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Deep Data: a more ethical and transparent form of Big Data?

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The real problem of big data is that we are increasingly outsourcing our capacity to sense and think to algorithms programmed into machines. While this seems very convenient and cool at first and offers access to services that many of us want, it also raises a question about who actually owns big data, about the rights of individuals and citizens to own their personal data and to exercise choices regarding its use.
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Deep data is used to make people and communities see themselves. Deep data functions like a mirror: it makes you see yourself--both as an individual and as a community. Over the past twenty years of my professional life I have been helping teams and organizations go through processes of profound innovation and transformative change across sectors and cultures. The one thing that I have learned from all these projects is that the key to transformative change is to make the system see itself. That's why deep data matters. It matters to the future of our institutions, our societies, and our planet.
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But what happens today with big data often is the opposite: big data is used to manipulate our behavior, to bombard us with commercials that we never asked for. Surface big data is used to outsource human thinking to algorithms, to reduce our level of awareness inside the boundaries of habitual thought.  Deep data, if developed and cultivated in the right way, could help us to enhance the level of awareness and consciousness and to change the system by shifting the consciousness of stakeholders in that system from ego-system awareness (awareness of my own silo) to eco-system awareness (awareness of the whole).

#PositiveLocalImpact   #DriveInnovation   #Globalisation   #HumanResources   #BigData   #Transparency   #Wellbeing  
The journey from science 1.0 to 2.0 is a journey of bending the beam of scientific observation back onto the observing self--both individually and collectively. #nemetics This is a nemetical approach to deep sensing.

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Better Data Privacy, Security and Transparency in Edu

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Fact of the matter, third-party providers — websites, games, textbooks, assessment tools, learning management systems, magazines, email, search engines, student information systems, social networks — already have a lot of student data. And that student data isn’t simply name, grade level, date of birth, grades, and/or attendance dates that we've long construed as part of the FERPA-protected "education record." Student data now includes the “data exhaust” we increasingly leave behind when we use computer-based applications — our queries, our location (via GPS or RFID), our length of time on a task or on a site, our keystroke patterns, our networked relationships. 

Many companies hoard this data — particularly the incumbents in the industry, particularly those that are hoping that big data will be "the new oil." To unlock the full potential of learning analytics, we must unlock the data. 

inBloom says that it’s mission is to help schools and teachers tap into all of this data: “Better, more integrated technology and data analytics can help by painting a more complete picture of student learning and making it easier to find learning materials that match each student’s learning needs. Unfortunately, creating the technology infrastructure to do this is often too expensive for most states and school districts.”

While “personalized learning” may be the stated goal of inBloom, it’s easy to see that this sort of data infrastructure can (and will) also be used to enable surveillance — monitoring and assessing students and in turn teachers and in turn schools. (Once again: “Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral” — Kranzberg’s first law of technology)

But such are the trade-offs we are increasingly making when it comes to living (and learning) in a digital world: to fully participate in it, to reap the (purported) benefits, we find ourselves giving up our privacy — or at least we give up control of a lot of our data. It's a matter of both consent and coercion.

That is, we hand over our data with varying levels of informed consent — we do so begrudgingly and willingly and unconsciously. We do that, we adults. And as such we must ask how well we help children make choices about their own data — ownership and privacy. We must consider what decisions we make — as parents, teachers, schools, app-makers — on their behalf. We must weigh when and why control over data rests with the institution (with schools, with districts) and when it rests with the app-maker (the big companies and the little startups) and when it rests with the individual.

#Education   #Privacy   #Security   #Transparency   #BigData   #Analytics  

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Transparency inside Organisations

Here is another view of #Transparency  that has to do with opening lines of communication within an organisation. I tend to think of this more as "Visibility", but if the communication is also public facing, then it would be closer to what I think is truly Transparent.  In any case, this kind of visibility works well when different departments have access to shared #BusinessIntelligence   #Dashboards . I appreciate these four steps for building transparency (and #Collaboration ) within your organisation:
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1. Identify what transparency means for your company.

Transparency can mean different things depending on your industry and company. Do you have a legal department that could be more communicative? Maybe there’s one department that drowns out everyone else. See where communication breaks down, and create a plan to fix it.  

