Geert Lovink on Thu, 9 Oct 2008 19:44:59 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> The Internet of Things by Rob Kranenburg out now

‘The Internet of Things’ by Rob van Kranenburg out now
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INC Network Notebook #2
Rob van Kranenburg, The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient  
technology and the all-seeing network of RFID. Report prepared by Rob  
van Kranenburg for the Institute of Network Cultures with  
contributions by Sean Dodson.
64 pages, design by Léon & Loes

The Internet of Things - Network Notebook Launch
Date and time: Tuesday 28 October 2008 at 17h00
Location: Waag Society, Theatrum Anatomicum, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam
Free entrance, send an email to if you want to  
attend the launch.

The Internet of Things is the second issue in the series of Network  
Notebooks. It’s a critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing  
network of RFID by Rob van Kranenburg. Rob examines what impact RFID  
and other systems, will have on our cities and our wider society. He  
currently works at Waag Society as program leader for the Public  
Domain and wrote earlier an article about this topic in the Waag  
magazine and is the co-founder of the DIFR Network. The notebook  
features an introduction by journalist and writer Sean Dodson.

The launch includes short presentations from Martijn de Waal, Eric  
Kluitenberg and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, and a discussion, led by Geert  

In Network Notebook #2, titled The Internet of Things, Rob van  
Kranenburg outlines his vision of the future. He tells of his early  
encounters with the kind of location-based technologies that will soon  
become commonplace, and what they may mean for us all. He explores the  
emergence of the “internet of things”, tracing us through its origins  
in the mundane back-end world of the international supply chain to the  
domestic applications that already exist in an embryonic stage. He  
also explains how the adoption of he technologies of the City Control  
is not inevitable, nor something that we must kindly accept nor  
sleepwalk into. In van Kranenburg’s account of the creation of the  
international network of Bricolabs, he also suggests how each of us  
can help contribute to building technologies of trust and empower  
ourselves in the age of mass surveillance and ambient technologies.

Table of Contents:

    1. Forward: A tale of two cities Sean Dodson
    2. Ambient Intelligence and its promises
    3. Ambient Intelligence and its catches
    4. Bricolabs
    5. How to act

This issue is free available in print and pdf form:

To receive a paper copy of The Internet of Things send an email to  
books (at)

The Network Notebooks series is edited by Geert Lovink and Sabine  
Niederer. Network Notebooks #2 is supported by Amsterdam University of  
Applied Sciences (HvA) and Waag Society.

For Network Notebooks 01 by Rosalind Gill see:  Technobohemians or the  
new Cybertariat? .

Press: Please contact Rob van Kranenburg at Waag Society, email rob  

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