Conference Report from ‘Renewable Futures' Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Renewable Futures - project website From April 28-30 2017 I was a participant and presenter at the second 'Renewable Futures' conference in Eindhoven. The conference took place in concert with the 'Economia' festival organised by Baltan Laboratories in NatLab, the former physics lab of Philips. The conference aim was to push the boundaries of our thinking concerning the economy over the course of three days, where participants from both events could ... read more

Architectures, Natures & Data: The Politics of Environments Conference

Conference held at the Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts Tallinn, Estonia, 20-23 April 2017. With a paper on crowdfunded urbanism, Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer contributed to a panel on “Big Data” and urban subjectification that interrogated the ways in which ideas of a human-friendly city continue to inform urban design. While we expect that “big data” will help us to better design “for people” and make cities more “l... read more

Russian hacking of the US election is the most extreme case of how the internet is changing our politics

The Guardian / John Naughton When we look back over the last 20 years of politics, the period in which the internet has become mainstream, we see a deeply changed landscape. Early political uses of the internet include the collection of data and crowd sourced fundraising. But recently, we are witnessing a significant shift in the role the web has to play in political life. Events such as the Arab Spring and ... read more

The day we invented the internet

The Guardian / Ben Tarnoff 40 years ago the internet was invented. Which seems like an odd statement, as it is so pervasive, ubiquitous and appears only in glimpses, it is almost impossible to imagine the internet’s invention. Starting life as a network of military computers developed by ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency), the internet began as a fixed system between stationary computers. The military applications of this network required it to... read more