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Now, some changes for the New Year. First a change of banner. A friend who knows about these things tells me that the original banner is “amateurish”. This is hard but may be true, because I designed it myself. (If anyone is interested, my design was supposed to represent the rising sun of transparency progressively… » read more

Published in EDRi-gram 8.18 Within the next ten weeks, the European Parliament will finish its crucial first reading of the Directive which, if the European Commission has its way, will impose an EU-wide blocking infrastructure – undermining child protection, fundamental rights and the EU’s voice on freedom and democracy in the world. The measure proposed… » read more


I stumbled upon this site which is the project site of a group who are attempting to realise The Social Computer. What a lovely coincidence.. I got on the phone to them straight away, naturally  http://thesocialcomputer.eu “The social computer is a future computational system that harnesses the innate problem solving, action and information gathering powers… » read more

The world is in a transition from industrial and information economy into conceptual economy. Value is in meaning, not in function. The resource of this economy are talents. They are empowered by information and communication technologies. The game is how to make use of all this talent. Businesses do open innovation, governments should do open… » read more

2009 Clear yet?

A civil sandbox is a society upgrades platform. It’s a platform to empower the people trying to upgrade society and provide them with previously unavailable toolsets with which to create with. This “solutions-platform” is in development for long time but now the global situation is starting require such new, dynamic and powerful solutions. I think… » read more

I wrote this in January 2003 to try to describe the kinds of things you would see at a Social Computer building (a Civil Sandbox). The name Prototype comes from the name of the event we were proposing to explore the Social Computer. Please bear in mind that it is nearly 6 years ago so… » read more

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/p__tQFLsN-Y” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Here Karina interviews Maurits Aalders (European marketing manager for Xerox) and talks about how he came into contact with me and what he thinks about the unique environment of a Social Computer Building. A sandbox in Software terms refers to a space that can be changed without breaking anything.… » read more

This was the first document I wrote that people started to see what I was trying to do. It was finished in October 2002, before the ist2002 brainstorm document Social (Network, People, Community) Computing (System, Process, Result) The Social Computer is a potentially revolutionary thematic arts research project. The theme of Social Computing aims to… » read more

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/Nxq4q1UCvKM” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In 2002, Mathew Lowry was the communications strategist behind the event we presented at in ist2002. I think, although he was a science journalist for many years, this was the first time he was interviewed. I shouldn’t say interview because we talked most of the time haha. Original post… » read more

Playful experiments

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf” width=”320″ height=”346″ fvars=”m=881568;type=video” wmode=”transparent” /] I think a good event reminds people that there are new possibilities out there. It is warm and friendly and gives people a nice backdrop to meet new people and explore common interests or discover new ones. It is open to new ways of thinking and gives room… » read more

Concentration photovoltaics (CPV) offers one of the most promising utility-scale, renewable energy technology options. Many companies are testing their CPV products and some have already launched commercial offers. This documentary presents interviews with some industry representatives present at ISFOC (CPV Institute in Puertollano, South of Spain). [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/HKJbg4Fusaw” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Original post by… » read more

Improving technology, expansion off-shore, and exploring the building sector potential   The wind sector has been growing spectacularly over the past decade. However, to sustain these impressive growth figures over the next twenty years in Europe and North America, business-as-usual will not be enough. In several European countries, the number of remaining onshore […] Original… » read more

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://youtube.com/v/afWq47eotz4″ width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In this interview, Keiichi Hirose from NTT Facilities, presents the first trial to take place in Japan in the area of power quality concepts and solutions. This field demonstration of a multiple power quality supply system is leaded by NTT Facilities. It has developed and installed a multiple power… » read more

Will CSP and Ocean Energy become the next booming technologies? Mention renewable energy and the first examples most people think of are hydroelectric power, wind power, photovoltaic panels, and various types of biomass. These are indeed the renewable technologies that have been implemented on the largest scale in recent years. But with the ever increasing… » read more

Photovoltaic Systems

This 10-minute webcast, prepared by Leonardo ENERGY, offers an introductory overview of photovoltaic technology, different systems and market figures. Original post by Hans De Keulenaer

Fast-tracking new technologies

It is an often repeated hope that new technologies should enable at least developing countries to get a jump start into the future. A phenomenon called leap-frogging. Indeed it happens and has happened only recently with the mobile phones. But we should not take it for granted that it happens and there are many […]… » read more

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