World Usability Day 2015 Berlin | Closing Keynote: I, Simulation

Closing Keynote: I, Simulation

Orwell would never have predicted that corporations would be scrutinising our every move; nor would he have foretold that we would voluntarily trade our freedoms for access to modern life. Aral Balkan explores notions of our digital selves, our ‘simulations’, how they undergo much more scrutiny than our corporeal selves, what that means for our fundamental freedoms and human rights, and what role consumer technology and user experience must play in crafting an alternative future owned and controlled by individuals, not corporations.

Aral Balkan
Aral Balkan

Aral Balkan is a designer and social entrepreneur working to protect fundamental freedoms, human rights, and democracy by creating independent consumer technologies that don’t spy on you. Aral is the founder and lead designer of and author of the He is currently working on coding the core of the platform, a beautiful distributed social network called Heartbeat, and laying the foundations for, a beautiful consumer smartphone.

Aral blogs at and tweets at @aral.