I believe technology companies have made, and are coming to the end of, the first significant step in how society works with data. Now it's time for other companies to reflect, and take its use in a different direction. This is why I choose to work with mission aligned startups.
Startups I'm helping
Office for Oversight
Office for Oversight holds the guardian share for Diagonal, to ensure that the company always acts to serve its purpose: to improve the quality of life of people living or working in cities, through the development of responsible technology.
I am a Founding Director at Office for Oversight, alongside Diagonal's Founding partner Andrew Eland.
Today I work as an Advisor to the leadership team at iloomi. I help them understand and take action on ethical data use in order to create a trustworthy brand and platform that people and companies trust.
A selection of previous work
A brief history of citizenship, TEDx talk in 2015
In 2015 I gave a TEDx talk on technology and its role in redesigning our social contract. A nice example of what I was thinking about before I started IF.
We are moving towards a future of smart everything: watches, thermostats and cars. But who controls the technology, the code, the data? Our generation will reinvent citizenship.
Data licenses exhibit, V&A Museum, London 2016
I exhibited the "data licences" concept from the Alternet project in many different museums. My favourite was at the V&A where I made the exhibit physical. Visitors chose either a connected watch, travel card or thermostat with which to create a data licence. Once they had selected the object, they scanned it ontop of the Raspberry Pi. This activated a series of questions on an ipad for them to answer. Once they had inputted their answers, they received a print out of the receipt of their data licence, with more information to read later.
Thanks go to Ian Hutchinson for the software design.
Planetary Scale Design, 2015-2016
These workshops were hosted around the world to explore, anticipate and debate what planetary scale systems mean for our future.