Media and Citizen Power: Open Africa Summit

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Media and Citizen Power: Open Africa Summit

  1. 1. Media & Citizen PowerAlex@oreilly.com@digiphileradar.oreilly.com/alexh
  2. 2. We spread the knowledge ofinnovators around the world.
  3. 3. Technology publishing
  4. 4. Integrated media and conferences
  5. 5. Online publishing at Radar
  6. 6. Open source software
  7. 7. Makers and open source hardware
  8. 8. 2012: a networked public sphere
  9. 9. Natural disasters
  10. 10. Open Journalism
  11. 11. #Sidibouzid
  12. 12. #Jan25
  13. 13. How did we get here?
  14. 14. In the 1990s, governments and civilsociety spread the Internet globally
  15. 15. In the 2000s, mobile phones and social networking connected us ever more
  16. 16. In the 2010s, big data will change everything again.
  17. 17. Open data enables citizens and media to be generative in new ways
  18. 18. Open Innovation
  19. 19. Platforms for citizens to self-organize Image Credit: ITO World
  20. 20. Open Mapping
  21. 21. How do you measure success?
  22. 22. 230 apps now use or are based on open health data
  23. 23. 100 million iPads sold. Why?
  24. 24. Mistake: Focus only on “apps”
  25. 25. First Principles Data platforms, not portals Web services, not websitesBuild open in from the start, as the default Convene around open standards Show your work
  26. 26. Keeping citizens safe“Traffic on the NYC Health Department’srestaurant inspection site has gone from10,000 hits per month to 124,000” - New York Times
  27. 27. Make data find the people.
  28. 28. Data journalists, meet civic hackers Source: BuzzData
  29. 29. “Data-driven journalism is the future” Source: Tim Berners-Lee in the Guardian
  30. 30. “Trendy but not new”-Simon Rogers, Guardian
  31. 31. “We used to call it CAR”-DeBarros Bob Woodward, via Cliff1066
  32. 32. Now it’s “Hacks and Hackers”Photo by Dennis Crowley, from “Hack to Hacker: Rise of the Journalist-Programmer”
  33. 33. Provisioning Data Journalism
  34. 34. “Make small things faster, make big things possible.”-Derek Willis, NYTTimesMachine.nytimes.com cost a few hundred dollars. Hosted on Amazon EC2.
  35. 35. Robo-journalism?
  36. 36. Storytelling still matters.“We use these tools to find and tell stories. We use them like we use a telephone. The story is still the thing.” - Anthony DeBarros USA Today Source: Data Journalism and the Big Picture
  37. 37. More than 36 interactive databases publishedData sets account for 75% of overall traffic [Source: CJR]
  38. 38. How can we get smarter?
  39. 39. Open by design. Beyond fellows.
  40. 40. Build on open standards
  41. 41. Listen
  42. 42. What does Open Journalism look like? “A man dies at the heart of a protest: a reporter wants to discover the truth. A journalist is seeking to contact anyone who can explain how another victim died while being restrained on a plane. A newsroom has to digest 400,000 official documents released simultaneously.” -Alan Rusbridger
  43. 43. Go real-time
  44. 44. Connect at the Right Time
  45. 45. Make the Web matter
  46. 46. Iterative feedback loops
  47. 47. Citizen-centric
  48. 48. Citizensourcing
  49. 49. Citizens as Sensors: Andhra Pradesh
  50. 50. Networked accountability
  51. 51. Personal data ownership
  52. 52. Need: Bridge analog and digital
  53. 53. Privacychallenges
  54. 54. Helps citizens who need it most
  55. 55. Bridge thedata divide Digital signage on the cheap
  56. 56. Government of the people, for the people, by the people, with the people.

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