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by Scott Porad
As developers, we spend a lot of time tinkering with techniques and processes for creating better technology. But, how often do we think about the soul of our technology? Perhaps the secret to success can be revealed by understanding the mysteries of people who make it, their values and identities, loves and fears, and the narratives that tell the story of their lives.
by Usman Haque
The expected massive growth of connected device, appliance & sensor markets in the coming years - often called the 'Internet of Things' - will need a more rich concept of 'open data' than is currently common. When data is generated through activities of people doing things inside their homes and outside in public in their cities, the question of who owns the data becomes almost irrelevant next to the questions of who has access to the data, what do they do with it, and how to citizens manage and make sense of their data while retaining the openness that we've seen drive creativity and business on the web over the last few years.
As the Green revolution and the Arab spring have shown, technology is now an essential tool in organizing, documenting, and cementing peaceful resistance and civil disobedience. For now, the organizers are technologically ahead of the security forces they are demonstrating against. This imbalance, sadly, cannot last without our help. In this talk, I'll cover some of the technical tools needed to help dissidents document abuses. First, we must allow citizens to cover events anonymously, should they wish to. Second, we need to allow them access to their images and video even if the device on which they were taken is confiscated. Last, we need to develop software to help media escape internet blackouts and aggressive filtering.
by Zach Holman
20th–21st April 2012