Untangling data, untangling complexity

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“The internet is the nervous system for an organism that is in the process of being born,” says John Perry Barlow, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in talking about “vibrant data.”

Intel’s Vibrant Data project … At Digital democracy, …  potential to study patterns of data to learn more about how we build systems of trust and social capital.

Data aggregation can lead to annoying ads on your Facebook page… or it can facilitate new interactions, bringing people together to consume collaboratively, solve complex problems or anticipate emerging issues. How we as a society negotiate these tensions in what is an ethical free for all?

In the new era of data and citizen access, we also need to think about building government capacity and agility to ensure that data is respected, but also to inform government decision making and actions.

 

Untangling data, untangling complexity

Citizens’ Intelligence Network

Jason Liszkiewicz from re-configure.org tells us that “we are the most advanced technology” and that societies are “supercomputers”. He suggests the public needs a “system of world simulation” in which participants can earn “social currency credits” from their mobile devices by engaging in large-scale problem solving and global brainstorming. A form of virtual reality could begin to influence reality, as individuals “collaborate, create, and reinvent” their communities.

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Citizens’ Intelligence Network

The "Future140" Project (Future140 Part 1)

Before the summer began I started a project that I thought could turn the world upside down — or rather, right-side up. I was excited beyond reason and I immediately wanted to feature my first guest. My excitement has died down considerably since I began this back in April of 09, but today I’ve begun to reflect on the project and its real value.

The idea is that I would pose a question, in under 140 characters or less, to an expert in the field of inquiry. Then I would record their response in under 140 seconds or less. For my first guest I’d feature one of my favorite professors in the J-School, Harsha Gangadharbatla Ph.D. I discussed the idea with him and he was open to giving it a shot. He’s a advertising professor and I knew he had lots of insight concerning the future of brands.

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The "Future140" Project (Future140 Part 1)