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Session #28:
Ottawa Civic Tech
Data & Tech Citizenship
June 6th, 2017
Tracey P. Lauriault
Assistant Professor, Critical Me...
Data and everyday life
Data are even a platform!
Are more than the unique arrangement of
objective and politically neutral facts
&
they do not exist independently of ideas...
Books
Framing Data
1. Technically
2. Ethically
3. Politically &
economically
4. Spatial/Temporal
5. Philosophically
Sociotechnical Assemblage (Kitchin 2014)
2 Projects
Open Smart Cities
• Funded:
• GeoConnections
• Lead:
• Open North
• Partners:
• Tracey P. Lauriault
• Mark Fox
...
Smart & Intelligent Discourse
Actors
• GE
• CISCO
• INTEL
• SIEMENS
• IBM
• Microsoft
Dr Tracey P. Lauriault, School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University
What will be encoded?
Rights & Principles
1. The right to remain natural, i.e. ‘merely’ biological
and organic
2. The right to be inefficient if...
Smart Questions?
What is the fate of cities and agriculture
/ Food Security
• in the platform economy?
• in the sharing ec...
Discussion
• What is the role of Civic Technology in the smart city and in
precision agriculture?
• Can there be a discuss...
Session #28: Ottawa Civic Tech Data & Tech Citizenship
Session #28: Ottawa Civic Tech Data & Tech Citizenship
Session #28: Ottawa Civic Tech Data & Tech Citizenship
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Session #28: Ottawa Civic Tech Data & Tech Citizenship

  1. 1. Session #28: Ottawa Civic Tech Data & Tech Citizenship June 6th, 2017 Tracey P. Lauriault Assistant Professor, Critical Media and Big Data Communication and Media Studies School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University @traceylauriault Tracey.Lauriault@Carleton.ca
  2. 2. Data and everyday life
  3. 3. Data are even a platform!
  4. 4. Are more than the unique arrangement of objective and politically neutral facts & they do not exist independently of ideas, techniques, technologies, systems, people and contexts regardless of them being presented in that way Data – big or small Tracey P. Lauriault, 2012, Data, Infrastructures and Geographical Imaginations. Ph.D. Thesis, Carleton University, Ottawa, http://curve.carleton.ca/theses/27431
  5. 5. Books
  6. 6. Framing Data 1. Technically 2. Ethically 3. Politically & economically 4. Spatial/Temporal 5. Philosophically
  7. 7. Sociotechnical Assemblage (Kitchin 2014)
  8. 8. 2 Projects Open Smart Cities • Funded: • GeoConnections • Lead: • Open North • Partners: • Tracey P. Lauriault • Mark Fox • David Fewer, CIPPIC • Cities of Ottawa, Guelph, Edmonton and Montreal Making Data Matter: analyzing the material effects of big data use in the Agrifood sector • Funded: • SSHRC Insight Development Grant • Lead/PI: • Kelly Bronson • Co-Applicant: • Irena Knezevic • Collaborators: • Tracey P. Lauriault • Merlyna Lim • Paul Peters
  9. 9. Smart & Intelligent Discourse
  10. 10. Actors • GE • CISCO • INTEL • SIEMENS • IBM • Microsoft
  11. 11. Dr Tracey P. Lauriault, School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University
  12. 12. What will be encoded?
  13. 13. Rights & Principles 1. The right to remain natural, i.e. ‘merely’ biological and organic 2. The right to be inefficient if, when and where it defines our basic humanness 3. The right to disconnect 4. The right to be, or remain anonymous 5. The right to employ or engage people instead of machines 6. The right to data sovereignty 7. Technological citizenship
  14. 14. Smart Questions? What is the fate of cities and agriculture / Food Security • in the platform economy? • in the sharing economy? • in a smart city / precision agriculture? • w/ predictive policing? • in a safe (surveillance) city? • w/ big data & machine learning? • w/ AI, autonomous vehicles & drones? • in the Internet of Things (IoT)? • Blockchain? • Robots? • Technological inequality? What does engagement look like in a machined environment? • Civic technology? • Open Data? Open Source? Open Firmware? • Ownership? • Technology & algorithms & data? • Machines instead of people • Who governs? • Human centrered approaches?
  15. 15. Discussion • What is the role of Civic Technology in the smart city and in precision agriculture? • Can there be a discussion with technology as form political discourse? • Is there such a thing as technological citizenship?

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