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. (📌)
“Infrastructure 21.0 that serves you a lifetime”
- Massive data collection leads to personal archives of unprecedented size and granularity.
- Data is not owned by the people who generate it. The possibilities to delete, unshare or change data is limited.
- Digital infrastructure does not take human nature of development and personal growth into account.
- The majority of digital infrastructure is being designed, built and maintained by Big Tech, where shareholder value runs counter to the interests of society. Platform users are seen as commodities not as digital citizens.
Starting points and questions:
- What do responsible ways to design digital identities look like? How can they be realized in infrastructures that are run by funders?
- What features would help us be at peace with our younger digital selves – do we need to revisit them, have means of showing regret, or just delete them?
- How can online platforms and digital infrastructure be designed and managed responsibly, with user interests at heart? Who should govern them?