vendredi 23 novembre 2012

The App frenzy in figures

Our survey will document also the app frenzy on mobile phones and this paper gives interesting figures about this trend, asking whether it is challenging the very nature of the web.

Dan Swinhoe (Global) - The App Revolution: How this Varies By Market

vendredi 14 septembre 2012

Participez à la recherche "habitele"

Projet de Recherche Habitèle - Etude internationale sur les identités numériques portables et les usages du téléphone mobile
Appel à participation pour entretiens

Le médialab, le Centre d’études européennes de Sciences-Po Paris et l’école d’ingénieurs Télécom ParisTech se sont associés pour mener à bien une étude internationale sur les identités numériques portables et les usages du téléphone mobile.

Les usages du mobile et de manière plus large les dispositifs numériques que nous emportons avec nous modifient nos pratiques quotidiennes. Cette étude tente de comprendre ce qui a changé depuis l’arrivée du téléphone mobile dans nos vies. Pourquoi le téléphone mobile est devenu un objet essentiel dans la gestion de nos activités et échanges quotidiens ? Comment gérons-nous nos données personnelles ? De quelle manière vivons-nous dans un monde sans cesse connecté ? Comment faisons-nous lorsque nous ne disposons plus des dispositifs que nous emportons avec nous et qui nous permettent d’agir au quotidien (téléphone mobile, carte bleue, badges d’accès électroniques, etc.) ? Ces habitudes varient-elles d'un pays à l’autre ?

Afin de mener à bien cette étude, nous souhaitons interviewer des personnes possédant au moins un téléphone portable (smartphone ou non). Les entretiens d’une durée d’une heure environ seront réalisés en face à face dans un lieu et à un moment à votre convenance. Les données de l’étude seront entièrement anonymisées et ne feront en aucun cas l’objet d’une exploitation commerciale ; elles ne seront transmises à aucun tiers. Un dédommagement est prévu pour votre participation.

Si vous souhaitez participer ou obtenir plus d’information sur l’étude, vous pouvez dès à présent contacter Maxime Crépel (chargé d’études à Sciences-Po) par téléphone ou par mail maxime[point]crepel[arobase]sciences-po[point]org ou Audrey Lohard (chargée d’études à Sciences-Po) par téléphone ou par mail audrey[point]lohard[arobase]sciences-po[point]fr

Nous vous remercions d’avance pour votre participation et espérons pouvoir bientôt vous rencontrer.

 Le Centre d’Etudes Européennes - Sciences-Po
Le Medialab - Sciences-Po

mardi 19 juin 2012

Video lecture about habitele

Finally , friends from Irvine managed to publish this video about the lecture D. Boullier gave in May about habitele. It could be considered as the first publication about habitele in english, a rather lively one, since questions were very relevant!

samedi 26 mai 2012

Give your information one home

This is the slogan for one of the many personal data management systems that are emerging now. This one is called "Personal". Those of you who tested it could tell us if they really understand the strength of "home", as we do in habitele!
Many other services of the same kind are available now, if you want to search for them, you should go to the "personal data ecosytem" pearl in the pearltree habitele (don't know about this bookmarks sharing system?)

samedi 12 mai 2012

A talk on habitele at University of California Irvine


An opportunity to discuss the habitele theory framework in the US:
Dominique Boullier will give a talk at University of California Irvine
“From Personal Data Ecosystems and Mobile Phones to Habitele: anthropological theory of wearable digital identities”
A talk by Dominque Boullier
Talk: Friday, May 18, 3:00-4:30 pm, in Donald Bren Hall room 5011

Good attendance and remarkable questions, from which I select these two:
1/ isn't habitele still too much focused on Ego ? This is true when we start to explain it in order ot challenged the doxa in that area of identities. However, the method try to obtain tat from relational activity, including the outside influence. This means that Ego is defined by a major feature which invades Ego and incorpotes it in the sphere of this attribute (e.g. being a member of a tennis club means that when a call arrives from this social workl Ego is summed up as this affiliation and attracted by the influence of "tennis club" (the agency here is tennis club). But we mus be cautious in not developing a new vision of an extended ego when analyzing habitele.
2/ why ot study only the social life of data  and stop trying to connect it to individuals? It could be an approach  very legitimate, and relevant, the one we do at the médialab, studying the topology of the web. However, our goal in the habitele theory is precisely to say at the crossroad between a connected being defined by its personal data ecosystem (and this may become a pure computer sciences issue) and a connected being who still has a body (and a device that is always carried close to it). This is why habitele is both about the technical architecture which is built and the body that inhabits it. It may seem a contradiction, it is only the experiential field of any process of inhabiting.
3/ are the social worlds divided in 5 areas not too restrictive and/or too much affecting the research strategy? They are just here to remind us of a pluralist definition of affiliation, of the various social worlds. We shall let users categorize by themselves, but in order to present them with a general pattern of their own behaviour, we need to aggregate the veru diverse affiliations observed. The preestablished categories must stand for very provisory definitions, to be challenged. Some new one were proposed by Irvine colleagues, quite relevant ones!

mardi 1 mai 2012

Habitele closer and closer to the body...

The habitele theory is based on our ability to create a new skin, a new envelop made of digital identities, which become wearable. Look at this bra and you'll understand why habitele may get very close to "habit" (clothes in french) and how far we've gone to connect our body to the network that gives access to our digital social worlds. Not yet cyborg but close...

mercredi 25 avril 2012

Forensics tools used for habitele project

Finally we decided to adopt forensics tools to extract data from the mobile phones. We shall use Oxygen Forensics suite 2012, a very powerful software, supporting 4200 phones models. What was important in our choice is the focus that we need on tracking the activity of the user with his/ her contacts from the phone book. Zokem tracker did not provide any information about that and emphasizes the tracking of apps activity (which is  the most valuable information from a marketing point of view). Of course, we'd like to have both types of data and we'll need to develop social sciences oriented applications to do that. Maybe this is what the CNIL (french regulation board on personal data and computing) will develop with INRIA (major research center in computer sciences). This is what I was told during an recent audition I had with this organization about personal data, that are not personal but relational in habitele's framework.

mardi 27 mars 2012

A social bookmarking system Pearltrees about habitele

We created a Pearl on pearltrees about habitele. This is the best way to share our documentation ressources and to let everybody contribute on this topic. You can join it here

mercredi 4 janvier 2012

Mobile communications and spatial distribution

Some papers were recently published demonstrating that the spatial distribution of mobile communications reflects the administrative borders (in Great Britain, for land lines, in Belgium, and in France). The research papers were based on the processing of millions of mobile communications using the zip code of the subscription bill or the most frequent local antenna used during the night. People seem to be amazed by the results and the prevalence of traditional spatial distribution, which means that they thought mobile phones were addressing an issue of mobility: we challenged that from the very beginning in the habitele project and these results confirm our choices. Mobile phones are more personal and portable than mobile. The mobility that is provided as a new paradigm is a social one by switching between social worlds we belong to.
The belgian study
The french study
The british study (from MIT Carlo Ratti's team, based on land lines)