Why some like Apple’s new privacy labels, despite their flaws
Apple’s labels don’t make value judgments on whether certain data collection is good or bad, if an app is too invasive for the service it provides, or how it compares to other apps. You have to figure that out for yourself, and you may not have enough knowledge to really do that.
Megan Squires, a professor at Elon University who studies new computer networks, said blockchain-based networks faced hurdles because the underlying technology made it hard to exercise any control over content.
To survive the current crisis, knowledge-work companies may finally be forced to move past Drucker’s insistent autonomy and begin asking hard questions about how their work is actually accomplished.
Generally, the protocol should be implemented in a way that ensures the owner of the upstream systems that collect DTKs are unable to identify specific individuals. This protocol should more quickly enable better testing candidates and faster quarantines and does not replace the more specific location/trend analysis that public health professionals will have to do.
Il y a un enjeu éthique important, qui devra être un choix collectif, donc politique : d’un côté, la valeur de la vie privée et de la dignité, de l’autre la vie et la sécurité des individus.
“Public health depends a lot on public trust,” he said. “If the public feels as though they are being misled or misinformed their willingness to make sacrifices — in this case social distancing — is reduced.”
Our digital century shifts society’s coordinates from a division of labor to a “division of learning,” and it follows that the struggle over access to knowledge and the power conferred by such knowledge will shape the politics of our time.
Change-washing (noun): the process of introducing reforms that purport to bring about change but fail to result in any substantive shifts in systems, services or culture.
We love data. We know that leaders today—mayors, developers, and major companies—need data to make thoughtful decisions about the future of our cities. We know that good public spaces invite everybody. We know that understanding how public spaces function gives us the information needed to help them function better, and we know that you need to observe and measure to make this possible. We know that (in the words of Jan) “we measure what we care about,” and that organizations that measure are better at achieving their goals.
We have not yet done a good job of defining what good digital public service really looks like, of creating digital charters that match up to those of our great institutions, and it is these statements of values and ways of working – rather than any amount of shiny new technology – that will create essential building blocks for the public services of the future.
Rather than being an issue of more people dying in Quebec, the death discrepancy reflects the fact that Montreal health-care workers count better. They’re finding the kinds of heat-related deaths that are surely occurring in Ontario as well but remain hidden because no one is looking for them.
Great question by Renee Sieber / @re_sieber
“What if there’s a city ordinance that conflicts with Quayside ‘ordinance,’” she said. “Which one has priority? A tragic flaw in this whole process is the need for stronger representation by the city, representation that is absent because cities don’t have the legal force that they do in the U.S.”
La propriété privée est une lorgnette étroite par laquelle nous abordons le rapport à la terre. D’autres manières de considérer l’espace sont pourtant possibles.
Each person would see the world through a distinct lens that reflected their own conceptions, understanding, narratives and beliefs. The search for “truth” was the search for “those who share my views.”
“no one wants to live in a ‘dumb’ city.” But he says that opting out shouldn’t need to be the default: “I don’t think you should have been opted in in the first place.”
This is a way better reason of using libraries for Open Data than simply stating that people trust libraries.
While many municipal governments and federal and provincial government departments make Open Data available, there is no promise or obligation to maintain or perpetually host those datasets, unless those governments are otherwise directed by an internal policy. This suggests that libraries may have a role in the collection and preservation of Open Data in their community, if just to be a source of dataset redundancy in case the original datasets are removed without sufficient notice.
the company, which is owned by IBM, also used the data for unrelated commercial purposes, like targeted marketing and analysis for hedge funds, according to the lawsuit.
Tenney is working to publicly post the IoTES specs in order for individuals and working groups to build their own sensors and share data with the city.
“I sold my users’ privacy to a larger benefit. I made a choice and a compromise. And I live with that every day.”
Bad digital infrastructure will make it harder for riders to make car-free trips. It will encourage monopolies, higher prices, and introduce needless friction. It’s the Comcast future of mobility.
Participants agreed that simply encouraging cities to open data, whether through the creation of an open data portal or any other means, is insufficient to meet resident needs. The ultimate goal of open data, rather, is for residents to make use of data to engage government and advocate for their needs, ensuring a healthy democratic process.
I found that while the average number of public records requests cities receive is growing significantly over time, cities could save time and money by passing an open data policy and investing in a robust open data program.
Data is the new foundation of our digital nation. It should be authoritative, canonical, easy to test and check, and have integrity. And for personal data, only available to services that have gained the consent of the user or citizen.
A privately controlled “smart city” infrastructure upends traditional models of citizenship because you cannot opt out of a city or a society that practises mass surveillance.
