Shape FIA Aalborg -- vote for socio-economic topics!

posted 16 Nov 2011, 08:34 by Martin Waldburger   [ updated 16 Nov 2011, 08:34 ]
The next Future Internet Assembly (FIA) will take place in Aalborg, Denmark. The SESERV coordination action is committed to a fostered debate of key societal and economic topics for the Future Internet to be highlighted and discussed with European research projects and experts. Driven by the set of eight cross-cutting societal priorities for the FI R&D identified in the annual report on studying the societal aspects of Future Internet technologies and by the seven tussle groups identified in the annual report on studying the economic aspects of Future Internet technologies, three topics for the FIA Aalborg have been proposed to the Shape FIA website:
  • "The freedom of digital choice vs. the need for global regulatory frameworks": The idea here is to pick key cases of tussle groups, let a representative of a project dealing with a particular tussle present the type of problem and the approach they take to it. After that the audience could debate and decide whether they see this approach lead to a stable outcome (e.g., by the argument of sufficient level of choice) or they would rather expect unstable outcomes, maybe even asking for a regulatory solution.
  • "Content pollution -- dealing with user autonomy": The degree of autonomy provided to users when publishing files in content distribution systems allows the dissemination of files with inaccurate, incorrect or imprecise descriptions, either because of the diversity of users' opinions (subjectivity) or due to malice. The lack of proper mechanisms to deal with these issues leads to download of undesired contents, waste of resources (such as bandwidth), and users' dissatisfaction. A more robust and flexible system can be designed by allowing users who consume contents also to describe them. However, malicious behaviors must be discouraged in this novel dynamic environment.
  • "Technology in support of/as a threat to global diversity": The Internet is an infrastructure with (near-)global reach. Culture, usage patterns, expectations, ways to express may differ heavily from person to person, region to region, nation to nation. How can technology help bridge diversity, e.g., how can technology support two persons in an electronic conversation when one of them is being ironic? Where is technology hindering people from different backgrounds? And to what level is fostering diversity even wishful, say for identification within a community network?

With immediate effect, you can vote for any of these topics on the Shape FIA website. Voting is simple; all you need is a Google account. Please help us ensure that socio-economics are well represented in the upcoming FIA! Thanks for your support.