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Design researcher | Technology | Research projects

Julia Janssen

Julia Janssen is a design researcher, specialized in investigating the impact of technology on society.

Keynote Speaker,Moderator
Keynote Speaker,Moderator,

Specialist Subjects

1. Het product van de Internet Economie

This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the commercial existence of the World Wide Web. A system that was initially developed for communication and knowledge sharing. Companies like Amazon and eBay started selling books and electronics via the internet in ’94. At the time, it was perhaps an unimaginable development that, 25 years later, it was not these goods but rather the information – the ‘knowledge’ that was ‘communicated’ in order to make the purchase – that would become the most important product of the Internet.

2. Het kapitaal van kennis

The saying ‘knowledge is power’ is a cliché, but in this context it is more accurate than ever. In view of technological and economic developments, the party that holds the data also becomes the party with the most power. In 2018, Google had a turnover of more than 116 billion dollars, derived solely from the trade in personalized advertisements. Net?ix developed a completely different revenue model with data. Namely learning about how people consume entertainment in order to offer new content. There are different ways for a company to make money with data. But what, apart from this monetary expression, is the capital that is hidden in knowledge? And how can we ensure that this capital does not circulate exclusively within big tech companies?

3. Een klik staat gelijk aan 835 keer ‘akkoord’

An access to a platform, website or application is only possible after ‘agreeing’ with the cookies and privacy statement; long, dry and legal texts that – let’s face it – nobody reads. An average internet user agrees to 1700 privacy statements every year. Research into exactly what you agree to (when you click the button with a synonym of ‘accept’, ‘I understand’ or ‘I want a well-functioning website’) has shown that in many cases this one click has multiple destinations. A single click on OK may be equivalent to agreeing to hundreds of privacy conditions.

4. “The Attention Fair” expositie

Julia Janssen can be booked as a speaker, but also offers an exhibition called The Attention Fair. This is an installation of existing 12 games, visualizations and experiments around her research into data economics. It can be exhibited during a conference or event (in the past for example at Beyond Data – data for society and MoneyLab – Infrastructures of Money.
Elements in The Attention Fair are both passive and interactive, physical and digital. Examples:
Interactive, physical:
– A card game of online behavioural characteristics
Interactive, digital:
– An online gambling game in which your own personal details are at stake.
Passive physical
– A shop display ‘products’ from the internet (people with different pros and cons)
Passive digital
– A visual imagery for privacy terms and conditions

5. “Attention Fair // Talks" interactieve sessie

During the interactive session, the games and experiments from the installation “The Attention Fair” will be used in a seminar form. She guides the participants in the games and gives them more context and explanation. When booking this session, the number of participants, available time, equipment and space must be discussed in advance.

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