OpenDoTT (Open Design of Trusted Things) "is a PhD programme* to explore how to build a more open, secure, and trustworthy Internet of Things". I have moved in 2019 to Dundee to work at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and relocated later to Berlin to work at the Mozilla Foundation. The whole project has migrated from the University of Dundee to Northumbria University in June 2020(\).

My research topic in the project is (waste prevention in) "smart cities". I am documenting in this blog what I am reading, learning and discovering as I go deeper into my research. I will also maintain a list of links with the opendott tag in my infinite bookmark collection.


EU Flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813508.

* The project started as a partnership between the University of Dundee and Mozilla Foundation.
By mid 2020 its academic arm moved to the Northumbria University

Smart cities, superficially understood as "using information technologies to make urban management more informed, efficient and easy", is a trend already underway in many parts of the world. Trying to persuade municipalities to use more IT is not something I feel my research would contribute much wi...

Repair tech at MozFest

In one week I will conduct the first public activity of my research project in 2021. It will be an open discussion during the Mozilla Festival, called "Universal Registry of Things - promoting the reuse of materials and objects in smart cities". This year the Festival will...

Public Abundance is the Secret to the Green New Deal

The same principle need not be limited to food. “Repair cafés” could be places to meet and relax in every neighbourhood, and where you can also learn how to fix appliances and gadgets, mend clothes, or maintain bicycles. Community tool librari...

Soon after we moved to Berlin last September I had the chance to host a workshop called "Hacking waste management for the smart city" (originally "Reusing things in the smart city", but apparently that title did not attract many participants) at the Data Cities Conference organized by Disruption N...

As I worked further on concept ideas, I had the chance to get back to the people I have engaged with in my research studies and share with them the concepts. Participants were broadly supportive of the path my research was taking. Furthermore, through ongoing conversations with practitioners both...

As briefly mentioned in another post, last month I went through a process of research evaluation at the University. Northumbria calls it an "annual progression", which should take place, obviously, every year during the research period. In my case, it was delayed by about six months, due to the wh...

This is a slightly edited version of an email I sent some weeks ago to my supervisors (all four of them) and project management.

Update: the plans below may be outdated. Please refer to documentation in this GitHub repository.

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In February, we're having the IoT tech training with Officine...

I start typing these words as the sunlight reaches my window for the first time since I arrived back in Berlin, six days ago. I am isolating with my children at our place until the coming weekend, when our mandatory quarantine will be over. If you are reading this so far in the future that our curre...

0.2. This is a snapshot of the working version of a text I wrote for the OpenDoTT blog, as part of our training on Internet Health and Open Leadership. It feeds from and interacts with other materials kept in this repository.

After an unusual summer (wasn't it?), my second year at the O...

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In the Repair Journey, I have asked a group of participants to choose an object they would like to repair or repurpose, and spend some weeks keeping a diary of how the repair (or attempt to repair) we...

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For the Ecosystem Mapping, I have interviewed people who are related (either professionally or informally) with repair and reuse. The main idea was to understand how the value of discarded materials can...

This post will be updated every time my research questions have changed. Current version: January 2021, following my successful Annual Progression review.

Research Question 1 (RQ1): What prevents more widespread reuse of discarded materials in contemporary cities?

To address RQ1, I will i...

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year's edition of Fixfest UK, originally planned to take place in Glasgow, moved to a series of online meetings. I had the chance to present my research and some of the things I am planning to do in next phases of the project.

Now, this move to a strictly onlin...

At the current stage - August 2020 - of the OpenDoTT project, I am working on design concepts that respond to data collected in this first year of work. The data comes from two design research studies; my explorations towards literature review; and reflection upon projects I have been involved w...

Head

In recent weeks I've been skimming through interview transcripts and my (copious) notes. It's a tiresome but rewarding phase of research. Things are starting to make sense, even if I feel it still is over my current grasp. As I work through, though, I find different forms of useful informatio...

Sketching...

The common sense associates recycling with sustainability, leading citizens to think that ideally, all the materials disposed of in a city should undertake that path. Evidence indicates, however, a different reality. There are solid arguments proposing that recycling is not the most...

One of these days I went out for groceries and decided to turn my way back home into the allowed outdoor exercise hour. I was on the free bike and took a longer path back.

Dundee Station

Right before crossing the Riverside Drive to get to the bike path by the Tay, I saw a dancing unicorn. A plush one,...

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Tooling Up: Civic visions, FabLabs, and grassroots activism

Many in the wider ‘maker’ movement can be reluctant to engage in politics overtly, as to do so would appear to constrain the notion of giving...

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Adam Greenfield wrote a series of interesting texts criticizing the usual take on smart cities. I'll be pasting below some excerpts of his work as I (re)read it.

Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet...