Do you have a strong opinion about the way your personal data is being stored and used? Stories about personal data - many of which may feature your own personal data - are hitting the headlines daily, from the Equifax data breach and hacking of T-Mobile, to the hundreds of pages of data stored by Tinder about each of its users. The DECODE project provides tools that put individuals in control of whether they keep their personal data private or share it for the public good.
Waag Society—institute for art, science and technology—is a pioneer in the field of digital media. We explore emerging technologies, and provide art and culture a central role in the designing of new applications for novel advances in science and technology. The organisation concerns itself not only with technologies related to the Internet, but also with those related to biotechnology and the cognitive sciences. Artists, designers and hackers know better than anyone that they must question technology in order to get to the bottom of things, overthrow sacred cows, stimulate imagination and fantasy, create unexpected connections, and—above all—search for meaning.
The issues arising from the expanding, unequal relationship between large tech companies and users raise the need for an alternative model. You may want a system that lets you share your data with another party safely (that is, encrypted); that allows you to decide how long the other person can use that information and who they can share it with. And that's precisely what DECODE is researching, designing and developing: a set of open source software that allows you to encrypt, control and share your personal information.
As an intern the core of your work will to find and engage a network of stakeholders in the Netherlands and potentially Europe. Specifically on the local municipal level we want to find designers, coders and policy makers that are championing these ideas and want to help us show the urgency of creating an alternative to the existing model of data collection that returns the control and ownership of data back to users.
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What do we offer?
We offer a three to six months internship (time period is negotiable), in which you will work between 24 to 40 hours per week. You will join our code team at Waag Society, consisting of one back-end developer, two front-end developers, a system architect, a project manager, two programme developers and a head of program. Interns receive a stipend of 300 euro a month (based on a 40 hour per week contract).