As you can see often in my research blog, I’m used to starting my texts from a very personal, individual perspective. There’s always a lot of “me” and “I” and “mine”. And often quite a bit of “you”. I was trying to find a way to describe in English how I feel about that in present times. In my mother tongue I would say my thinking has a “vício”. Even though we usually translate “vício” as “addiction”, that does not make much sense here. My good friend WordReference suggests “vice” might work. It makes sense — vices and virtues, the…


Last month I went through a process of research evaluation at the University. Northumbria calls it an “annual progression”, which should take place, obviously, every year during the research period. In my case, it was delayed by about six months, due to the whole OpenDott project having migrated from the University of Dundee last June and to other events beyond my control (COVID-19, visa paperwork and processing, moving to another country with two children, deserved holidays in Brazil). I am expected to undergo another annual progression before the end of 2021. If we still were at the University of Dundee…


This is the second in a series of texts in which I am drawing the boundaries of my PhD investigation. In the first one, I have explored references that bring about a critical perspective on the topic of smart cities. In this one, I will focus on waste management. It is an important theme, often mentioned superficially in the narrative about smart cities. However, it is usually neglected by those set out to create alternatives in a more inclusive, fair, sustainable and participatory way. In this text, I will attempt more specifically to discuss how cities can improve the reuse…


In the context of the OpenDoTT project which advances the understanding of open design seeking to develop a more trustworthy internet of things (IoT), the specific topic of my Ph.D. research is that of the so-called Smart Cities. Since I arrived in Dundee last July I was able to get a taste of a wide range of critical takes on the field, reflect upon some common elements between them and how they relate to my own past experience, as well as learn about areas I want to explore further.

Dundee from the Top of the Tower.

My starting point was, in fact, a hiatus of about a…


I’m not sure how much I want to walk back in time to start this text. Let’s try this. In my birthplace Porto Alegre there is a park that we call “Redenção”. Its official name is “Parque Farroupilha”, but only official maps and the occasional press from other regions of Brazil call it that way. Running through one of the streets bordering the park, there is a street fair open every Sunday, the “Brique da Redenção”. I remember going there almost every weekend since I was a kid. We would meet friends and relatives while strolling through the park and…


It’s been a little over four months since I moved to Dundee from Brazil. Besides the sort of activity more commonly associated with research — reading and taking notes, writing down findings and perceived gaps, discussing ideas and planning field exercises — I have engaged in a kind of meta-research. My investigation topic being ‘smart cities’, the very fact that I have moved with my family to a city we haven’t even visited beforehand offered — is offering — good insight into what one often takes for granted when thinking about cities. Mobility, education, utilities, many aspects of city life…


Provando um café de Dundee

Mudança profunda em andamento nesta semana. Em 2008, cheguei a Ubatuba prestes a completar trinta anos de idade. Saio agora, quase aos quarenta e um, com a família toda. Vamos passar um ano em Dundee, na Escócia, e depois nos mudar novamente para Berlim, na Alemanha. É um plano de médio prazo, talvez o maior que já tive: vou participar do projeto OpenDott, uma parceria entre a Universidade de Dundee e a Fundação Mozilla. …


Eu tenho há tempos um interesse persistente em ferramentas e metodologias para construção e gestão de comunidades através da internet. Lá pela virada do milênio eu já testava maneiras de usar as tecnologias (então relativamente “novas”) de publicação coletiva que estavam ficando mais acessíveis, em projetos de duas empresas de educação corporativa com as quais trabalhava. Aprendi um pouco de Zope/Plone, testei um monte de scripts PHP para publicação “dinâmica” e colaborativa na web, lia tudo que encontrava sobre comunidades online. Nenhuma daquelas empresinhas se interessou muito em aprofundar esses assuntos, mas o desejo de fazer experimentos concretos (hoje em…


Publicado originalmente por encomenda da revista Facta, #4, em 2016.

A pé. Fones de ouvido conectados ao telinha. Não por acaso, escuto a trilha sonora de Código 46. O calor está ameno, o sol já se pôs há algumas horas. Cruzo avenidas de asfalto liso e carros velozes, explorando mentalmente o mapa que evito consultar no bolso. Algumas famílias passeiam pelo parque que margeia a orla, e isso ainda me causa estranhamento. Não as famílias em si, exceto talvez pelo horário. Mas é o próprio parque que tem um quê de irreal. Só em volume de água — dessalinizada, bom…


Publicado originalmente por encomenda da revista Facta, #3, em 2014.

Tita escuta uma gravação em MP3 de pura estática de rádio enviada por um contato que diz viver no interior. Poderia ser gerada por algoritmos e ela não saberia a diferença, mas valeu a pequena quantia em mBTC que ela enviou pela transação. Em Sampa é quase impossível encontrar uma faixa sem emissora FM para sintonizar somente o ruído. Vozes a deixam deprimida. Música rítmica já induziu surtos de epilepsia mais de uma vez. …

Felipe Fonseca

Marie Curie Fellow / PhD Candidate at OpenDoTT https://opendott.org (Northumbria University / Mozilla Foundation). Living in Berlin.

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