From data to movement

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Talk given at the LBJ School of Public Affairs "Texas Financial Transparency: Open and Online" conference on April 23, 2010.

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From data to movement

  1. 1. transparency: from data to movement ethan zuckerman 10/22/2010
  2. 2. photo by Esthr
  3. 3. photo by Hradcanska
  4. 4. photo by 517design
  5. 5. does increased transparency lead inexorably to better government?
  6. 6. “Wikileaks has probably produced more scoops in its short life than The Washington Post has in the past 30 years.” - Rupert Wright in “The National”
  7. 7. theories of change
  8. 8. Do rigorous research Get article in New York Times Get senate hearings State Department changes visa policy
  9. 9. Get article in New York Times WELL THAT MAKES SEEMS LIKE I SHOULD OOH, LOOK! PICTURES ME ANGRY DO SOMETHING TO HELP OF KITTIES! images from Randall Munroe’s wonderful (and CC licensed) xkcd comic strip
  10. 10. Do rigorous research Get article in New York Times activate readers Get senate hearings who organize to pressure State State Department changes visa policy
  11. 11. photo by Subcomandanta Sometimes we need more data
  12. 12. photo by Kevin H. Sometimes we need filters
  13. 13. sometimes, visualization...
  14. 14. We always need context
  15. 15. And we benefit from involvement
  16. 16. - Free the data we’ve got - Find the data we don’t have - Filter, visualize, contextualize - From data to movement
  17. 17. thanks for listening. @ethanz ethan@ethanzuckerman.com

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