An internet of people is more than an internet of living things – Presented by Valerie Frissen, SIDN fonds

An internet of people is more than an internet of living things – Presented by Valerie Frissen, SIDN fonds at The Internet of People Event which will take place on December 15, 2016, Designhuis, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Although we have barely got used to living in an information society, we are now quickly moving into a datasociety. Everything we do and experience and every object in our environment is being datafied. The internet increasingly connects smart things and smart materials. The next frontier is the human being as a ‘living thing’, as part of the internet of things. Humans will be more and more embodied with smart technologies such as sensors, while our biological data, such as our DNA will be sequenced and manipulated on the spot. This opens up amazing possibilities but also confronts us with quite significant questions about what we actually mean when we talk of an ‘internet of people’.

About Valerie Frissen
Professor ICT & Social Change, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Director of SIDN Fonds, which supports projects aiming at increasing the societal impact of the internet.

About SIDN fonds
SIDN Fund stands for ‘a strong internet for all’. We provide financial support to ideas and projects that aim to make the internet stronger or that use the internet in innovative ways. By doing so, SIDN Fund wants to help increase the social impact of the internet in the Netherlands. SIDN Fund is an independent foundation established by SIDN, the foundation for internet domain registration in the Netherlands. Our goals are:

A stronger internet

An open and free internet, which is accessible to all, trusted by the public and seen as a foundation on which to build. We welcome funding requests regarding new digital technology applications, or innovative and user-friendly software or hardware, for example.


Empowerment of adults, youngsters or children with the skills needed to surf the internet safely, freely and confidently.

Social impact

Creative and innovative use of the internet, with social or economic impact. In support of this goal, we support new business models and pioneering solutions to social issues, e.g. in the fields of education, care, environmental sustainability and safety.

Great importance is attached to the social value of the projects and to the involvement of the internet community. SIDN Fund has an advisory panel made up of representatives of the Dutch internet community. The panel provides the Fund with advice, particularly with regard to the assessment of project proposals.

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