"It's time to get people out of their cars and allow people more modes [of transportation]"
New power faces two big challenges in influencing government. First, old power is solidly entrenched and well protected. Second, the loose, unaffiliated nature of new power makes it hard to focus. New power is good at big statements, the coin of elections, but bad at small details, the coin of government.
If you think of driverless cars as nothing more than cars without drivers, Burns says, you’re not seeing the full picture. These will be rooms with wheels. And that means their implications extend far beyond transportation—into retail, commerce, and even an expansive re-imagination of where Americans should live.
In other words, transport policies are not (only) about transport. It is when looking at FFPT as an urban policy rather than a transport policy that we can begin to fully understand its ambition and impact.
If you’re scooting instead of walking, then the ride has a higher environmental cost. But if you’re replacing a car ride, then it has an environmental benefit since an electric scooter uses a tiny fraction of the energy consumed by a car.
Right now, scooters are doing both.
In my view there has been a growing recognition that opening up data in isolation is less effective than it can be if targeted at solving specific policy problems — that “publish with purpose” can deliver more than “publish and they will come”.
Can the city’s traffic-clogged streets support yet another mode of transportation? Of course they can — if, for the safety of everyone, city officials and companies can agree on much-needed changes: more protected bike lanes, better transportation data and enforcement, wider sidewalks, access for low-income users and sensible restrictions.
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Twitter is not your friend. It is built to reward us for snarky in-group communication and designed to encourage unintended out-group readership. It fosters both tribalism and tribal collision. It seduces you into thinking you’re writing for one community but it gives everyone the ability to search your words and project them forward in time and space and outward into another community at the point when it’ll do you maximum damage.
When city leaders think about the public realm, they often do think about art, but often in the form of a monument or an amenity like a fountain. It’s art as a static object. But art can be more: an invitation to civic engagement.
"Au Québec, le Code de la sécurité routière (CSR) interdit, pour le moment, l’utilisation de ce genre de véhicule sur la chaussée. « Le CSR est assez clair à ce sujet, indique Mario Vaillancourt, porte-parole pour la Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec. Les trottinettes électriques et à moteur ne peuvent circuler ni dans la rue, ni sur les trottoirs, ni dans les pistes cyclables. » Il précise que cette règle ne date pas d’hier, cette dernière n’ayant pas été ajoutée dans la plus récente refonte du Code."
They add up to 30 acres of land that used to be streets. That is the equivalent of almost 23 football fields,
Great longread on the new president of the NYCTA, Andy Byford, and the challenges facing public transit in New York City.
On the other hand: They’re offering an inexpensive, environmentally and traffic-friendly way for people to get around — at no financial cost to the cities. Shouldn’t we stay out of their way?
That’s why the consortium will be set up as a public charity that will invest millions of dollars in innovative projects designed to strengthen local news coverage, community and municipal information, and civic engagement across New Jersey.
Selon leur plan, les projets de verdissement financés seraient régis par des critères d’admissibilité en trois catégories : aménagement, restauration ou protection. Québec et les municipalités pourraient par exemple transformer des stationnements de surface en parcs, aménager des jeux d’eau pour enfants dans les quartiers où l’asphalte se fait omniprésent, ou bien planter des arbres en bordure des pistes cyclables ou sur le bord des autoroutes.
Instead of an outright car ban, Oslo has now announced a tactical-urbanism approach to limiting vehicle movement through the city center by simply removing all the parking spots from the area.
At Facebook, we’ve found that simply asking our people how long they intend to stay is more than twice as accurate at foretelling their future turnover than machine-learning forecasts by an industry leader in predictive analytics.
Gil's team knew there was information out there about the locations of detention centers, and which centers could hold children. That information just wasn't aggregated in one place—a problem they set out to remedy.
Seattle has gathered the data showing that people want dockless bike sharing. Now, it also has evidence that companies are willing to bear responsibility for its drawbacks, putting the city in the perfect position to drive a harder bargain for its permanent program.
Fascinating story to read and look back at. It was a different world before the iPhone showed up.
And though some phones and tablets are cheaper in the short term, one rugged OLPC might outlast generations of them.
There are solid arguments to be had about how to balance individual and collective rights to data ownership. Those arguing that we should simply become “data shareholders” and earn a financial return on our data, with Facebook and Google continuing to mine it for advertising or other purposes, should perhaps grapple with the fact that full value of such data emerges only once it’s aggregated across many individuals (even more so in the case of using it for machine learning), so one cannot simply take the total revenue of these companies and divide it by the number of individual users to figure out what each of us is due. Plus, a lot of the data that we generate, when we walk down a tax-funded city street equipped with tax-funded smart street lights, is perhaps better conceptualised as data to which we might have social and collective use rights as citizens, but not necessarily individual ownership rights as producers or consumers.