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First edition: Internet reads

For the past couple of months, we’ve been keeping an informal internal “mailing list” with interesting articles and events about anything to do with the internet and emerging technologies.

We thought we would start to share this list externally too. As this is still just an experiment, any feedback is much appreciated (What would you like to see more of? What a bit less? Any tips for articles or events to include?). Our first edition is focused around the launch of GDPR.

You can also sign up to receive the below list as a bi-weekly newsletter here (why not sign up for some new newsletters to help fill your post-GDPR inbox!). This newsletter is part of Engineroom, a Nesta-coordinated project which helps set the research agenda and vision of the Next Generation Internet initiative, the European Commission’s new ambitious flagship programme which seeks to build a more democratic, inclusive and resilient internet by 2052. Read more about the project here.

Some interesting reads we enjoyed

Other bits and pieces we enjoyed

  • Algorithmic justice: Incredibly interesting talk by IT for Change’s Anita Gurumurthy at the Data Justice Conference held at Cardiff University last week:
  • Amsterdam City Council: On May 24, the newly elected council of the city of Amsterdam (a coalition of the Greens, Liberals and Labour) published it’s rather radical new plans for the next four years. We’ve translated the digital and participatory democracy policies they’ve planned for you:

Data ethics and the NHS: Interesting Twitter thread by the great Julia Powles on her ongoing dialogue with DeepMind:

Upcoming events across Europe

  • DSI Fair on 6 June in Rome - two days on Digital Social Innovation in Rome’s city hall.
  • WeMakeTheCity festival from 20 to 24 June, and the Public Stack Summit on 19 June in Amsterdam - What kind of city do we want to live in and internet do we want to see, in five, ten or fifteen years time? How will technologies impact this future?
  • FutureFest on 6 and 7 July in London - Nesta’s own two day festival on reimagining the future, with many sessions dedicated to the future internet and technology.


Katja Bego

Katja Bego

Katja Bego

Principal Researcher, Next Generation Internet

Katja Bego was Principal Researcher and data scientist in Nesta’s technology futures and explorations team.

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