FORECAST:CLOUDY, WITHDISRUPTIVEPERIODS.
I’M JAMESI RUN A STARTUP INCUBATOR ON CAMPUS(AN EDITOR OF HONI SOIT 2012)             INCUBATE 2012-2013 Startup founders
WILLIAM GIBSONThe future isalready here –it’s just notevenly distributed.
You either get it oryou don’t.   Understanding how to best utilise new technologies is key for                  politician...
ECUADORIAN EMBASSY PATROLLING COSTS:4.5 MILLION
WHAT IF THAT MONEY WAS SPENT ONNEW TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS FOR:POLITICS 2.0OR ‘TRANSPARENCY 2.0 1.0’ (more later)
DISRUPTORS1. BIG DATA2. DISTRIBUTED ANALYSIS3. DECENTRALISED REPORTING4. NETWORKS OF SCALE5. DIGITAL LEAKS   Key trends th...
TAX HAVENLEAKS80 JOURNALISTS INVOLVEDLEAKED TO ONE AUSTRALIAN REPORTER‘SLOW JOURNALISM’ = INVESTIGATIVEJOURNALISMThe recen...
WEIBO300 MILLION USERSOFTEN GETS AROUND CHINA’SCENSORSHIPSTATE NEWS LAGS BEHIND
WIKILEAKSSHUTDOWNHUNDREDS OF MIRROR SERVERSUP WITHIN DAYS
AUSSIEDISRUPTION
AUSSIEDISRUPTORS1. OPENAUSTRALIA FOUNDATION TOOLS:OPENAUS, RIGHTTOKNOW, PLANNINGALERTS2. GETUP3. WIKILEAKS (FOUNDERS)
ACCESSNOW.ORGINTERNET FREEDOM ADVOCACY ANDTECHNICAL ADVISORY
BINUSMARTPHONE INTHE CLOUD
Natural Language Processing:Future Potential“NO CARBON TAX UNDER AGOVERNMENT I LEAD”FEB 2011"I AM MAKING SOMECHANGES....WO...
CONTRIBUTIONS• Google’s goal: Not just data access but  ‘wisdom from knowledge’.• Reject ‘disruption’ or embrace it• Socia...
POLICIES FORDISRUPTION• Privacy for the individual• Restricted information flow for groups• Transparency for governments an...
PLATFORM IDEA
COLLABORATIVEPLATFORMfor journalistsEASILY START STORIESDECENTRALISED ANALYSISCROWD SOURCED FUNDING (BASED ONTOPICS)
A UTOPIANWORLD OFTRANSPARENCY? Will there be complete transparency in the far future? Probably not.
TRUTH IS OUTTHERE –Its just not evenlydistributed.
Disruptivetechnologies willmake this happen.
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INCUBATE Program Manager, James Alexander, was invited by former Editor-in-Cheif, Peter Fray, to present on ideas relating to disruptive technologies and how that will influence political accountability in the 21 Century. Presented in a forum at the University of Sydney, April 2013.

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Forecast: Cloudy, with disruptive periods

  1. 1. FORECAST:CLOUDY, WITHDISRUPTIVEPERIODS.
  2. 2. I’M JAMESI RUN A STARTUP INCUBATOR ON CAMPUS(AN EDITOR OF HONI SOIT 2012) INCUBATE 2012-2013 Startup founders
  3. 3. WILLIAM GIBSONThe future isalready here –it’s just notevenly distributed.
  4. 4. You either get it oryou don’t. Understanding how to best utilise new technologies is key for politicians and governments.
  5. 5. ECUADORIAN EMBASSY PATROLLING COSTS:4.5 MILLION
  6. 6. WHAT IF THAT MONEY WAS SPENT ONNEW TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS FOR:POLITICS 2.0OR ‘TRANSPARENCY 2.0 1.0’ (more later)
  7. 7. DISRUPTORS1. BIG DATA2. DISTRIBUTED ANALYSIS3. DECENTRALISED REPORTING4. NETWORKS OF SCALE5. DIGITAL LEAKS Key trends that are fuelling political accountability in the 21 Century
  8. 8. TAX HAVENLEAKS80 JOURNALISTS INVOLVEDLEAKED TO ONE AUSTRALIAN REPORTER‘SLOW JOURNALISM’ = INVESTIGATIVEJOURNALISMThe recent Tax Haven leak is a global collaboration of journalists over many months.
  9. 9. WEIBO300 MILLION USERSOFTEN GETS AROUND CHINA’SCENSORSHIPSTATE NEWS LAGS BEHIND
  10. 10. WIKILEAKSSHUTDOWNHUNDREDS OF MIRROR SERVERSUP WITHIN DAYS
  11. 11. AUSSIEDISRUPTION
  12. 12. AUSSIEDISRUPTORS1. OPENAUSTRALIA FOUNDATION TOOLS:OPENAUS, RIGHTTOKNOW, PLANNINGALERTS2. GETUP3. WIKILEAKS (FOUNDERS)
  13. 13. ACCESSNOW.ORGINTERNET FREEDOM ADVOCACY ANDTECHNICAL ADVISORY
  14. 14. BINUSMARTPHONE INTHE CLOUD
  15. 15. Natural Language Processing:Future Potential“NO CARBON TAX UNDER AGOVERNMENT I LEAD”FEB 2011"I AM MAKING SOMECHANGES....WORK WITHTHE PARLIAMENTAUSTRALIANS VOTED FOR”OCT 2011 NLP technologies will allow computers to ‘understand’ language – not just keywords.
  16. 16. CONTRIBUTIONS• Google’s goal: Not just data access but ‘wisdom from knowledge’.• Reject ‘disruption’ or embrace it• Social media fuelled mis-information is just as dangerous as information itself • What if USA released the footage themselves of the chopper?
  17. 17. POLICIES FORDISRUPTION• Privacy for the individual• Restricted information flow for groups• Transparency for governments and organisationsGovernments need to create robust policies that allow for technological disruption.
  18. 18. PLATFORM IDEA
  19. 19. COLLABORATIVEPLATFORMfor journalistsEASILY START STORIESDECENTRALISED ANALYSISCROWD SOURCED FUNDING (BASED ONTOPICS)
  20. 20. A UTOPIANWORLD OFTRANSPARENCY? Will there be complete transparency in the far future? Probably not.
  21. 21. TRUTH IS OUTTHERE –Its just not evenlydistributed.
  22. 22. Disruptivetechnologies willmake this happen.

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