Last week I had the pleasure to participate in the Regional European Conference in Bern, Switzerland, organised by the International Association of the Commons, the IASC. The main theme was "GLOBAL CONNECTIONS AND LOCAL RESPONSES", an adequate theme for many of the social movements and commons initiatives around the world. The natural resource and social commons were strongly represented, but some of the keynotes and sessions also pointed to the knowledge commons and digital commons.
Exploring the viability of a collaborative economy, which considers the commons and social impact, seeking fair relationships among agents.
Fostering technological independence and social autonomy by building smart cities connecting sensors and actuators to the network.
On March 7th I was invited to present my vision on sustainable fabrication in a course cycle organised by the cooperative Tarpuna and the Ateneus de Fabricació in Barcelona. The course cycle was focused on sustainable and social fabrication, citizen empowerment and circular economy.
The last days we celebrated the Commons Collaborative Economies conference in Barcelona, from 11-13 March 2016. An intense and fruitful experience, which the FKI helped co-organise as part of the Barcelona Col·labora working group with the City Council. Let's review briefly what we did and what the results are so far.
The Things Network is an initiative to build a distributed wireless data network for connecting "things" to the net, fully owned and controlled by its users. The Internet of Things (IoT) typically consists of electronic devices with sensors and actuators that transmit small bits of data to the net. The Things Network (TTN) uses a free spectrum radio technology called LoRaWAN, that is Long Range, using low bandwidth and low power. Their newly designed gateways by the TTN are low cost at 200 €, while Arduino UNO nodes go for 40 €.
On October 1st I had an interview with David Bollier. Given his decade long work on the commons, as researcher and activist, author of books like Viral Spiral and in particular his work on Laws and the Commons, I thought that his perspective would be meaningful for our research in the DiDIY project. In particular for our work on rights and responsibilities, but also more in general to the various workpackages that make up the project.
Digital Do It Yourself (DiDIY) is a new socio-technological phenomenon, centered around digital devices that support, often through open online communities, the convergence of "atoms" and "bits".
The DiDIY Research Project, which addresses the Horizon 2020 call for a "Human-centric Digital Age", is studying how DiDIY and the increasing social adoption of ABC devices are:
General introductions about digital fabrication technologies and how our societies are changing right now and in the foreseeable future:
as you may have already noticed, the several wikis and other websites of the Free Knowledge Institute and the Free Technology Academy have published very little "good" content lately. This was due to a combination of two factors: