Narrative Futures is a series of different future scenarios created to spark inspiration on how we can shape the digital future in a collaborative, sustainable and equal way. We set out to break with current narratives that are introduced by Big Tech. Our goal is to reclaim digital infrastructure in the public interest – and start a conversation about how get there. Each starts with a potential future (🚀) and the current problem. (📌)
"Introducing: the right to disconnect"
- Digital technology has blurred the lines between public and private, between work and free time. The onus of navigating these lines lies with the individual.
- Most digital infrastructure that connects, tracks and surveils users is owned by others – even if we switch off our own devices, we are monitored by systems that are owned by others.
- Employers and public authorities define the terms of how digitally available their dependents have to be.
- Social pressure to be present online is also pervasive – going dark is unusual or even suspect.
- How can we design a right to disconnect that isn’t based on individual decisions, meaning that often these individuals are the only ones to bear consequences from this decision? How can this design be built in on an infrastructure level?
- What gradual stages of disconnecting could there be? How can they be reflected and embedded on an infrastructure level?
- Leading by example: How do funders practice rules or transparency around availability for their employees and grantees?