For those not familiar yet, this summer I started to work for the Basic Internet Foundation, based in Norway. Foundation is an organisation that aims at optimised content delivery on capacity-limited networks, and offers free access to low capacity Internet as a carrier of digital content to people in areas with low admission and / or no Internet coverage. Also, it assists organisations and companies to adapt and disseminate information for the affected recipients should be able to help themselves. Assistance may include educational systems, healthcare, agriculture information, innovation, research and development, banking or other services that contribute to increased welfare and value creation to benefit the population in the respective areas.
The Foundation was established in December 2014 as a collaboration between The University Graduate Centre (UNIK) and Kjeller Innovasjon AS. The impact of Basic Internet for the Digital Society is seen as a continuation of Internet deployment from Kjeller, starting with the Arpanet deployment in 1973, and with Opera Software in 1994.
One of our latest missions is free Information Internet (InfoInternet) that addresses Digital Inclusion (following the Sustainability Development Goals – SDG 2030), and enables digital access to vulnerable areas worldwide (Africa, India, etc.), and thus contributing to bridging the digital divides. The major InfoInternet principles include:
- Free access to all content being text and pictures, paid access to high-bandwidth services
- All the Internet, without favouring or blocking particular products or websites (respecting net neutrality)
More about InfoInternet, you can read here. Basic Internet Access for all is the vision of the Foundation. If you’re interested and want to contribute to a world of free access to basic information on health care, education or development, join our quest to make this vision a reality!
And follow the Basic Internet Foundation on Twitter!
This month (and year) is ten year anniversary of this site and blog. Can you believe how fast a decade passed by? I’ve been publishing online since 2001 on different platforms (LiveJournal, Wired blogs, Blogger) and finally found the place here at my dedicated website.
I started here with small posts on culture, technology, life, academia, travel, a micro-snippets of daily life. In 10 years, I’m grateful to share all the events, new findings, travels, and life stories with you. In 10 years, I learned a lot! It’s been both challenging and rewarding, mostly rewarding and full of blessings. For 10 years we’ve seen how technologies changed, how the web evolved from 1.0 into 2.0 and further on into web 3.0/social/semantic version of itself; and now we have the big data and Internet of Things (IoT) and the vast of new and exciting technologies to embrace. And new generations, millennials and post-millennials are dictating in a way the dynamics of the ICT and online communication. Now, everything is brief, short, micro-posted online, and the attention is the most wanted and valuable asset.
Here are the top 10 things I learned in the past 10 years. These professional lessons can be also applied to a personal life, and the list would go on and on:
1. to know when to take chances and risk and when to say “no”. Also, it is OK to switch to a different field or profession;
2. to accept collaborations and projects even if they are outside my comfort zone of knowledge and skills;
3. to learn new things at work as I go. You don’t wait to be “ready”, you make yourself ready by daily learning and gaining new skills;
4. to be aware that there may be some people on the way who may try to destabilize or diminish your work, and then you have to change your focus and direction immediately and,
5. to focus on the good and positive new people you will collaborate with, and enjoy the blessings that these collaborations will bring only great fruitions and awards,
6. to maintain and keep connections, people, and collaborations who mean well and work both for your good and common good;
8. to know when to quit the gig/job/work knowing that,
9. when you close one door, the others are opening right beside you (trust me this is so true, been there done that), and
10. to have the courage and always to listen to your own self.
I hope these micro-reflections can inspire you for your own profession and life.
Thank you for reading and following this blog all through the years, stay tuned for new and exciting stories
Since the life can get hectic when you work several things, I finally found a bit of time for the current update on my appointments and whereabouts. I love to be occupied with several projects, gigs, jobs (if you like it) because they are interconnected and entail all my professional and personal interests and expertise.
Since January this year, I’m serving as Advisory board member at International Child Art Foundation (ICAF), Washington DC. ICAF serves children worldwide, an organisation that employs the arts to build bonds of understanding and creativity and empathy among children around the world. Check out the ways you can support ICAF – here.
This spring I joined the Basic Internet Foundation (Oslo, Norway) as Digital Equality Advisor, and I’m working on international project that provides the underconnected areas (such African countries) with open and free access to the Internet, as well as to basic information on health care, education, help to girls and women, and development.
And finally, my new Internet research interest is IoTSec (the security of Internet of Things) and I’ve been given the opportunity to work as a visiting researcher at UNIK research institute in Norway. The research is related to the NFR project “IoTSec – Security in Internet of Things (IoT) for Smart Grids”, and my contribution is on Internet-related social innovation and social implications into IoTSec.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to have an opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Also, with my business partner, I initiated a start-up, you’ll hear about it in some future posts. Until the next writing, thanks for reading
Last week I was in Slovenia for BledCom symposium. Here you can check out #BledCom conversation and live stream tweets from the event. I was presenting a paper in progress on the behalf of two other colleagues of mine, and I won’t talk about this right now because it is a research in progress.
