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

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...

An update, sketched for formal reasons:

I started my research in Dundee last year writing a Career Development Plan in which I stated what were the opportunities I would be looking for in terms of learning, experimenting and seeking collaboration and exchange. Since then I have progressed in mul...

As part of the Repair Journey research study, I decided to apply to myself what I am asking participants to do. So upon asking them to keep a repair diary for what was originally meant to be two weeks, I started a diary myself.

Two weeks into it, it feels the duration is somewhat arbitrary. Amid a...

How long is it acceptable for a good to be kept out of use? What is the threshold? Time, intention, usefulness?

Could a bike kept outside for a month be reclaimed?

How about six months, one year, more?

Whose

Whose object is this?

Remains

Whose object was this? Who's taking care of its rema...

Message sent on the first day of the study:

Hi, and thanks again for signing up to this research study. As you may be aware by now, I'm asking you to keep for the next couple of weeks a diary of an object that needs repair. I hope you have decided what object you will be focusing on. Otherwise, fe...

Excerpts of the message sent to participants of the Repair Journey research study, some days ahead of starting:


The study will start next Monday. For two weeks, I will be proposing different activities to create what I'm calling Repair Diaries. You are not required to dedicate much of your time...

Last month as the UK slowly went into its own type of lockdown mode, I used the remaining freedom of exercising outdoors and brought my kids to cycle towards the Riverside Nature Park:

Riverside Nature Park has been created from Dundee's old landfill site. Trees and wildflowers have been plant...

I'm not a fan of using dictionary entries to define terms, as I believe meaning is built on interaction rather than prescribed by a fixed rule book. That said, I do love etymology, as a sort of social history of words and concepts. And I figured that might come to rescue at this point of my research...

After meeting (on video) with a new member of my supervisory team last week, I started thinking about a possible parallel of waste and the kind of novelty offered by ride-sharing platforms. These relatively new alternatives can in some cases be seen as more efficient than public transport - that is,...

Still transcribing and editing some reflections about, among other issues, the impact of the current events in my research. As already mentioned in my research blog, I had some concrete plans for the near future. Part of it was performing an ecosystem mapping: I would visit diverse organisations, pr...

As mentioned elsewhere in my research blog, I have been using an audio recorder to document musings while in voluntary confinement. Here’s an edited (and expanded) transcript of some of these recordings, made some days ago. It does not necessarily lead to coherent thinking. Rather, I see it as a way...

A good friend praised me in social media one of these days. He mentioned my insistence (an obsession, one might call) in asking members of our collective projects in Brazil to always document whatever they did. It doesn’t matter how, I used to say. Even a loose paper sheet by the workbench was bette...

At this moment, everywhere in the world, immense pressure is being put over services such as the public health system, utilities and the production of essential goods such as food, medical supplies and protective gear. As usual, I have been thinking about the other end of industrial production. As u...

Trying to keep personal notes during the Corona outbreak (and links here), and to understand how these times will ping back into my research. I'll be posting some of these notes in this blog, and right now I'm more aware of the fragility of its current form. My blog is hosted in someone else's ser...

This is the second in a series of texts in which I am drawing the boundaries of my PhD investigation. In the first one, I have explored references that bring about a critical perspective on the topic of smart cities. In this one, I will focus on waste management. It is an important theme, often me...

Whilst preparing to travel to Berlin next week and participate in Transmediale 2020, I found by chance my profile page in their website. Curiously, I had totally forgotten of my remote participation in a panel called "Remixing Digital Cities" in the 2013 edition of Transmediale. It had been less...