talking risk

Being a habitual interviewer, I was a tad surprised recently to find myself at the other end of a microphone. Hosted by the Djungelpodden podcast we had a conversation (in Swedish) about risk in connection with information security. 

What do we mean by risk in this context, why is risk becoming ever more relevant, who should be working with risk and can risk really be all that fun? 

Listen in at your own risk.



truth in permanence

Preserving an object (not necessarily physical) means upholding a state. This desirable state can be viewed as a form of truth to be given permanence.

In InfoSec the integrity of information is being maintained. In the world of art we know we're dealing with the right painting but also in its proper condition. There are other forms of truth in art as well, not to be mixed up. For instance, do we trust an artist who claims to be representing some aspect of reality?

This - in a nutshell - is my ongoing essay.


time and space

seeing what she sees

closeness in spite of distance

knowing that she knows


Digital take-aways

So, what were my take-aways from Art in Digital Environments?

Art as a process. Digital art often assumes participator involvement to an extent where the artwork can be viewed as a process, rather than an object.

Preservation through crowdsourcing. Jon Ippolito argues compellingly that public involvement is the most effective way to preserve digital artworks over time.

Art as resistance. Regarding surveillance, globalisation or capitalism - more often than not, digital art carries a critical discourse.


Art in Digital Environments

Art in Digital Environments is a course on which I'm about to embark.

There is hardly any agreed definition of art. Leaving that aside, what about those digital environments? I can imagine different interpretations.

  • traditional analog art being documented and shared digitally
  • analog art being digitised for reasons of preservation
  • art which involves digital elements but also traditional techniques
  • human-created art for a digital medium
  • art created by an algorithm

Now, this should keep us busy for a while.


what is "good"?


What do we mean by sustainability?

When something is sustainable, it becomes enduring, even persistent. Before there was much talk about sustainability, people would prefer any "good" condition to be enduring - be that individual affection, corporate profit, communal health or territorial peace.

So, what defines a "good", preferably long-lasting, condition? That is a value judgment. The value you and I place on health, wealth and freedom will differ.

To define sustainability, we need to agree on what is "good".


how decisions happen

I've been reading about different perspectives on decision-making.

  • I'm a rational individual, I know my preferences, analyse every consequence and choose the best alternative.
  • Well, I haven't got the information or the time to make a perfect decision. Rationality is bounded.
  • I'm implementing my identity by deciding according to (the right) rules, at the right time, in the right fashion.
  • As a decision-maker I'm rarely alone. What happens in a team with conflicting identities and values?

To be continued...


inspiration and energy beyond Trondheim

For pandemic reasons, the 25th conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) had to relocate from Trondheim to Moodle and Zoom.

This was my first ITiCSE. While attendees on other continents were struggling with time-zone differences, I enjoyed travel-less conferencing at my desk. The virtual format worked surprisingly well with a few tolerable glitches.

My main take-aways were inspiration, energy and pointers to new resources in the real world of non-security specialists.