2. Get your team on board.

If your team doesn’t understand what transparency is and why it’s important, it’s not going to work. Outline the benefits of transparency and how it can directly affect each department and employee. 

3. Put it into practice.

Don’t just give lip service. Once you “go transparent,” you need to develop strategies for keeping each department informed and connected. / #Executives  

4. Show results consistently.

When sharing information such as financial projects or results, don’t just broadcast the information once. You have to make a consistent effort to make information available to reap the benefits of an open culture. 
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Free Companies House data to boost UK economy

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Companies House is to make all of its digital data available free of charge. This will make the UK the first country to establish a truly open register of business information.

As a result, it will be easier for businesses and members of the public to research and scrutinise the activities and ownership of companies and connected individuals. Last year (2013/14), customers searching the Companies House website spent £8.7 million accessing company information on the register.

This is a considerable step forward in improving corporate transparency; a key strand of the G8 declaration at the Lough Erne summit in 2013.

It will also open up opportunities for entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ways of using the information.

This change will come into effect from the second quarter of 2015 (April – June).

#OpenData   #UK   #Transparency   #Entrepreneurs  

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Vision of Humanity brings peace research to life, with interactive peace maps, ground breaking reports and the very latest news and videos pertaining to peace.

#Maps   #PositiveLocalImpact   #Transparency  

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Philamplify: Inspiring Greater Foundation Transparency

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[T]he National Committee of Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) has also responded to the need for transparency by launching Philamplify, a website to gather feedback on foundation transparency from nonprofit professionals and those involved in philanthropy. Not only is this a place for feedback, it’s also a place for foundations to learn from each other based on recommendations from their peers and NCRP.

#Transparency   #Charities  

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With #BigData Comes Big Responsibility

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[M]ore often than not, the reality of Silicon Valley giants, who are really the gatekeepers of the future, is increasingly in conflict with the reality of the real world!  What heightens that conflict — the opaque and often tone-deaf responses from companies big and small! / #TodaysChallenges   #FutureTechnologies  

Silicon Valley (both the idea and the landmass) means that we always try to live in the future. We imagine what the future looks like and then we try and build it. Sometimes that future delights us and we embrace it whole heartedly, like with iPhones and Android-based smartphones. And  sometimes, that future seems so dystopian that society is scared and unnerved by the unknown. / #Mobile  
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Facebook’s emotion-driven-engagement experiments are tiny glimpse of  what really awaits us: a data-driven and alogrithmic future, where machines make decisions on our behalf, nudging us into making decisions. As I pointed out in my recent FastCompany magazine column, the new machine age is already underway, unseen by us. “It is not really just a human world,” said Sean Gourley, cofounder and CTO of Quid who points out that our connected world is producing so much data that it is beyond human cognitive abilities and machines are going to be part of making sense of it all. / #Social   #ArtificialIntelligence  
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Did you know at the time of signing up for Strava, that lovable cycling and running activity tracker is sharing real time user data and selling that to municipalities for 80 cents a year. In what universe does it make sense for the company to do that without asking, and have a company spokesperson blatantly admit to a Forbes reporter that, the default is opt-in — a malaise popularized by Facebook. Because not doing so means, actually explaining to people what they intend to do with that all that personal information. / #Lifelogging  
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And to be honest that is the crux of the problem — we, the citizens don’t really know what these data-hoarding companies — big and small are really good to do with all the data they have about us in their databases.  / #Transparency   #Privacy  

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Effective Mantras of #OpenData: http://goo.gl/I0bAZX

"Modern day information-savvy constituents are expecting increased transparency from the government by demanding open government data. Open Data means data which can be freely used, re-used, and re-distributed. For example, finance data, health data, data on civil servants and politicians."  / #Transparency   #CentralGovernment  
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The Literacy Challenge of Open Data: http://goo.gl/YTJMfG

