An LCD display hanging in a neighborhood art project's entryway for any passerby mapped a neighborhood's parties. That posed a risk. But small as it was, did it offer a long term, unseen benefit?
To watch a meeting of developers and others building an air-quality related app is to see a snapshot of the civic tech movement today. Civic tech projects start out looking like it’s all about technology. But the more you look, the more you see that “civic” -- meaning the development team, the people who’ll use their app, and anyone who might someday find value in their work — swings way more weight than “tech” ever will.
If you were in ancient Rome looking for signs of the big fall, you wouldn't look in the headlines. You'd have to look closely for small signs, faint signals. You'd have to keep watching day after day and year after year. That's roughly what Eric Schnurer argues in a long comment to a recent article in The Atlantic on Rome's slow fall, "Why Local Innovation Is the Answer." Small things, he writes, often have "large-scale effects but play out on the level of individual grains of sand."
Imagine the moment your boss makes it clear why he hired you, and it’s not the reason he once gave you.… Read more...
Data “owners” can send you away faster than Italian bureaucrats. But here and there there’s hope, such as when a leader among the most protective keepers of data signals openness. “This is culturally difficult for us.” Blog post on two Intelligence Matters interviews, Sue Gordon & Ellen McCarthy. #Opendata #civictech #smartcities https://wp.me/p75ev2-1h0