Johannes Mikkonen, Researcher

Johannes Mikkonen is a social scientist, who currently researches how sensors change the society. His expertise lies in the societal impact of research and communication.

Johannes’ core competences include:
- Societal impact of digitalisation
- Interaction and communication of academic research
- Co-creation

In Demos Helsinki Johannes manages Naked Approach -project that investigates how digitalisation and smart environments change the society and business. The project builds the Nordic perspective towards the internet of things together with VTT and four Finnish universities. In addition, Johannes is an interaction coordinator of BEMINE -research project, which solves the challenges of city-regions planning and is funded by the Academy of Finland.

“ In order to build more sustainable and just world, people with different backgrounds and capabilities need to find new ways to work together”.

Prior to Demos Helsinki Johannes has worked in the European Parliament Information office in Helsinki and with the development projects in the Embassy of Finland in Kathmandu and in Maya Nepal ry.

The Nordic Digital Promise: Four Theses on a Hyperconnected Society

he Nordic Digital Promise is a publication that creates a vision for a hyperconnected utopia by building on Nordic strengths: trust, efficiency, equality and respect. It presents four theses on hyperconnected society related to future of R&D funding, platform economy, corporations and value creation. The Nordic promise of a hyperconnected society In a hyperconnected society, human beings, machines, and their surroundings are connected by trillions of tiny sensors. You may have heard about this fast-developing phenomenon under a different name, such as the Internet of Things, Connected Devices or Programmable […]

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Naked Approach Publication Event: The Nordic Digital Promise 26.4.2018

Where is the ever-faster technological change taking our society? Mark Zuckerberg is sorry. Recently, Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed tech’s biggest challenge: trust. Trust is known as a cornerstone of the Nordic welfare state. The levels of trust towards each other, politicians and government are higher in the Nordic countries than anywhere else. How to build trust is a more acute question than ever before as human beings, machines, and their surroundings are connected by trillions of tiny sensors. How much power over our lives are we handing over to […]

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Miapetra Kumpula-Natri: What role for the public sector in the innovation policy of the future?

Text: Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of European Parliament It’s hard to imagine that the words ”public sector” could carry a more negative connotation than they do in today’s political narrative concerning innovations or disruptive innovations. Public sector or the state is considered to be bureaucratic, (too) big, slow, cumbersome and an overall hindrance to agile and free flowing innovation. Of course, any serious attempt in innovation, industry, science or economic policy-making has to look beyond such caricatures. The public sector is and has been a key instrument in developing and bringing […]

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Three reasons why public sector has important role in new technologies

Public decision-making has an important role also in creating new technologies and innovations. It should not limit or slow technological development but instead try and make sure that it leads to the solutions that are beneficial to society. That can mean implementing the perspective of vision-driven development into industrial and innovation policies. We listed three reasons why public sector has an important role in technological development:  1. Technology is not developed separately from other societal contexts. The political decisions and social investments affect the direction for technological development. Hence the […]

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Tech is everybody’s business

‘The good news is we are sitting on a complete revolution of technology that allows us to  move in a sustainable direction. That’s a matter of choice though… We have to decide on planetary scale, we’re going for a sustainable, green, inclusive economy.’ (Sachs, 2014) Technological development is happening simultaneously in different contexts: virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotization, nano-materials, energy-technology and so on. All these developments have significant societal consequences. Digital platforms are displacing traditional companies, computers humans; devices traditional communication and so on. It’s not easy to imagine and […]

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Do the Rules of Platform Control our Lives?

An emergence of the digital platform economy is driving fundamental changes in our societies. The way people come together, communicate, and create value is changing. Thesis: In the foreseeable future, all of our interactions with strangers will be facilitated by global digital platforms: from trade to meetings to sex to services and peer-help. Most successful digital platforms can reach near monopoly in months, allowing us to do the things we could not do before, yet granting very little power to their users or the societies they operate in. Are we […]

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Why IoT leads to the platform economy?

1. There is nothing new about platforms An emergence of digital platform economy is driving fundamental changes in our societies. But there is nothing new about platforms. Platform refers to a product, technology or organization that enable direct interactions between two (or more) distinct actors. For example most General Motors cars were already years ago built on a shared product platform. So, no matter if you bought an Opel or a Cadillac, the underlying structure of the car was actually similar. It makes sense, of course, to standardise production like […]

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Towards Digital Paradise

  What are the possibilities in using digitalization and Internet of Things to improve human capabilities and create a more resource smart world? Naked approach has asked this question together with multi-disciplinary consortium and has reached great success during its two projects year. You can read more about the results in the publication lists in these websites. In order to implement the Naked approach -vision into the society, we need new business: products, services and business models. In the beginning of 2017 we started together with the group of innovative […]

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Three reasons why we need to talk about platforms

1. Platforms are a new, unforeseen and strong user of power Platforms that aggregate people’s needs, physical assets and labour. Companies such as Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Google, Salesforce, and Uber are creating online structures that enable a wide range of human activities. This opens the way for radical changes in how we work, socialize, create value in the economy, and compete for the resulting profits. In future, all of our interactions with strangers will be facilitated by global digital platforms: from trade to meetings to services and peer-help. There are […]

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Welcome to “Governing the platforms” Talk Show at Slush2016

Naked Approach TALK SHOW: Governing the platforms What kind of companies are successful in the age of platforms? Welcome to learn about the next phase of digitalization and to network with other pioneers of mixing atoms with bits into the Slush 2016. Where? Engine Room of Slush 2016, Messukeskus, Helsinki When? Thursday, December 1st, 12:45-1:15 PM IoT is about sensors and technology. What makes iot visible in our everyday life is the emergence of platforms that aggregate peoples’ needs, physical assets and labour. This makes platform governance one of the […]

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