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[liberationtech] and possible alternatives

Yishay Mor yishaym at
Wed Dec 18 14:18:33 PST 2013

I wonder if this could fit under the following call? (part of the EU's
horizon 2020 programme)

 FETPROACT 1 - 2014: Global Systems Science (GSS)

Specific challenge: The ambition is to improve the way scientific knowledge
can help inform and evaluate policy and societal responses to global
challenges like climate change, global financial crises, global pandemics,
and growth of cities – urbanisation and migration patterns. These
challenges entangle actions across different sectors of policy and society
and must be addressed by radically novel ideas and thinking for producing,
delivering, and embedding scientific evidence into the policy and societal

GSS will put to full use the abundance of data on social, economic,
financial, technological, and ecological systems available today. GSS
emphasises systems thinking and the need to integrate/link data, models,
and policies across all policy sectors with all societal actors. GSS will
build on results from, among others, Complex Systems Science, Network
Science, Mathematics of Big Data, the life sciences, social sciences and
humanities, behavioural sciences, statistics, econophysics, etc.

 *Scope*: Proposals must address all of the below elements, necessary to
successfully embed scientific evidence in the policy processes for tackling
global challenges:


   Research grounded in theoretical foundations of, among others, systemic
   risk, decision making under uncertainty or conflicting evidence,
   mathematics and computer science for Big Data (including their
   characteristics), algorithmic game theory, cascading/escalating effects in
   networks, integration and visualisation of Big Data…

   Contributions to solving real world problems in one selected problem
   area - for instance tackling systemic risk in finance/economics, managing
   growth of cities and migration, or global pandemics – and in particular to
   tackle cross-cutting policy dependencies and interactions affecting the
   area of choice.

   Novel ideas and technologies to generate and better communicate the
   scientific evidence-base: advanced simulation of highly interconnected
   systems; mathematical and tools for analysing (often unstructured) Big
   Data; integration of the whole spectrum of structure and unstructured data;
   methods to deal with conflicting data and modeling results; novel data
   visualisation tools.

   Society/human-centred technologies, for instance, new approaches to
   allow citizens to actively participate in the policy process, to
   collectively gather and integrate data, analyse evidence, and novel methods
   to better judge and use scientific evidence: methods, e.g. games,
   gamification, and narratives to clearly and consistently convey data and
   modeling results and thereby to stimulate societal responses.

 *The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from
the EU of between EUR 2 and 3 million *would allow this specific challenge
to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude
submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

 *Expected impact*:


   Level to which research proposed is rooted in policy needs, promotes
   system thinking, and is delivering consistent messages from conflicting
   data and model results.

   Level of use/uptake of GSS tools and methods in the policy and societal
   processes, including in EC policies.

   Capacity of GSS to help integrate societal responses across policy
   domains and cross-cutting authorities by development of a system-wide
   integrated evidence base of data and models.

 *Type of action*: Research and Innovation Actions

learning; design; technology; research

On 18 December 2013 17:06, Yosem Companys <companys at> wrote:

> From: Francesca Musiani <francesca.musiani at>
> Mathieu O'Neil and I, from a personal viewpoint and also as members of the
> editorial board of the Journal of Peer Production, would like to support
> Rob's proposal to set up a "p2p online social network" for academics as an
> alternative to, and remain available to discuss this further.
> We believe that this could be a significant advance for the commons, as
> well as a possible way to channel towards volunteer projects the funding
> that is indeed starting to become available for open access. We look
> forward to further discussions.
> Kind regards,
> --
> Francesca Musiani
> Postdoctoral researcher
> Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation <>
> MINES ParisTech
> 60, Boulevard Saint-Michel
> 75272 Paris Cedex 06, France
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