A European study involving the UOC’s Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) is to design a collaborative platform to help citizens control their data and manage their digital identities. The research led by Barcelona City Council also involves 11 other institutions including Nesta (UK), Arduino Verkstad (Sweden) and the Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne (France).
The Law on Dependency was created to respond to groups of dependent people, setting up a network of resources to assist them and guarantee an independent life on an equal basis with other citizens. Ten years after it was passed, the reality is quite different. In order to analyse the current context and understand the evolution of the implementation of the Law, we talk to UOC professor and researcher Israel Rodríguez-Giralt, who leads the CareNet research group. Rodríguez-Giralt is an expert in social movements and political activism related to health and dependency assistance social policies. His academic career was recognized with the Amsterdaska Award 2014, and with Manuel Tironi and Michael Guggenheim he jointly edited the book Disasters and Politics. Materials, Experiments, Preparedness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
If you have seen any non-fiction content on Movistar+ over the last year, it was probably chosen by Cristina Merino, responsible for selecting non-fiction on this platform and employee of Canal+ for over 10 years. Merino is also professor of the UOC postgraduate course in Distribution and Audiovisual Marketing: VoD and New Business Players. We talk to her about television today, the audience and the future of content in a fragmented and multiplatform market.
One in every five Spaniards watches television on catch-up according to a TV audience behavioural study by Barlovento Comunicaciones. The arrival of on-demand television is gaining followers. Netflix now provides a service in over 190 countries to more than 86 million people, who enjoy over 125 million hours of programmes. At the end of November, HBO Spain entered the arena as a new player on the on-demand TV scene.
The Internet of things is the future, but it is a very vulnerable future. The emerging wireless technology sector is experiencing exponential growth. It is expected that by 2020 there will be some 50 billion smart devices around the world operating via WiFi connection, but this modernity and ease may have a very high price. It is because smart light bulbs, clocks and televisions, to name but a few examples, offer easy access to hackers.
3D printers are starting to be used in very diverse spheres. These machines, as well as being used to print components in the industrial sector, manufacture prostheses for the medical sector, or produce various decorative figures, are now starting to be used in the kitchen. For the moment, it is in the kitchens of large restaurants and catering services; however, in the near future, they aim to take their place between the toaster and the coffee maker and become like any other kitchen appliance.