Vialog, the video opinion use case of ARTICONF, received a funding award from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, under the Sustainable Innovation Fund to fuel its research and development and aid the education sector with innovative learning solution. In the first section of this blog post, we introduce  Vialog’s problem-solution matrix in higher education. […]

Introduction The following narrative is a speculative exercise about possible future usages of social media technologies. It illustrates the work done in the ARTICONF project on how social media ecosystems better support social media activity, pro-social behaviour and the sharing economy. PART 1 — The Platform In 2030, as a European citizen, I will use […]

Social collaboration correlation with the engagement rate Businesses and service providers use social media’s ability to adapt their marketing campaigns and achieve a long-term strategic advantage. Setting quantitative and attainable expectations is critical to the success of every marketing or business endeavour.  By focusing on the data-driven effects of paid services such as Twitter Blue […]

Nowadays, there are two main car-sharing business models: The based station model requires parking vehicles at pick-up stations defined by the service providers or the local administration. In this case, the biggest constraint is starting and finishing the travel at these stations. Therefore, this model requires optimised distribution of the number of vehicles at each […]

Similarly to ARTICONF, HELIOS is a European project that aims to build a new paradigm for the development of decentralized social media applications. The ARTICONF project provides developers with a toolbox that facilitates the creation and operation of decentralized apps. The HELIOS project designs, implements, and validates a state-of-the-art, peer-to-peer federated social media network that […]

ARTICONF Partners ADAPT to develop Decentralised supply chain of medical protective equipment between Austria and China Earlier this year, it became painfully clear to many in Europe that the supply of face masks, gloves and protective overalls is by no means crisis-proof. A research team consisting of Austrian and Chinese scientists is now working on […]

–CONF inspirations to the traditional cloud industry “Over the last few years, the decentralized cloud market has emerged with the goal to displace public cloud service providers with cheaper, more secure blockchain-based compute and storage alternatives.” ABI Research Cloud computing provides flexible services based on pay-as-you-go business models. The traditional cloud market is maintained by […]

2020 brought the need to rewire society By forcing millions of people to stay at home and, for many, to work from home, 2020 saw a significant rise in the use of social media. The same year however highlighted the imminent problems social media is facing: lack of transparency, deficiencies of public control and dominance […]

This post discusses blockchain technology and reflects on how sociological ideas can help us understand it. It starts by a presentation of the most relevant technical details behind this technology, which is complex and non-intuitive. The text also covers some analyses about its origins and potentials, and concluded with remarks about the role of Blockchain […]