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Civic Technologies - Tools or Therapy?
Dietmar Offenhuber, PhD
Northeastern University
Gregor Aisch, 2011
Popular Epidemiology
A Civic Action - John Travolta (1999)
Brown, Phil. 1987. “Popular Epidemiology: Community Response to...
Grassroots Science
Public Lab, Brooklyn NY. Balloon
Mapping of the Gowanus Canal.
Photo Josh Weinstein
The Rise of the ‘Expert
Amateur’
(E. Paulos)
Pieter Franken, Safecast
The monitorial citizen: civic technologies
“BigGov has become irrelevant in the public sector,
eclipsed by someone with a supercomputer in their
pocket, open source ...
“there are some things that can only be
accomplished at scale […] For better or worse,
governments are among the few actor...
Algorithmic Governance and private infrastructure
“In this future scenario, the roads on which Jen is driving
will have al...
Are civic technologies …
scientific? activist? libertarian? deliberative?
“The idea of citizen participation is a little like
eating spinach: no one is against it in principle
because it is good f...
Participation as compliance
Participation as feedback
Urban Entropy (2015), Dietmar Offenhuber, Ars Electronica Center
Participation as monitoring
Trash | Track, Senseable City Lab, 2009 - 11
Trash | Track, Senseable City Lab, 2009 - 11
Items reported from this facility between Oct. 22 and Nov. 8.
some objects for several days.
Participation as co-governance
Forage Tracking - Senseable City Lab
COOPAMARE facility in downtown São Paulo
Truck collection vs. manual
collection
Blue = truck routes
Orange / red = manual collector routes
Too much traffic (public busses)
Too much traffic, distance, lack of material
Steep hills
Steep hills Steep hills
Many sho...
Participatory design
workshop at Coopamare
Is participation always a positive value?
Incrementalism
“Busy-ness is a handy method of maintaining the status quo yet is
simultaneously active, optimistic, and of...
Individualization of responsibility
Plant a Tree, Buy a Bike, Save the World?
Michael Maniates
Participation as a burden
Ambient Accountability
Dieter Zinnbauer, Transparency International
Know Your Rights Mural – Hunts Point, NY
Ambient Accountability
Inflatable ‘Union Rats’ - informal
pressure through naming and
shaming (Hossain 2010)
A new form of accountability
- focus on outcomes rather than
process
(Goldsmith & Crawford 2014).
Jan Banning, Bueraucrati...
Dietmar Offenhuber
d.offenhuber@neu.edu
offenhuber.net
Discussed examples from these books:
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Katja...
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Check speaker notes - The emerging field of Civic Technologies is connected with many hopes and promises: improve our cities by making local government more responsive and interactive, democratizing research and access to information, and introducing new forms of accountability. In my talk I will trace the different cultures, values and ideological underpinnings of civic technologies and critically evaluate the role of participation in these models.

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civic technologies - tools or therapy?

  1. 1. Civic Technologies - Tools or Therapy? Dietmar Offenhuber, PhD Northeastern University
  2. 2. Gregor Aisch, 2011
  3. 3. Popular Epidemiology A Civic Action - John Travolta (1999) Brown, Phil. 1987. “Popular Epidemiology: Community Response to Toxic Waste- Induced Disease in Woburn, Massachusetts.” Science, Technology, & Human Values 12 (3/4): 78–85.
  4. 4. Grassroots Science Public Lab, Brooklyn NY. Balloon Mapping of the Gowanus Canal. Photo Josh Weinstein
  5. 5. The Rise of the ‘Expert Amateur’ (E. Paulos) Pieter Franken, Safecast
  6. 6. The monitorial citizen: civic technologies
  7. 7. “BigGov has become irrelevant in the public sector, eclipsed by someone with a supercomputer in their pocket, open source hardware and software at their fingertips, and a global community of like-minded geniuses at their beck and call: YOU.” Ed Borden
  8. 8. “there are some things that can only be accomplished at scale […] For better or worse, governments are among the few actors capable of operating at the necessary scale to accomplish things like that; they're certainly the only ones that are, even in principle, fully democratically accountable” – Adam Greenfield
  9. 9. Algorithmic Governance and private infrastructure “In this future scenario, the roads on which Jen is driving will have also become autonomous actors, doing trades with the car on TradeNet. They can submit bids to the car about how much they're going to charge to use them. If she's in a hurry, Jen can choose a road that's a bit more expensive but which will allow her to get into the city faster. Awesome, right?” Mike Hearn, Bitcoin Developer, about the future of public infrastructure
  10. 10. Are civic technologies … scientific? activist? libertarian? deliberative?
  11. 11. “The idea of citizen participation is a little like eating spinach: no one is against it in principle because it is good for you.” Sherry R. Arnstein. 1969. “A Ladder of Citizen Participation.” Journal of the American Institute of Planners 35 (4): 216–24.
  12. 12. Participation as compliance
  13. 13. Participation as feedback
  14. 14. Urban Entropy (2015), Dietmar Offenhuber, Ars Electronica Center
  15. 15. Participation as monitoring Trash | Track, Senseable City Lab, 2009 - 11
  16. 16. Trash | Track, Senseable City Lab, 2009 - 11
  17. 17. Items reported from this facility between Oct. 22 and Nov. 8. some objects for several days.
  18. 18. Participation as co-governance Forage Tracking - Senseable City Lab COOPAMARE facility in downtown São Paulo
  19. 19. Truck collection vs. manual collection Blue = truck routes Orange / red = manual collector routes
  20. 20. Too much traffic (public busses) Too much traffic, distance, lack of material Steep hills Steep hills Steep hills Many shops
  21. 21. Participatory design workshop at Coopamare
  22. 22. Is participation always a positive value?
  23. 23. Incrementalism “Busy-ness is a handy method of maintaining the status quo yet is simultaneously active, optimistic, and often makes people feel better.” Samantha MacBride. 2011. Recycling Reconsidered (p. 6). MIT Press.
  24. 24. Individualization of responsibility Plant a Tree, Buy a Bike, Save the World? Michael Maniates
  25. 25. Participation as a burden
  26. 26. Ambient Accountability Dieter Zinnbauer, Transparency International Know Your Rights Mural – Hunts Point, NY
  27. 27. Ambient Accountability Inflatable ‘Union Rats’ - informal pressure through naming and shaming (Hossain 2010)
  28. 28. A new form of accountability - focus on outcomes rather than process (Goldsmith & Crawford 2014). Jan Banning, Bueraucratics
  29. 29. Dietmar Offenhuber d.offenhuber@neu.edu offenhuber.net Discussed examples from these books: Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Katja Schechtner, eds. 2012. Inscribing a Square: Urban Data as Public Space. Vienna, New York: Springer. Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Katja Schechtner, eds. 2013. Accountability Technologies - Tools for Asking Hard Questions. Vienna: Ambra V. Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Carlo Ratti. 2014. Decoding the City: Urbanism in the Age of Big Data. Basel: Birkhauser.

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