the project
With the technological progress and automation of human labor, we are transitioning to information economy, where information becomes the main raw material for economic growth, and production of information becomes the new nature of work. Failing to recognize that every bit of data we produce online is contributing to the larger system and claim ownership of it, allows others to do so. Large amounts of data collected and agglomerated by big tech companies lead to monopolization of information markets. This tendency, when coupled with further development of Internet of Things and wearable gadgets that allow to collect larger amounts of even more valuable data, results in unsustainable wealth distribution that ultimately leads to erosion of the middle class and market society. Project Data Coup is aimed at raising awareness about the fact that default way we treat information, if unchallenged, can lead to serious societal-level implications; and offers possible solution to the problem. With the core belief that
information has to be treated as an open commodity, the project envisions an ecosystem that allows everyone who is interested in accessing people’s generated data, to do so directly without having to go through the third party; and for people, on other hand, to benefit from the data they produce while exercising control – what information they are willing to share, whom they share it with, and how much they get paid for it. Powered by blockchain protocol, the ecosystem relies on Augmented Reality devices as a key medium. For users it allows to collect and sell their data to interested or approved parties. For companies it provides an opportunity to interact with users directly, by augmenting reality around them with contextually placed digital content. As a result, city becomes a fundamental component of the system, providing a stage for the whole new type of interactions.
Project Data Coup has been conceived and developed as part of the Hybrid Urbanism Program at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow in 2016.

papers

1. Varian, Hal R.. 2010. Computer Mediated Transactions. American Economic Review, 100(2): 1-10.

2. Zuboff, Shoshana. 2015. Big Other: Surveillance Capitalism and the Prospects of an Information Civilization. Journal of Information Technology (2015) 30, 75–89.

3. Persson, Petra. 2016. Attention Manipulation and Information Overload: Barriers to Consumer Protection. Stanford University.

4. Gullström, Charlie. 2010. Presence Design. Mediated Spaces Extending Architecture. Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

5. Lehdonvirta, Vili. 2009. Virtual Consumption. Turku: Turku School of Economics.

6. Robert M. Bond, Christopher J. Fariss, Jason J. Jones, Adam D.I. Kramer, Cameron Marlow, Jaime E. Settle, James H. Fowler. A 61-Million-Person Experiment in Social Influence and Political Mobilization. Political Science Department, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California.

7. K. Carrie Armel, Aurelie Beaumel, and Antonio Rangel. 2008. Biasing simple choices by manipulating relative visual attention. Department of Economics, Stanford University, HSS & Computational and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology.

8. Bellamy Foster, John and W. McChesney, Robert. 2014. Surveillance Capitalism. Monopoly-Finance Capital, the Military-Industrial Complex, and the Digital Age. Monthly Review, Volume 66, Issue 03.

9. Landay, Lori. 2008. Having But Not Holding: Consumerism and Commodification in Second Life. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research.

10. Mortimer, Thomas. 1801. Lectures on the Elements of Commerce, Politics and Finances.

11. Epstein, Robert. 2016. New Mind Control. How Internet Flips Elections and Alters Our Thoughts. Aeon Magazine.

12. Stark, Chelsea. 2016. Misled Memories. Virtual reality is ready to manipulate your emotions. Mashable.

13. Lanier, Jaron. 2013. Who Owns the Future. Simon and Schuster.

14. Lanier, Jaron. 2014. On Facebook and the Creepy Possibilities for Virtual Reality. Techonomy.

15. Kas, Thomas. 2015. Should Google Pay Its Users? Bigthink.

16. Morozov, Evgeny. 2014. The rise of data and the death of politics. The Guardian.

17. Morozov, Evgeny. 2014. Who pays for us to browse the web? Be wary of Google’s latest answer. The Guardian.

18. Morozov, Evgeny. 2015. When apps are driven by the market, there’s only one winner. It’s not you… The Guardian.

19. Kaste, Martin. 2014. Think Internet Data Mining Goes Too Far? Then You Won't Like This. NPR.

20. Frank, Aaron. 2016. In the Future Ownerless Companies Will Live on Blockchain. Singularity Hub.

21. Kofman, Ava. 2015. Dueling Realities. The Atlantic.

22. Vance, Jeff. 2013. Big Data Analytics Overview. Datamation.

23. Barr, Alistair. 2016. Google Maps Suggests Destination. The Wall Street Journal.

24. Leslie, Ian. 2014. Kodak vs. Instagram. Why it’s only going to get harder to make a good living. New Statesman.

25. Korosec, Kirsten. 2016. The Artificial Intelligence in Google's Self-Driving Cars Now Qualifies as Legal Driver. Fortune Magazine.

26. Schwab, Klaus. 2016. The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond. World Economic Forum.

27. World Economic Forum. 2016. The Future of Jobs.

28. The White House. 2016. Economic Report of the President.

press

The material on the website can be used freely, provided it is fully credited as Project Data Coup.

team

Strelka Research Team:

Sara Anand
Denis Bondar
Fabrizio Furiassi
Alexander Kremenets
Theo Storesund
Advisors:

Pierluigi Dalla Rosa
Isabel Froes
Daniil and David Liberman
Andrey Manirko
Fedor Novikov
Eugenia Pospelova
Daniel Trabun
Chris Woebken
Editor:

Julia Taranova