“How to Procure Free Software”: Contribution to the “Public Money? Public Code!” campaign

In January 2019, the brochure “Public Money Public Code – Modernising Public Infrastructure with Free Software” was published by the Free Software Foundation Europe as part of their campaign “Public Money? Public Code!”. It contains a short article by me with a few very broad tips on how to procure Free Software as a public …    read more »

Building the Human Blockchain at Omnisecure 2019

In January 2019, I facilitated a workshop on the blockchain at the Omnisecure 2019 conference in Berlin. Omnisecure is an annual conference on “smart identity solutions” such as eIDs, digital payment, blockchain, connected living, etc. I was invited to be the game master of the Human Blockchain, a gamified workshop that lets participants experience how …    read more »

Workshop on Big Data from a knowledge political perspective at the WZB Mercator Forum 2018

In December 2018, I held a workshop on the topic “Whose knowledge counts? Legitimacy of Big Data-driven politics” at the WZB Mercator Forum 2018. The WZB Mercator Forum is a two-day science-policy transfer format at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), funded by Stiftung Mercator. The 2018 edition of the forum dealt with “Big Data 4 …    read more »

“Build your Utopia!” – Workshop on visions of eco-digital societies

In November 2018, my brother Philipp P. Thapa and I facilitated a workshop on utopias that tackle both environmental and digital questions. The occasion for this collaboration was the conference Bits & Bäume in Berlin that brought together people from the environmental movements as well as from the tech scene.  Our workshop was based on utopian thinking …    read more »

Chapter on the challenges of e-government integration in Berlin published

E-government integration, i.e. the joining-up of different IT systems through interfaces, common databases, and harmonized data formats, is the key element for seamless digital processes in government. This new chapter explores and analyses the challenges of e-government integration in the state of Berlin, where each of the 12 Bezirke runs its own IT systems. In …    read more »