Tag Archive | Web 2.0

Neogeography and the delusion of democratisation

by Muki Haklay, Po Ve Sham Blog,  22 June, 2012

“At the end of 2010, Matt Wilson (University of Kentucky) and Mark Graham(Oxford Internet Institute), started coordinating a special issue of Environment and Planning Adedicated to ‘Situating Neogeography’, asking ‘How might we situate neogeography? What are the various assemblages, networks, ecologies, configurations, discourses, cyborgs, alliances that enable/enact these technologies?’ My [Muki Hakly’s] response to this call is a paper titled ‘Neogeography and the delusion of democratisation’ and it is finally been accepted for publication. I am providing below an excerpt from the introduction, to provide a flavour of the discussion:

“Since the emergence of the World Wide Web (Web) in the early 1990s, claims about its democratic potential and practice are a persistent feature in the discourse about it. While awareness of the potential of ‘anyone, anytime, anywhere’ to access and use information was extolled for a long while (for an early example see Batty 1997), the emergence of Web 2.0 in the mid-2000s (O’Reilly 2005) increased this notion. In the popular writing of authors such as Friedman (2006), these sentiments are amplified by highlighting the ability of anyone to ‘plug into the flat earth platform’ from anywhere and anytime. …”

For full text of this thought provoking article, visit Neogeography and the delusion of democratisation « Po Ve Sham – Muki Haklay’s personal blog.

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Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality

CIS Speaker Series – Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality

April 18, 2012: Talk begins at 7:00pm Pacific Time in Room 290

In his talk [for video, click here], Alessandro Acquisti will try to link two streams of research he is conducting at Carnegie Mellon University: the “behavioral economics of privacy,” and the study of privacy and disclosure behavior in online social networks. First, he will highlight how research in behavioral economics can help us make sense of apparent inconsistencies in privacy (and security) decision-making, and will present results from a variety of experiments in this area he conducted at Carnegie Mellon University. Then, he will discuss the technical feasibility and privacy implications of combining publicly available Web 2.0 images with off-the-shelf face recognition technology, for the purpose of large-scale, automated individual re-identification. Combined, the results highlight the behavioral, technological, and legal challenges raised by the convergence of new information technologies, and raise questions about the future of privacy in an augmented reality world.

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Crisis Management 3.0: Social Media and Governance in Times of Transition « Communia

Olubunmi Emenanjo, JD, Commons Lab Blog Communia, Woodrow Wilson Center, February 28, 2012

On Feb. 16, 2012, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a panel of experts to examine the role that social networks play in preventing and managing crises using “Web 3.0 Resilience Systems.” The discussion centered on the effectiveness of these systems over a Web 2.0 social network.

While Web 2.0 social networks include systems like Facebook and Twitter, Web 3.0 social systems make use of a variety of tools that many say are more effective because they can prevent emergencies from turning into crises. Recent advances in technology allows the collective engagement of millions of sensors in a “cloud”, such as phones, in a real time hyper-network that can allow neighborhoods to take action before a crisis. For example, in a recent explosion of gas lines, loss of life could have been prevented if there had being a way to inform neighborhood residents prior to the explosion. …

via Crisis Management 3.0: Social Media and Governance in Times of Transition « Communia.

Best Practices Study of Social Media Records Policies

Best Practices Study of  Social Media Records Policies

ACT-IAC Collaboration & Transformation, (C&T) Shared Interest Group (SIG), Published March 2011

The purpose of this study is to build a discussion around the use of Web 2.0 collaborative technologies, also known as  social media, to help government and its citizens connect  more closely, collaboratively, and openly. The study involved  interviews at 10 agencies regarding records management  processes addressing the use of social media. The C&T SIG sought to explore and capture government best practices of retention policies for social media used to support agency  missions.

For a PDF copy of the report, click here.

Panel debates ways to update surveillance to new technologies – Nextgov

Panel debates ways to update surveillance to new technologies

By Juliana Gruenwald, National Journal, NextGov 02/17/2011

The FBI came to Congress Thursday to outline the problems law enforcement officials are increasingly facing in executing court ordered wiretaps, but did not offer a proposed solution for lawmakers to consider. During a hearing before the House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, even critics acknowledged law enforcement faces a problem but there was much debate over what should be done to address it. Under the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, telecommunications companies are required to develop and deploy solutions to enable court-ordered wiretaps. …

Full article available via Panel debates ways to update surveillance to new technologies – Nextgov.

Advice for federal agencies on social media records management [REPORT] | Gov 2.0: The Power of Platforms

One of the risks and rewards for the use of Web 2.0 that came up in the July hearing on “government 2.0” technology in the House of Representatives had nothing to do with privacy, secrecy, security or embarrassment. Instead, it was a decidedly more prosaic concern, and one that is no surprise to anyone familiar with governmental institutions: record keeping. And no, this is not another story about how the Library of Congress is archiving the world’s tweets.

IBM’s Business of Government Center has released a new report on social media (PDF) records management, focusing on some best practices for harried federal employees faced with rapidly expanding troves of tweets, Facebook status updates, blog posts or wikis. For those keeping track, 22 of 24 agencies now, at the minimum, have a Facebook presence.

For full text of the article, click on Advice for federal agencies on social media records management [REPORT] | Gov 2.0: The Power of Platforms.

Source: Alex Howard, gov20.govfresh, December 20, 2010

Open Data: Why the Crowd Can Be Your Best Analytics Tool

Open Data: Why the Crowd Can Be Your Best Analytics Tool.

Sean Gorman is the president and founder of FortiusOne, which brings data and mapping solutions to the mass market through its location analysis software. With FortiusOne’s GeoIQ platform, geo-enabled data is easily shared, visualized and analyzed for more collaborative and better-informed decisions.

The web will continue to generate data at an explosive rate. It will generate even more now that mobile devices have created yet another path to reach that data. For example, mobile traffic alone is predictedto exceed more than two exabytes per month by 2013. There are more than 90 million tweets per day and more than 60 billion images on Facebook. This is just the tip of the iceberg. …

For full text of the article, click here.

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