Studio Julia Janssen

Research

There is a difference between the physical and the digital. In the physical world, we understand the rules. We have the intuition to detect when conditions are unfair or when the power is unbalanced. In the digital world, we lack that intuition.

 

In the physical world, we also understand our identity. We know when to be a friend, a professional, a student, a child, or a parent, and we know how to choose which one for each situation. In the digital world, we do not understand our identity in the same way. Instead, our identity got determined by companies and institutions, composted by data and algorithms.

 

Julia Janssen researches the impact of digitalization on society – and creates movement towards data ownership and digital sovereignty. The movement consists of various projects, experiments, games, talks, and presentations – to create awareness of the impact of digitalization on society. By making the complexity of information technology understandable for everybody, we can move towards truth data-ownership so that we can choose who knows what about us.

Research Wall | 2020

As a person, you have a particular way of responding to advertisements. You’ve got an opinion about politics or sustainability. You’ve got a social status; You are engaged, divorced, dating, not married yet, or you do not believe in marriage. You have a career, financial situation, and a health condition. It might not seem of great importance to you if you have rodents, cats, dogs, or no pets at all. However, for the data industry, these details are of great value.

 

You continuously leave traces of information. These are captured and analyzed by companies to extract knowledge on your (future) behavior. Currently, all these details about you are fragmented: Collected by different parties for different reasons. Your information is floating unregulated somewhere on a server — an inefficient and uncontrollable system.

 

The data stock is a speculative system designed to structure these data flows. It indicates the production of personal information, determines the value of behavior, and provides control for the producer of the data. Imagine this as a new infrastructure for data traffic. Currently, the data you produce on the server of Google will be directly stored and owned by Google. Envision what will happen if your data will be stored on your server, or in some decentralized cloud network, secured with your private key. Only shared with your consent. You will become the owner of your data stock. You can sell information to commercial parties, donate some for innovation or research, and lock them for specific institutions.

 

The Internet is a new era, and we are just exploring its possibilities. Data means opportunities to improve healthcare, infrastructure, education, and safety. It can improve our individual and collective environment, but we have to develop a system which does not support the abuse of privacy. Control over information is vital to maintain an autonomous identity and to secure a sustainable future of the Internet.

 

Data Stocks are inspired by the Stock Exchange. The value of information

is not permanent;  it fluctuates based on behavior, conditions, and needs.

Data Stocks Sysem | 2018

This system is designed to function as the basic principle for all the games and experiments in the Attention Fair installation. It's based on 15 months of research into data- and Internet economics.

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Podcast | Achter de klik

Behind the Click (Dutch)

All episodes and links

Julia Janssen takes you on a journey behind the surface of the Internet. Because what happens on the other side of the screen when you click? The online universe has a lot to offer. But what price do we pay for access?

Agenda

OCT 17, 2020 | TALKSHOW (NL)

[De strijd om het

Internet / The Battle for the Internet] VPRO Tegenlicht

 

OCT 19, 2020 | TALK (ENG)

[Young Talent] DDW TV

 

OCT 21, 2020 | TALK (ENG)

[Privacy as the New Intimacy] Dezeen & DDW TV

 

OCT 17-25, 2020 | EXPO

[Why :i:like Green] online exhibition, Dutch Design Week

News

AUG 2020 | IN MAGAZINE

[0.0146 seconds] at Into The Great Wide Open

MAR 2020 | IN POLITICS

Kathalijne Buitenweg (GroenLinks) during a debate on the future of the information society in the House of Representatives:

"Julia Janssen shows the tremendous importance of art and culture in making us think about what is happening in our society. Secondly, she shows the absurdity of the premise of permission. Because how can this be 'informed consent?'"

AUG 2020 | ON THE RADIO

[News&Co] NPO Radio 1

JAN 2020 | INTERVIEW

[Data Sharing Days]

OCT 2020 | IN NEWSPAPER

[de Volkskrant] (Page 3!!)

OCT 2020 | ON THE RADIO

[8:00h Journal] NPO Radio 1

OCT 2020 | ON TV

[VRPO de toekomstbouwers | Futurebuilders] NPO (first 5 minutes)

OCT 2020 | IN NEWSPAPER

[Trouw]

OCT 2020 | ON TV

[EditieNL] RTL4

OCT 2020 | ON THE RADIO

[Spraakmakers] KRO-NCRV

OCT 2020 | ON THE RADIO

[BNR Digitaal] BNR Newsradio

OCT 2018 | IN A MINI DOCU

[Talent portrait] Talent Development, Creative fund NL

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Research

There is a difference between the physical and the digital. In the physical world, we understand the rules. We have the intuition to detect when conditions are unfair or when the power is unbalanced. In the digital world, we lack that intuition.

 

In the physical world, we also understand our identity. We know when to be a friend, a professional, a student, a child, or a parent, and we know how to choose which one for each situation. In the digital world, we do not understand our identity in the same way. Instead, our identity got determined by companies and institutions, composted by data and algorithms.

 

Julia Janssen researches the impact of digitalization on society – and creates movement towards data ownership and digital sovereignty. The movement consists of various projects, experiments, games, talks, and presentations – to create awareness of the impact of digitalization on society. By making the complexity of information technology understandable for everybody, we can move towards truth data-ownership so that we can choose who knows what about us.

As a person, you have a particular way of responding to advertisements. You’ve got an opinion about politics or sustainability. You’ve got a social status; You are engaged, divorced, dating, not married yet, or you do not believe in marriage. You have a career, financial situation, and a health condition. It might not seem of great importance to you if you have rodents, cats, dogs, or no pets at all. However, for the data industry, these details are of great value.

 

You continuously leave traces of information. These are captured and analyzed by companies to extract knowledge on your (future) behavior. Currently, all these details about you are fragmented: Collected by different parties for different reasons. Your information is floating unregulated somewhere on a server — an inefficient and uncontrollable system.

 

The data stock is a speculative system designed to structure these data flows. It indicates the production of personal information, determines the value of behavior, and provides control for the producer of the data. Imagine this as a new infrastructure for data traffic. Currently, the data you produce on the server of Google will be directly stored and owned by Google. Envision what will happen if your data will be stored on your server, or in some decentralized cloud network, secured with your private key. Only shared with your consent. You will become the owner of your data stock. You can sell information to commercial parties, donate some for innovation or research, and lock them for specific institutions.

 

The Internet is a new era, and we are just exploring its possibilities. Data means opportunities to improve healthcare, infrastructure, education, and safety. It can improve our individual and collective environment, but we have to develop a system which does not support the abuse of privacy. Control over information is vital to maintain an autonomous identity and to secure a sustainable future of the Internet.

 

Data Stocks are inspired by the Stock Exchange. The value of information

is not permanent;  it fluctuates based on behavior, conditions, and needs.