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Check in / Check uit. Digitalisering van de openbare ruimte | Christian van ’t Hof, Floortje Daemen, Rinie van Est | 9789056627409

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Check in / Check uit

Digitalisering van de openbare ruimte

Author:Christian van ’t Hof, Floortje Daemen, Rinie van Est

Publisher:NAi Uitgevers

ISBN: 978-90-5662-740-9

  • Paperback
  • Dutch
  • 272 Pages
  • May 1, 2010

Mobile phones, public transport smart cards, security cameras and GPS systems in our car - we are surrounded by digital devices. They track us, guide us, help us, and control us. The book Check In / Check Out. The Public Space as an Internet of Things shows us how our digital and physical worlds are rapidly merging into an Internet of Things. We've checked in, but can we still check out?

/ Also published in English


Mobile phones, public transport smart cards, security cameras and GPS systems in our car - we are surrounded by digital devices. They track us, guide us, help us, and control us. The book Check In / Check Out. The Public Space as an Internet of Things shows us how our digital and physical worlds are rapidly merging into an Internet of Things. We’ve checked in, but can we still check out?

As our information society is entering a new phase, we no longer surf on the net, we live in the net. While we are travelling, working and shopping, we continuously check in and check out. These digital transactions show governments and companies where we are and what we are doing. We have become moving dots on a digital map. In exchange for this loss of privacy, we get access to information, spaces and goods. But what are the risks? And what price will we pay?

The authors of Check In / Check Out - researchers from the Dutch science and technology think tank The Rathenau Instituut - demonstrate how we should start managing our digital identity, by providing a set of design principles for this Internet of Things. These design principles are aimed to balance the power struggle between governments, businesses and the users of digitized public space. Protecting privacy is just one side of the story, more important is the empowerment of users. Questions answered are: what can we do to make technology work for users and not against them? When can the right to privacy be revoked because the security stakes are too high? How can users profit from their personal data? Should governments allow their citizens more control over their digital identities?

/ Also published in English


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