dimensions for trustable technology.

002 TRUST BY DESIGN | Trustworthy technology and business practices

We will then move the ‘trust’ discussion into the ‘real world’.
By evaluating a selection of products, service and organizations – with practices that either by design, naivety, or negligence could be deemed to be questionable, trust-eroding, or ‘Evil’. What criteria and framework for a code of trust might serve to guide or advise towards more trustable and responsible business solutions? What tools and techniques might protect users from harm? And what is harmful anyway?

003 TRUST TOOLKIT | Throughout the Product lifecycle

We close the workshop by referencing the previous discussions as a possible blueprint of requirements for technical tooling that might support in the validation and application of good practices – both in the early stages of design and development as well as monitoring or auditing throughout the product lifecycle. Which aspects, if any, might be automated? Is there value in developing tools for testing for developers, auditing for business owners, or providing better transparency or protection for end-users? We will also look ahead to ‘responsible’ technologies that might cater more explicitly to (re)building trust in the future generation of connected devices and solutions.

How to join?

We believe that a collaborative workshop is most effective with a small group, so we have limited seats available.

If you are interest to join, please subscribe to the (temporary) mailing list, and we will reach out (and keep you updated).