the Commons in the age of Ubiquitous Technologies.
What is it?
The Ubiquitous Commons is an international research effort dedicated to understanding the transformation of data, information and knowledge in the age of ubiquitous technologies.
On the one hand it is dedicated to gaining critical understandings of the social, anthropological, psychological, aesthetic, political mutations which are coming about – and which will be in the near future – with the hyper-interconnectivity among human beings, their bodies, objects and places, and with the possibilities for massive data and information collection practices which are made possible through the usage of ubiquitous technologies, both from a critical and constructive point of view.
On the other hand, it is dedicated to creating tools and practices through which citizens, institutions, organizations, enterprises, researchers and other stakeholders can enact shared, participatory and ethical processes in which all subjects become actively engaged in defining how the data and information they produce (through their bodies, expressions, movements, actions, gestures…) are used, making sure that their rights are protected and that ethical initiatives for science, civic action, social organization and coordination become possible and desirable.
Ubiquitous Commons acts in ways which are completely interdisciplinary, moving across scientific and humanistic research, arts and design, institutional and economic action, activism and advocacy, urban studies and rural innovation, through education processes, research, development, near future design scenarios and aesthetic actions which are intended to broaden the perception of “possibility” for both people and organizations, in constructive, enabling the formation of novel points of view and possibilities.