Robert Steele: Reflections on the Next Data Revolution

Robert Steele

Robert Steele

I was  glad to respond to an invitation to write “Beyond Data Monitoring,” a Background Paper for the UN International Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution, co-chaired by Robin Li, which is good, with Open Source represented by Tim “algorithms rule” O’Reilly, which is bad. Although the paper gained no traction with the intended recipients, it was sent by other means to the special assistant to the Secretary-General, and has  taken on a life of its own elsewhere. Building on the earlier Earth Intelligence Network concepts, and together with my forthcoming article on Applied Collective Intelligence (Spanda Journal, December 2014), this paper is the summary of my old thinking.

Today I begin new thinking, with a tip of the hat to Daniel Mezick among others — I feel blessed to have connected with so many brilliant information technologists over the years, including hackers around the world and with Stephen E. Arnold, CEO of Arnold IT, always in the forefront as my most trusted observer of the hollowness of industrial-era IT. Below is my emergent vision challenge for the future of public free open information sharing and sense-making. I am seeking contributing thoughts that will be acknowledged here as this develops.

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Nov 23

SchwartzReport: Public vs. Corporate Priorities

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

American voters, I believe, voted based on fear, peer group pressure, racism, and fantasy. Here is a comparison of the voters’ agenda, and the agenda of the Republican leadership for whom they just voted.

NBC/WSJ Poll Reveals American’s Priorities; Guess How they Match With GOP Lawmakers’ Priorities

The new NBC/WSJ poll conducted November 14-17 provides a post election snap shot of American voter expectations, including their priorities for actions Congress should take. Can you guess how they match up with GOP Lawmaker’s priorities? It’s a real shocker folks.

The People’s agenda for Congress:

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Nov 23

Jean Lievens: Physical space and ‘Occupy’ tactics: a new trend in civil resistance?

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Physical space and ‘Occupy’ tactics: a new trend in civil resistance?

Given the importance of broad, diverse, and sustained participation, it remains to be seen whether movements have been doing themselves a favor or a disservice by allowing themselves to be defined by the site of occupation or by the tactic itself, and not by political and social claims on behalf of  those whom they represent.

Phi Beta Iota: Occupation is a means of demanding a specific change (this is where Occupy failed — it has no specific change to demand). The only specific change needed to restore the integrity of any government is Electoral Reform — all eleven points, not the half-baked “get money out of politics false panacea.

See Also:

CounterPunch: Where is Jesse Ventura When You Need Him?

 

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Nov 21

Chuck Spinney: Harvey Feigenbaum on Low-Information Voters

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Politics in the Time of Low-Information Voters

Did America Really Shift to the Right?

by HARVEY B. FEIGENBAUM, Counterpunch, WEEKEND EDITION NOVEMBER 21-23, 2014

See Also:

SchwartzReport: Joseph Stiglitz on Choices

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Nov 21