Not all political parties included all these issues in their platforms, note some of the absences by the Conservatives, and the Bloc while the NDP, Liberals and the Greens made these key platform commitments. How they did so differed greatly, especially when it comes to Science.
Session #28: Ottawa Civic Tech Data & Tech Citizenship
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
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
Data – big or small
Tracey P. Lauriault, 2012, Data, Infrastructures and
Geographical Imaginations. Ph.D. Thesis, Carleton
Open Smart Cities
• Open North
• 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
• SSHRC Insight Development Grant
• Kelly Bronson
• Irena Knezevic
• Tracey P. Lauriault
• Merlyna Lim
• Paul Peters
Rights & Principles
1. The right to remain natural, i.e. ‘merely’ biological
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
6. The right to data sovereignty
7. Technological citizenship
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)?
• Technological inequality?
What does engagement look like
in a machined environment?
• Civic technology?
• Open Data? Open Source? Open
• Technology & algorithms & data?
• Machines instead of people
• Who governs?
• Human centrered approaches?
• What is the role of Civic Technology in the smart city and in
• Can there be a discussion with technology as form political
• Is there such a thing as technological citizenship?