Dowse workshop in the very active IoT ethical scene here in Amsterdam…
Dowse was exhibited at “Why does my refrigerator know my birthday?” during the 2016 Dutch Design Week. This exhibition highlighted the possibilities and the challenges that are created when IoT starts to enter your house. It showed the principles of responsible IoT design with speculative products.
One hour in which visitors of the Mozilla Festival learned what Dowse is and why we were building it, how they can get aboard with developing, marketing, and creating an IoT awareness around it. All in the context of creating Internet of Neighborhoods instead of ‘smart cities’.
During the Dowse workshop, participating designers and artists got introduced to the possibilties of reading traffic going in and out of devices connected to the Dowse network. They started writing the traffic into text files, detecting the device id’s and so forth, visualized and conceptualized the constant data leaking.
LPM came to town and we have been part of it. Live Performers Meeting is the largest Europe’s gathering of digital performers, makers and users of digital visual manipulation for VJ, Motion Mapping, Live Cinema and Live Coding. We have set up our Dowse wide area LAN and allowed people to play with the OSC feed of data the LAN was providing. A lot of knowledge and good fun.
We met very informally Olivier Boireau, from Design-Shift, the creator of ORWL in the CCC camp this summer. We spoke about ideas and have seen his beautiful project, [ORWL]: the attempt to build and deliver a secure computer by design. We met again in Amsterdam to receive one of the first prototypes of [ORWL] to run Dowse upon. It worked 🙂 We are going to present it around together with Dowse as one of the leads on the change of IoT security design in the future
Unforgivable “get together” for the EU community of hackers and fieddlers, the CCC camp has been the start of our trip into Dowse development. Many stories emerged during the 8 hours drive, in an old bus, from Amsterdam to somewere north of Berlin, where the camp was taking place. And many stories on the way back…