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Jelte Timmer

Jelte Timmer is a researcher for the Rathenau Institute working on a range of ICT subjects from social networking, to smart mobility, big data and digital lifestyle coaching. His fields of expertise are (social) psychology, ICT, persuasive technology, emerging technologies, and socio-cultural appropriation of technology.

Border Sessions 2014 - Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Is a coaching app subject to an oath of professional confidentiality? Who actually profits from the intimate data that apps gather?
Do you use your smartphone to keep you motivated while you are running? Do you use your telephone to find out how you have slept and how stressed you are? Future apps will be able to continually monitor users and advise them on changing their behaviour, from losing weight to reducing stress and improving sleep quality.

Apps measure our behaviour, emotions, activity and bodily functions. Smart software analyses the data and is able to discover patterns we cannot see ourselves, acting like a sixth sense and supporting a range of everyday choices. Very convenient, but can we also trust them? What do the apps base their advice on? Is a coaching app subject to an oath of professional confidentiality? Who actually profits from the intimate data that apps gather?

Philosopher Sander Voerman from Eindhoven University will present his opinions on the ethics of future persuasive Health Apps. Afterwards Harro Maas, philosopher at Utrecht University and Naos Wilbrink, co-founder at Afrogleap will react on his introduction. The sessions will be moderated by Jelte Timmer, researcher at Rathenau Institute.

Border Sessions 2014 - Thu, 13 Nov 2014

The Rathenau Institute will present its new report on coaching apps at the Border Sessions festival.
Date: Thursday 13 November
Time
: 12.45-14.30
Place
: La Gayola Spiegeltent, Lange Voorhout 74, The Hague (in front of Escher Museum)
Tickets
: register for this event below. A Border Sessions ticket is not required for this event.

Do you use your smartphone to keep you motivated while you are running? Do you use your telephone to find out how you have slept and how stressed you are? Future apps will be able to continually monitor users and advise them on changing their behaviour, from losing weight to having enough money left at the end of the month to put some aside.

Apps measure our behaviour, emotions, activity and bodily functions. Smart software analyses the data and is able to discover patterns we cannot see ourselves, acting like a sixth sense and supporting a range of everyday choices. Very convenient, but can we also trust them? What do the apps base their advice on? Is a coaching app subject to an oath of professional confidentiality? Who actually profits from the intimate data that apps gather?

Find out what coaching apps can do for you at our book presentation on 13 November. Let yourself be surprised by smart coaching app Life+. This implant monitors your health by continuosly measuring how much you are moving, what you eat and how stressed you are. Take the opportunity to voice your expectations of coaching apps.

Read more about the Rathenau Instituut here.