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“Accur8Africa aims to be the leading platform supporting the accuracy of data in the continent. If we intend to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the next fifteen years, accurate data remains a non-negotiable necessity. Accur8Africa recognizes that nothing less than a data revolution is required. To achieve this we are building the statistical […]

Urban Informatics

Special issue of Data Engineering: “Most data related to people and the built world originates in urban settings. There is increasing demand to capture and exploit this data to support efforts in areas such as Smart Cities, City Science and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Urban informatics deals with the collection, organization, dissemination and analysis of urban […]

Ethics Experts as an Instrument of Technocratic Governance

Article by Annabelle Littoz-Monnet examining EU Medical Biotechnology Policy in Governance: “This article challenges the assumption that ethics committees introduce democratic control in policy areas where scientific expertise and ethical concerns collide. The claim is that politicians or bureaucrats are likely to resort to the use of ethical expertise when they face a specific type of dilemma: the […]

Transparency in Social Media

New book on “Tools, Methods and Algorithms for Mediating Online Interactions” edited by Matei, Sorin; Adam; Russell Martha G.: and Bertino, Elisa (Eds.): “The volume presents, in a synergistic manner, significant theoretical and practical contributions in the area of social media reputation and authorship measurement, visualization, and modeling. The book justifies and proposes contributions to a future agenda for […]

Breaking Smart

“Breaking Smart is a technology analysis site. We aim to produce a binge-worthy collection of essays approximately once every 2 years. Season 1, comprising 20 essays totaling approximately 30,000 words, is written by Venkatesh Rao and illustrated by Grace Witherell. This inaugural season is an in-depth exploration of Marc Andreessen’s observation that “software is eating the world.” Season 2 (due out in […]

Unpacking Civic Tech – Inside and Outside of Government

David Moore at Participatory Politics Foundation: “…I’ll argue it’s important to unpack the big-tent term “civic tech” to at least five major component areas, overlapping in practice & flexible of course – in order to more clearly understand what we have and what we need: Responsive & efficient city services (e.g., SeeClickFix) Open data portals & open […]

Data Ethics in the Age of the Quantified Self

Video of Aspen Ideas Festival Session on Data Ethics: “Leading thinkers from business, government, civil society, and academia explore and debate ethics in the age of the quantified society. What role do ethics play in guiding existing efforts to develop and deploy data and information technologies? Does data ethics need to develop as a field […]

The Causes, Costs and Consequences of Bad Government Data

Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene in Governing: “Data is the lifeblood of state government. It’s the crucial commodity that’s necessary to manage projects, avoid fraud, assess program performance, keep the books in balance and deliver services efficiently. But even as the trend toward greater reliance on data has accelerated over the past decades, the information […]

Deliberation and Development : Rethinking the Role of Voice and Collective Action in Unequal Societies

Book by Patrick Heller and Vijayendra Rao for the Worldbank: “Deliberation is the process by which a group of people, each with equal voice, can – via a process of discussion and debate – reach an agreement. This book attempts to do two things. First, it rethinks the role of deliberation in development and shows that […]

Disruptive Technology that Could Transform Government-Citizen Relationships

David Raths at GovTech: “William Gibson, the science fiction writer who coined the term “cyberspace,” once said: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” That may be exactly the way to look at the selection of disruptive technologies we have chosen to highlight in eight critical areas of government, ranging […]