"We need a data-literate citizenry, not just a small elite of hackers and policy wonks. And the best way to cultivate that broad-based literacy is not to release in small or measured quantities, but to flood us with data. To provide thousands of niches that will interest people in learning, playing and working with open data. But more than this we also need to think about cultivating communities where citizens can exchange ideas as well as involve educators to help provide support and increase people’s ability to move up the learning curve." / #PositiveLocalImpact   #Education  
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Forces of History: Between hierarchies and networks
Read in full: www.the-american-interest.com/articles/2014/06/09/networks-and-hierarchies/

Author Niall Ferguson asks, Has political hierarchy in the form of the state met its match in today’s networked world? / #AnticipateChange   #CentralGovernment   #Globalisation  

In this piece, Ferguson sets the scene with Fritz Lang’s silent movie classic Metropolis (1927), -- "modernity mythologized" in that it transcends the political ideologies of the mid-20th century. http://youtu.be/7j8Ba9rWhUg

Citation Re:   #DisruptiveInnovation  
"To all the world’s states, democratic and undemocratic alike, the new informational, commercial, and social networks of the internet age pose a profound challenge, the scale of which is only gradually becoming apparent. First email achieved a dramatic improvement in the ability of ordinary citizens to communicate with one another. Then the internet came to have an even greater impact on the ability of citizens to access information. The emergence of search engines marked a quantum leap in this process. The advent of laptops, smartphones, and other portable devices then emancipated electronic communication from the desktop. With the explosive growth of social networks came another great leap, this time in the ability of citizens to share information and ideas."
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"The PC has empowered the individual the way the book did after the 15th-century breakthrough in printing. Indeed, the trajectories for the production and price of PCs in the United States between 1977 and 2004 are remarkably similar to the trajectories for the production and price of printed books in England from 1490 to 1630. The differences are that our networking revolution is much faster and that it is global." / #BlackSwanEvents  

Re: #DriveInnovation  
"Note that the environment is not wholly a given; it can be shaped by, as well as shape, humanity. It may well be that, in the foreseeable future, our species’ impact on the earth’s climate will become the dominant driver of history, but that is not yet the case. For now, the interactions of networks and hierarchies are more important. Networks are not planned by a single authority; they are the main source of innovation but are relatively fragile. Hierarchies exist primarily because of economies of scale and scope, beginning with the imperative of self-defense. To that end, but for other reasons too, hierarchies seek to exploit the positive externalities of networks. States need networks, for no political hierarchy, no matter how powerful, can plan all the clever things that networks spontaneously generate. But if the hierarchy comes to control the networks so much as to compromise their benign self-organizing capacities, then innovation is bound to wane."

Ferguson points to the efforts of Anonymous, Wikileaks and Edward Snowden as disrupting the system of official secrecy. / #Transparency  

He gives a nod to #bitcoin , wondering, "how big a challenge Bitcoin poses to the system of national fiat currencies that has evolved since the 1970s and, in particular, how big a challenge it poses to the “exorbitant privilege” enjoyed by the United States as the issuer of the world’s dominant reserve (and transaction) currency." #USA

Re:   #Debt
"Most economists nevertheless take for granted the U.S. government’s ability to print its own currency without limit. Many assume that this offers some relatively easy way out of trouble if rising interest rates threaten to make debt service intolerably burdensome. But this assumption may be wrong."

He suggests that the course of history can be thought of as "the net result of human interactions along four axes."
The first of these is .time.
The second is nature.
The third is networks.
And the fourth is hierarchies.

He provides historical examples that reveal the interplay of these four axes in the whole piece worth reading.

Re: #TodaysChallenges   #Transparency  
"The challenge these new networks pose to established hierarchies is threefold. First, they vastly increase the volume of information to which citizens can have access, as well as the speed with which they can have access to it. Second, they empower individual citizens to publicize things that might otherwise remain secret or known only to a few. Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg did the same thing by making public classified documents, but Snowden has already revealed much more than Ellsberg and to vastly more people, while Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has far out-scooped Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (even if he has not yet helped to bring down an American President). Third, and perhaps most importantly, the networks expose by their very performance the inefficiency of hierarchical government."

