Accelerating the Use of Prizes to Address Tough Challenges

Tom Kalil and Jenn Gustetic in DigitalGov: “Later this year, the Federal government will celebrate the fifth anniversary of Challenge.gov, a one-stop shop that has prompted tens of thousands of individuals, including engaged citizens and entrepreneurs, to participate in more than 400 public-sector prize competitions with more than $72 million in prizes. The May 2015 report to […]

A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

R2D3 introduction: “In machine learning, computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data. These techniques can be used to make highly accurate predictions. Keep scrolling. Using a data set about homes, we will create a machine learning model to distinguish homes in New York from homes in San Francisco…./   Machine learning […]

Accur8Africa

“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 […]