We’re trying something new. We’re going to start sharing a short update each month about some of the things we’ve been up to - starting with July.
It was a pretty busy month for us with some new projects and loads of events where we’ve been talking about our work.
But first, there’s an important change to the IF team that I’d like to mention - Richard will be leaving at the end of August. He’s done some brilliant work with us at IF and we are excited to see what he does next.
This week, we launched a new report into Secure software updates for the Internet of Things. The report outlines security challenges in IoT updates and puts forward a case for an open source toolkit capable of running a minimal version of TLS for IoT products. Have a read and let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of July’s highlights was working with Bulb energy on a Data Ethics Toolkit. As Sarah announced back in April, the Data Ethics Toolkits are IF’s new service to help organisations better understand how they manage data. Bulb decided to work with us because they recognise that data ethics matters to their members - we’ll be publishing a blog post on our work together soon.
Back at the start of the month, Sarah and Justine enjoyed a short trip to Paris for the Digital Colloque, where the British and French governments committed to working together to improve digital services across the two countries. Sarah sat on a panel about platform regulation and talked about the need to incorporate delivery (prototyping, testing and iterating) into policy-making, so the laws of the future are practical and effective.
Harry and I spent the day at the Co:ed ethics conference a couple of weeks ago, where Harry talked about power, ethics and design education. He argued that product teams need to develop new skills and have better conversations about the ethical impact of their decisions. We’re working on practical training around data and ethics - we’ll be sharing more about that soon.
Design is a position of power. As designers we need to understand the impact of what we build - does it distribute or concentrate power? @HarryTrimble @richardjpope @coedethics pic.twitter.com/8tFjc5qSGD— IF (@projectsbyif) 13 July 2018
Last week, Georgina and I went to Decoded for a lunch and learn, where we shared some of our recent work with the team. They were a really warm and welcoming bunch and we had a great discussion over lunch. Thanks for having us!
Great lunch&learn w/ @projectsbyif. Design patterns, prototypes and tools that help people understand and exercise their digital rights. "Companies that think about this now, will have trust as their competitive advantage in the future". @DecodedCo pic.twitter.com/DIfkh2Lwot— John Ridpath (@johnridpath) 24 July 2018
And finally, in case you missed our recent blog posts, Georgina wrote about the work we’ve done designing a new approach to consent in healthcare and Nat wrote about how we can get better at explaining machine learning systems to people.
That’s all for July - keep a look out for August’s month notes. We have a short month ahead as we’re on a summer break for the last week.