Re: #Social  
"Most people do not go online to participate in flash mobs. Most women seem to prefer shopping and gossiping; most men prefer sports and pornography. All those neural quirks produced by evolution make us complete suckers for the cascading stimuli of tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook pokes from members of our electronic kinship group. The networks cater to our solipsism (selfies), our short attention spans (140 characters), and our seemingly insatiable appetite for 'news' about 'celebrities.'"
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"Today, the combination of technological innovation and international economic integration has created entirely new forms of organization—vast, privately owned networks—that were scarcely dreamt of by Keynes and Kennan. We must ask ourselves: Are these new networks really emancipating us from the tyranny of the hierarchical empire-states? Or will the hierarchies ultimately take over the networks as they did a century ago, in 1914, successfully subordinating them to the priorities of the national security state?" / #Security  

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Ex-CIA spy calls for an open source revolution
a  re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth

Citation: In 1992, despite opposition from the CIA, [Steele] obtained Marine Corps permission to organise a landmark international conference on open source intelligence – the paradigm of deriving information to support policy decisions not through secret activities, but from open public sources available to all. The conference was such a success it brought in over 620 attendees from the intelligence world.
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Last month, Steele presented a startling paper at the Libtech conference in New York, sponsored by the Internet Society and Reclaim. Drawing on principles set out in his latest book, The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth and Trust, he told the audience that all the major preconditions for revolution – set out in his 1976 graduate thesis – were now present in the United States and Britain. 
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The goal, he concludes, is to reject:

"... concentrated illicitly aggregated and largely phantom wealth in favor of community wealth defined by community knowledge, community sharing of information, and community definition of truth derived in transparency and authenticity, the latter being the ultimate arbiter of shared wealth." / #Analytics  
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"Properly educated people always appreciate holistic approaches to any challenge. This means that they understand both cause and effect, and intertwined complexities," he said. "A major part of our problem in the public policy arena is the decline in intelligence with integrity among key politicians and staff at the same time that think tanks and universities and non-governmental organisations have also suffered a similar intellectual diminishment. / #CentralGovernment   #Education   #HumanResources  
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Re: #BlackSwanEvents  
Steele: "I see five major overlapping threats on the immediate horizon," he continues. "They are all related: the collapse of complex societies, the acceleration of the Earth's demise with changes that used to take 10,000 years now taking three or less, predatory or shock capitalism and financial crime out of the City of London and Wall Street, and political corruption at scale, to include the west supporting 42 of 44 dictators. We are close to multiple mass catastrophes." 
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"The public will endure great repression, especially when most media outlets and schools are actively aiding the repressive meme of 'you are helpless, this is the order of things.' When we have a scandal so powerful that it cannot be ignored by the average Briton or American, we will have a revolution that overturns the corrupt political systems in both countries, and perhaps puts many banks out of business. Vaclav Havel calls this 'The Power of the Powerless.' One spark, one massive fire." / #USA   #UK  
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"Secrecy enables corruption. So also does an inattentive public enable corruption." / #Social  
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"What we need is a system that fully accounts for all costs. Whether we call that capitalism or not is irrelevant to me. But doing so would fundamentally transform the dynamic of present day capitalism, by making capital open source." / #OpenStandards  

Re: #Transparency  
"Open government demands open cloud and open spectrum, or money will dominate feeds and speeds." / #Cloud  
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Open source everything pretty much undermines everything the national security state stands for. Why bother even asking vice president Biden to consider it? "The national security state is rooted in secrecy as a means of avoiding accountability." 
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"The whole point of Open Source Everything is to restore public agency. Open Source is the only form of information and information technology that is affordable to the majority, interoperable across all boundaries, and rapidly scalable from local to global without the curse of overhead that proprietary corporations impose." / #OpenStandards   #Globalisation  
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Re: #AnticipateChange  / #Storytelling  
The national security state works for the City of London and Wall Street – both are about to be toppled by a combination of Eastern alternative banking and alternative international development capabilities, and individuals who recognise that they have the power to pull their money out of the banks and not buy the consumer goods that subsidise corruption and the concentration of wealth. The opportunity to take back the commons for the benefit of humanity as a whole is open – here and now."
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For Steele, the open source revolution is inevitable, simply because the demise of the system presided over by the 1% cannot be stopped – and because the alternatives to reclaiming the commons are too dismal to contemplate. We have no choice but to step up.

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