Adaptation: Wow, What a GREAT event!

We have been talking about this event for months. The Adaptation Exhibition finally come and gone, and it was GREAT!

I was a little bit nervous when I arrived in Berlin last week. Actually, I knew that when we selected the artistic projects last winter, that we were not really ready to share the AGILE code: the documentation was missing, the code was not stable, and the integration was not really effective. So, sharing the AGILE software in such context was risky, especially sharing it with people without a strong IoT background.

All the artists stepped up to the task with great artistic ideas and a technical person on their team. So, not only did they have the support of some AGILE partners like Libelium, BioAssist, or ATOS, but they also received everyday support from colleagues, friends and spouses.

The result is really interesting. Each artistic team put a piece of themselves in their project. These were expressed like so:

  • Fountains – tackled concern about water pollution
  • Still Touchable? – questioned our relationship with objects in a near future
  • E-Camera – enriched our photos with our own emotions
  • Floral Automaton –  mimicked biological processes of our surroundings

The atmosphere provided by the location for the exposition (chosen by Jolocom) added depth to the artworks presented. Thanks to Carla, Eric and Joachim for organizing such unique event!

Enjoy!
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Adaptation: IVI project

IVI installation is a prototype of architectural experimental design and fabrication. It is the end-result of the architectural programme that was organized in Chania, Greece, by the Architectural Association, school of architecture in London, in October 2016. The intense programme focused its scientific approach in making use of advanced methodologies for architectural design, interactive spatial systems and digital methods for fabrication through a series of parametric morphologies and manipulation of space. Within a period of 10 days the design team researched, tested and realized the prototype.Continue reading

Research Corner at EclipseCon France

We had a pretty exciting Research Corner this year at EclipseCon France in Toulouse.

It was the first time where we could bring to the Eclipse community a consequent group of research projects and show our strong implication in making these research projects a success. We had represented the following projects:

  • AGILE with Csaba Kiraly from FBK, [pitch]
  • AMASS with Espinoza Ortiz Huascar from Tecnalia, [pitch]
  • APP4MC with Robert Hoettger from Dortmund University, [pitch]
  • bIoTope with Tuomas Kinnunen and Jussi Pirila from Aalto University, [pitch]
  • CROSSMINER with Davide Di Ruscio from University of L’Aquila, [pitch] and
  • RobMoSys with Ansgar RADERMACHER from CEA. [pitch]

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Trusted Data Sharing with Linked Data in the Internet of Things (IoT)

This post intends to give the reader a perspective on how Jolocom brings trusted data sharing to the AGILE IoT Gateway (AGILE is a H2020 project). It should provide essential value to the user, not only but also in context of the internet of things, and not least to benefits from the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The original idea of the World Wide Web

To start with, the vision of Jolocom aligns with the original idea of the World Wide Web, which was distributed: everyone would have their own node (e.g. home page), everyone would share their content (e.g. blog posts), and everyone would own their own data. The web consisted of nodes connected through links with no center. Jolocom wants to help reclaiming this vision that everyone owns their own node (digital identity) and that every node can communicate with any other node, with no intermediation (e.g. centralized platform).

The dominating power of a few

Today a handful of companies dominate vast parts of the web’s activities – Facebook for social networking, Google for searching, Paypal for payments or eBay for auctions, Samsung/IBM for IoT – and they actually own the data their users have provided and generated. Ergo these companies have unprecedented insight and power over us. They can influence and nudge us without our knowledge, which gives them not only a huge competitive advantage, but also interferes with fundamental values of society and the right for privacy.

Social Linked Data (Solid) and Blockchain (Ethereum)

Jolocom uses a decentralized software architecture that is very promising. It was initiated by Tim Berners-Lee who invented the web and gave it to us as a gift, free and open source. His new project is called Solid (“social linked data”) and it allows you to own your own data, while also using it with only the applications you want to use. With Solid, you simply store your data in your own Personal Data Store (PDS; in Jolocom’s case: a Solid Server), which is hosted wherever you wish. At the core of Solid is the WebID, which Jolocom integrates with the Ethereum blockchain, to build a self-sovereign digital identity that allows you to represent yourself and to enrich your data with semantic meaning. Besides that and storing data, it also lets other applications ask for your data. Solid authenticates the DApps (Decentralized Applications) through Access Control Lists (ACLs) and if you’ve given access permission to the requester of the data, the Solid server delivers it.

Here’s a concrete example.You might store data from your IoT devices or sensors in your own PDS: the sort of data about yourself that would normally be uploaded directly from your IoT device to a third party. That way if someone built a new DApp, to offer specialized services to people, you could join it by using your WebID. To share information with others (individuals or organisations), you simply give them permission to access the appropriate information in your PDS. The data in your PDS would remain your own, in every sense of the word: fully under your control, stored where you choose, and usable only by an Organization’s WebID that you’ve given permission to.

The fantastic thing about Solid is that it does all this without having to centralize information in hands that we can’t- and too often also should not – fully trust.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Users are becoming increasingly aware of the need and importance for strong data rights. Governments are slowly adapting to this, with the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation as the first move towards a market in which businesses will have to adapt with new business models and technical infrastructure. With the decentralized web as an answer to these needs, users will be able to use services they want to interact with, data will be stored in their own private location, and they will be able to switch between them. This will allow and encourage for a market with a significantly lowered barrier to innovate, one in which collaboration between players is much favourable over competition. Without the main competitive advantage of data, network effects and vendor lock-in will become virtually obsolete. We help businesses create and participate in collaborative decentralized ecosystems where the value generated by its services benefits the ecosystem as a whole.

GDPR compliance is now mandated by May 2018. This means businesses are now required to show exactly how the data they collect is used and enables them to freely take this data with them to different services.

Conclusion

Social Linked Data with its decentralized architecture has the properties to profoundly enrich trust, data portability, and privacy. At the same time it will step up usability to a whole new level for both the user and service providers, while simultaneously becoming compliant to GDPR.

Author: Joachim Lohkamp, Jolocom

Adaptation Exhibition

You are invited to attend the Adaptation exhibition on July 11-13 in Berlin, Germany.

The event will kick off at 6 pm on July 11 and will be open the two following days. The venue is  Agora Rollberg, a Berlin-based experimental center for contemporary practices. The perfect place for this exposition!

You will get to see the four projects that have been working on their art + IoT piece since March. They have been collaborating with some AGILE partners: BioAssist, ATOS, Libelium, and Create-Net who have helped the artists with the AGILE software.

The four projects that will be showcased are:

Adaptation will be hosted as a satellite event of the Berlin Tech Open Air. So that’s another excuse you can use to come around, attend workshops & talks and network. If you don’t like networking… you should attend just to see the city of Berlin!

Schedule

  • Launch: July 11 from 6pm to 10pm
  • Exhibition: July 12-13 from 11am to 8pm

Location

Agora Rollberg

Rollbergstr. 26
12053 Berlin
+49 173 1631815

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

View Details and get your ticket – it’s free!