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[liberationtech] [Poplus] Re: News Challenge: Open Data - Useful for People/Communities, Address Inequities, Protect Liberties - Due Sept 30

Khairil Yusof khairil.yusof at sinarproject.org
Wed Sep 30 22:43:02 PDT 2015


This was Sinar Project's: Open Data in Constrained Environments

Working on approach of Popit/Popolo but extending approach to OCDS and IATI
standards too.

https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/data/entries/open-data-in-constrained-environments



On Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 4:49 AM, Steven Clift <clift at e-democracy.org> wrote:

> I'd love to hear what folks submitted. Please share back. - Steve
>
>
> Here is my submission:
> http://po.st/communitydatasurgeLists
>
> Community Data Surge - Defeating the Democratic Data Deficit
>
> A strategy for universal local open data sharing based on emerging
> "local everywhere" standards to generate inclusive civic engagement.
>
> Written by Steven Clift
>
> Updated 14 minutes ago
>
> In one sentence, describe your idea as simply as possible.
>
> Generate and share essential open data on local democracy everywhere
> through open standards, distributed tools and features integrated by
> often competing software providers, and crucially foster next
> generation laws that make exceptional digital innovations inclusively
> available for ALL.
>
> ...
>
> Briefly describe the need that you're trying to address.
>
> Timely access to information - particularly personalized notifications
> sharing who, what, when, where data SO people can act it when it still
> matters - is fundamentally empowering for people in their local
> community and democracy. Our 2 decades of experience with civic tech
> is that without aggressive inclusion efforts with open government,
> only the most political in wired larger cities will benefit. Most
> people will be left with an unreliable patchwork of data and services
> for local democracy.
>
> ...
>
> Lots more:
> http://po.st/communitydatasurgeLists
> Steven Clift  -  Executive Director, E-Democracy.org
>    clift at e-democracy.org  -  +1 612 234 7072
>    @democracy  -  http://linkedin.com/in/netclift
>
> Also with Knowledge Hub - steven.clift at khub.net
>    World leading online public services exchange: http://khub.net
>    Call # above or +44 203 808 1118  (After 13:00 UK time)
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM, Steven Clift <clift at e-democracy.org>
> wrote:
> > That's my own spin on the subject line.
> >
> > It is interesting how the different partners display their emphasis.
> > It will be intriguing to see the mix in the end. Addressing inequities
> > with open data/open gov/civic tech needs more than lip service and
> > rarely gets significant investment when it runs into the meritocracy.
> >
> > Challenge: http://bit.ly/newschallengehome
> >
> > Open Data Entries: http://bit.ly/newschallengeopendata
> >
> > Brief: http://bit.ly/newschallengeopendatabrief
> >
> > Blog/video: http://bit.ly/newschallengeopendatablog
> >
> > Press Release: http://bit.ly/newschallegeopendataPR
> >
> > From the release:
> >
> > “We live in an age where everyone has the potential to access and
> > explore large amounts of data. We hope the challenge will uncover
> > ideas that can turn this data into useful information, so people can
> > use it to make decisions about their lives and their communities,”
> > said John Bracken, Knight Foundation vice president for media
> > innovation.
> >
> > “Data can be used for countless productive and disruptive purposes.
> > How can data be used to combat discrimination and injustice? How can
> > marginalized communities gain control of data-related interventions
> > that affect them? We hope this challenge produces sharp ideas for
> > addressing inequities in society,” said danah boyd, founder of Data &
> > Society.
> >
> > “This challenge offers an opportunity to dive into the difficult
> > questions inherent in our increasingly ‘quantified society’ – how to
> > build systems that allow us to benefit from an increasing amount of
> > information, while ensuring that we protect our civil liberties and do
> > not create new forms of discrimination. We look forward to seeing the
> > results,” said Janet Haven, associate director of the Open Society
> > Foundations’ Information Program.
> >
> > ...
> >
> > I have two initial ideas:
> >
> > 1. Democratic Data Deficit - If we really care about empowering people
> > to make decisions in their community and democracy, we need to
> > fundamentally address the complete lack of structured data about local
> > representatives and representative processes. From who represents me
> > _at the very local level_ to when is the next public meeting to
> > options to receive pro-active notification about an agenda item I care
> > about - you can't open data that doesn't exist in a structured form.
> > And you can't expect volunteers to crowd source or scrape and bake
> > this data on a sustained basis beyond the mega cities if that. So the
> > best way to collect and share open data on local democracy is to
> > _mandate_ its creation and share via the rule of law at the state
> > level. Then this data can be generated and shared (and involve the
> > Secretary of State's in most states to coordinate and make it happen).
> > If you want to help me explore this join our E-Democracy Projects list
> > - http://bit.ly/edemprojects and/or drop me - clift at e-democracy.org -
> > a note. My proposal will build from http://e-democracy.org/sunshine if
> > you want to read more (sample legislative proposals to turn some of
> > the 10 indicators into legal requirements combined with tech efforts
> > to show what you can do with what exists "democratic" data wise in
> > sadly the rare places where the such public meeting, etc. data is
> > accessible )
> >
> > 2. Your Next Representative - Let's give the News Challenge another
> > chance to see the fundamental importance and huuuuge opportunity to
> > create a global engine for helping voters find their candidates and
> > mix it up with them on social media. This has awesome transformative
> > potential: http://bit.ly/6countriesnewschallenge   - Join the Poplus
> > group: http://bit.ly/poplusgroup
> > Full disclosure: Knight funded a small prototype grant -
> > http://knightfoundation.org/grants/201551234/ -  for Argentina and the
> > U.S.. In the U.S., DataMade in Chicago recently connected with
> > E-Democracy.org to demonstrate the tool in a U.S. local election using
> > candidate social media data we've been crowd-sourcing on a volunteer
> > basis over the summer (in collaboration with Open Twin Cities a CfA
> > Brigade). One interesting use of social media data is the creation of
> > yet to be promoted Facebook Interest List on all the St. Paul
> > candidates Facebook Pages and crucially _public posts to their
> > Profiles_. Check it out: http://bit.ly/saintpaulelectionsfacebook
> > (Imagine if every city had a place where you could watch the campaign
> > like this or post-election connect with your representatives like this
> > also not yet promoted Interest list for Minneapolis:
> > http://bit.ly/minneapoliscivicfacebooklist )  More (work in progress,
> > *pre* using Your Next Rep http://e-democracy.org/stpaul15  BTW, for
> > the developers out there:
> > https://github.com/mysociety/yournextrepresentative
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Steven Clift
> > E-Democracy.org
>
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