At the symposium, I met a wonderful group of PR and internet professionals from all over the world. One of them was a professor at Stockton University in New Jersey (USA), Ai Zhang, who uses Snapchat successfully in the classroom to coach and engage with her students. Ai introduced me to Snapchat secrets, filters, tips & tricks, so I started actively to use it for a week now, and I love it so much!
For those not familiar, in a nutshell: Snapchat is a mobile friendly app for quickly interaction via photo, video and caption. “Snaps” are the messages sent within the application. Snapchat has a “self-destructing” feature where the photo or video is instantly deleted seconds after it’s opened by the recipient. Also, there are Stories feature where users can create an ongoing compilation of ‘snaps’ from the last 24 hours for everyone to see. They can be viewed over and over again throughout the 24 hours.
I live-streamed some presentations from BledCom conference, my trip to Bled, Slovenia (and around), and post-conference frolics, and everyday life snaps. I mostly post snaps in English so the majority of people and friends can understand what I’m writing and talking about. If you’re also into Snapchat, feel free to add/follow me: Danica.Rad
I know this is rather a bit tardy to announce (read: a dynamic period over here), however, last month I won an award for the best dissertation in 2015! I won few awards before (once for the best short story in the literature and one for the ICTs contribution at theFaculty of Engineering), and this one I didn’t expect to get. Apart from any public recognitions, I am always aware of the value of my own work, on the amount of time and energy I put into it and to get things done in the best possible manner.
To be honest, I was hoping not to get it, how silly :)? Of course, it is a great honour and I am very glad that Serbian Public Relations Association (DSOJ) and the jury recognized the relevance of my research (ICTs in education, examining the internet dynamics and digital inequalities, etc.). I want to thank to Serbian Public Relations Association and the jury of DSOJ. Here is the PhD in Serbian; sorry folks, those who want to translate it into English, please do ping me. I’m overly saturated with own manuscript.
This is a citation reference:
Radovanović, Danica. Uticaj internet zajednica na komunikaciono – društvene procese u umreženom okruženju. Doktorat, Fakultet tehničkih nauka, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu, 2015.
Net neutrality as a principle not only implies that all internet traffic should be treated equally, also it is the human right to the full resources on the internet, free flow of the information easily accessible to all individuals and companies, and the unfettered innovation.
Last October, the EU parliament voted new net neutrality rules to preserve that principle in law, however, these regulations are threatened by a number of gaps. In order to keep Europe innovative, it is crucial that MEPs adopt amendments for stronger net neutrality.
The general public response is the one of disappointment, and the following points are of immediate concern to us, points that MEPs should insist on:
- “Specialised services” allows the creation of internet fast lanes for companies that pay to have their content load faster. MEPs should insist on the amendments that close ‘specialized services’— as now they interfere with the concept of “open internet”.
- The current amendments allow “zero-rating” of the services; this means that ISPs and telecom operators are offering a specific service or bundle of services for free. We should be cautious about “zero rating” projects that offer “free” internet. The recent example is Facebook’s Free Basics service (formerly known as Internet.org) that offers free internet access to the developing world aiming to bridge the digital divide. Let’s call things their name, this nothing has to do with “charity”, this business strategy runs against the idea of net neutrality.
- ISPs are allowed to define the traffic management, classes of services, and speed of the traffic. What EU regulation is essentially saying here is that all internet data is equal, but some are more equal than others? The net neutrality doesn’t support this kind of discrimination.
As individuals, we are experiencing the growing number of threats to the very existence of the internet, such as censorship, surveillance and concentrations of power. Back in 2012, I was one of the presenters at the World Wide Web (WWW) conference in Lyon, France, where the founder of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee in his inspiring keynote made a plea for a free and open internet. He expressed his concerns regarding the collection and use of personal data and touched the most pressing issues of open data, open government, privacy and control, and net neutrality. For TBL, the threat comes mainly from industry, and users of the internet must act and not hesitate to claim their personal data from Google or Facebook for example.
Obviously, we all need to reflect individually on these present critical issues in our society and embrace collectively actions that will foster the growth, stability, and healthy, open and neutral ecosystem of the internet. Since democracy depends on the open internet – so the human discourse depends on the open internet as well, with the massive engagement where everyone gets involved.
BEREC, the European telecoms regulator group has the challenge to create a single set of guidelines which meet the regulation’s above points, and they are due at the end August.
You can join the global campaign for the net neutrality and undertake an action by making a statement and share it via social media channels or take community actions (attend or organise an event in your area, join the net neutrality debate).
The internet belongs to all of us as a human right, after all, the digital rights are human rights.