People’s Radio

Privacy, Trust and the City

Our group chose to focus on privacy in the physical and digital worlds, with particular interest in the development of trust in and throughout the city, and the relationships that form in our everyday lives.

We spent one week challenging our own interpretations of privacy and trust in the city through multiple conducted interviews with various people living and working in Copenhagen. The nuanced commentary during the interviews gave us some incredible insight into the innovation challenges and opportunities we might be able to pursue, namely in the areas of infrastructure, public social engagement and communication in transit. 

We derived four key points to trust: comfort, safety, privacy and control. These factors all contribute to how active and non-active an individual can be in society, which We created a simple graph to explain our “Trust Theory,” which then prompted two questions:

1) How might we use existing infrastructure as a medium of emotional exchange between people?; and

2) How might we create opportunities to build trust in people through co-operative gamification in public spaces through humour in the mundane?

We believe that trust in the community increases as active public engagement increases, and this is enforced by repetition and familiarity. So where does this leave us?

People’s Radio

People’s Radio was a concept developed to meet the innovation challenge presented by the previous questions. This dynamic proximity-based radio uses the benefits of hyperlocality to connect people together through a shared like of music. User profiles are shared instead of song names so users can be identified based on their music rather than their immediate personas.

The shared taste in music becomes an easy talking point, and the opportunities to interact with people you otherwise might have never talked to instantly increases. This concept allows for more discrete and informal communication while also actively engaging in the public domain. People can instantly tune into the community radio around them, and experience a whole other level of social interaction that is often unheard in public space.