Relinking the weak link in the digital chain
Digitalization, big data and Internet of Things (IoT) have turned the home into a ‘hub’ for digital activities and services. This constitutes households as a central link in the chain of digital value creation and vulnerabilities in society.
We who live our everyday lives in connected homes are given a large responsibility for digital maintenance, security routines and for building the competence required to evaluate and handle various security- and privacy risks. But digital risk evaluation and management is a complex matter and, contrary to what is the case in other institutions of society, there is a lack of good tools and resources that can support households in such tasks. Households today are therefore the ‘weak link’ in the digital chain.
The RELINK project will build knowledge about digital vulnerabilities in households and develop tools that can support households in making everyday digital risk evaluations. The ambition is to contribute to a future where households are ‘re-linked’ and where vulnerabilities in the digital chain are reduced .
The biannual conference for the European Sociology Association took place in Manchester on 20-23 of August this year. RELINK was well represented with a total of three presented papers by project members, which dealt with RELINK-related topics. First off was researcher Henry Mainsah and PhD student Helene Teigen, who presented their paper “Simply complex? A Read more about RELINK at 14th ESA conference in Manchester[…]
On Tuesday June 11, the Relink conference officially kicked off the RELINK project. Speakers representing project partners, stakeholders, advisory board and collaborative projects delivered an interesting and complimentary mix of perspectives on smart and connected homes. The conference finished off with a panel debate with all the presenters, moderated by Joakim Valevatn from the Norwegian Read more about Relink conference successfully delivered![…]
On June 11, 2019 – during the RELINK kick-off event – TV2 Nyhetskanalen did a feature on the RELINK-project. Dag Slettemeås from SIFO/OsloMet presented the main project aims and discussed some of the safety/security risks facing Norwegian “smart” homes. The feature is available on TV2 Sumo (Økonominyhetene 16.30 – online subscription required).
Don’t miss the RELINK 2019 opening conference June 11th in Oslo where national and international researchers and experts will discuss this issue. Welcome! Register for the event here. Check out the event on Facebook here. There is also issued a press release, teasing some New and exciting findings, which will be presented at the Read more about RELINK conference – Are households prepared for a connected future?[…]
Representing the SIFO RELINK team, PhD candidate Helene Teigen went to London in February to attend the PETRAs Internet of Things Research Hub workshop Living with Internet of Things. The event took place at Tate Modern museum on 8th and 9th of February 2019, and featured several exhibitions, combining art, research and technology, as well Read more about Living with Internet of Things – Exhibition in London by PETRAS[…]
The SIFO team welcomes their newest member, PhD student Helene Teigen, to the project group. Her background is in media studies with two master’s degrees, from the University of Oslo and the University of Glasgow. She has been working as a research assistant at SIFO, OsloMet, for the past two years where she gained experience Read more about New SIFO PhD student to work on the RELINK project[…]
As part of the research for RELINK, some of the Norwegian partners went to see some exhibition smart homes. We visited two different homes. The first was a showroom apartment with welfare technology, aimed at displaying a variety of appliances to make the everyday safer and simpler for people with impaired functioning. And the other Read more about Fieldtrips: Visiting smart homes[…]
The Research Council of Norway, IKTPluss has awarded funding for the research project RELINK: Relinking the weak link. Building resilient digital households through interdisciplinary and multilevel exploration and intervention. The project is headed by Consumption Research Norway, Oslo Metropolitan University in collaboration with Department of Computer Science, OsloMet, The Norwegian Board of Technology, University of Read more about IT Security Research Funding to Re-link the Weak Link[…]