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Shaping Dublin: A Seminar Series on the Contemporary City By the Provisional University
Evidence-free governing is short-sighted, politically expedient and favours PR politics. Even with science, ample knowledge and data, some make ‘prayerfully’ inspired decisions as seen by anti-vaccination parents in the US, while in Ireland being certifiably dead and pregnant may be a life sentence. Moral arguments favour easy fixes such as methadone treatment which are associated with unintended drug overdoses. In cities we marginalize the most vulnerable, such as people who are homeless and use them as scapegoats when really it’s about the political economy of housing. Women’s issues everywhere are generally un-accounted for as seen in the mountain of untested rape kits in the US or the inability to adequately track femicide in the UK. In Canada government ac-count-ability systems such as the census and science libraries are being cut and in Ireland localism vs the public interest or rhetoric vs facts are the norm. This talk will critically discuss open data, big data, open government, evidence-informed public policy, counting the invisible, data-based deliberations, calculated activism, Evidence for Democracy, and imagine what a public interest data-based infrastructure for Dublin would look like.
By:Tracey P. Lauriault, ERC Funded Programmable City Project, NIRSA, NUIM
Location: Dunlop Oriel House, Dublin 2,
Date: 7:30PM 4th March 2015