Fall and Rise of the Public Sphere in the Internet of Things

re:publica 2015
City Of The Future

Kurzthese: 

We propose a new generation of public institutions that address the opportunities and dangers of the Internet of Things. This new generation of public institutions are like tables in the sense of Hannah Arendt. At these tables, or event-spaces, people meet because they share concerns. The goal of our project is to find new 'tables' that can accommodate the new kinds of challenges we face today, including migration, scarcity of resources, climate warming, pollution etc. We will demonstrate our concept through three different prototype institutions in Hamburg, Zürich and Yogyakarta.

Beschreibung: 

Everybody is worried about the ongoing loss of privacy. Nobody cares about the loss of public-ness. Yet without private spheres there is no public sphere. Paradoxically the public sphere only can be maintained when there are private spheres. The loss of privacy leads on to the loss of public-ness. Once there was great hope that new forms of public life would emanate from Information and Computing (IC) systems. One thought that the “digital public” would replace all previous forms of public life; public places as well as public institutions. And with the success of the Internet of Things (IoT) all what was private is now becoming public. The public sphere in the IoT is on the verge of an “algo-craty”; a society ruled by algorithms and those who owns the computer power to process those algorithms. In our lecture we propose a new generation of public institutions that directly addreses this problem and is made possible by the IoT. In these proposed institutions the public sphere is modeled after the great tradition of public gatherings like the Icelandic Altthing, the Iroquois Confederation and the Swiss direct democracy. This new generation of public institutions does not have the flavor of public service providers like schools, libraries, museums, theaters, etc. Rather they are like tables in the sense of Hannah Arendt. At these tables, or event-spaces, people meet because they share concerns. The goal of our project is to find new 'tables' that can accommodate the new kinds of challenges we face today, including migration, scarcity of resources, climate warming, pollution, etc. We will present three prototypes of this new generation of public institutions: 1. A waterbank in Yogyakarta 2. A public square in Hamburg 3. A food rescue society in Zürich

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STG-J
Mittwoch, 6. Mai 2015 - 16:45 bis 17:15
Englisch
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Professor of Media Study