Pondering Community/Mission Building

Screenshot 2013-10-18 10.48.33One of the areas that I like to cover in the Social Computing ecosystem is that surrounding Community development and management. In the past I have been far more focused on exploring open source platforms and the raw ingredients that have shaped the success of community development as an alternative to push marketing. Continue reading Pondering Community/Mission Building

Open Government Partnership

We will talk more fully about Open Government and Government 2.0 in a few weeks, but I did want to raise (in the nature of transparency) and also as it is very germane to this module, that Ireland joined the global Open Government Partnership earlier this year. The Department of Public Reform and Expenditure officially signed a memorandum of understanding and has subsequently employed Transparency International Ireland to carry out a public consultation to engage with Civil Society. I provide this as background and invite you to follow along. How do we effectively cultivate engagement between wider society and the state when it comes to reform movements? What can be learned from the Seanád referendum experience?

Week 2 – Collaboration

I hope that you have all had a chance to consider a choose an appropriate article from the bibliography. I note that we have about 22 choices so far. Great. If you haven’t please do so and as I said not constrained by the list included, if you would like to do one in another area – perhaps that you have found in locating your own article through TCD’s Stella – please just let me know.
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Who’s Responsible for Online Comments?

Screenshot 2013-10-12 12.11.07There was a rather important finding in the EU Court of Human Rights yesterday that caught my eye. In a precedent setting finding, the court found the owners of Delfi, an Estonian news-site provider, were liable for comments posted to the site by outraged customers of Leedo – an Estonian ferry provider in the process of reducing the routes it provided to Estonian islands. The vituperative comments were directed at the ferry service provider, by way of the news providers website and were considered offensive by the court.
The nature of libel via the Internet remains a contentious area and this finding further increases the responsibility on providers to censor their feeds – raising issues around EU freedom of expression rights.
The original articles appeared throughout Europe in 2006. Continue reading Who’s Responsible for Online Comments?

Reflections on First Week or So

I am very glad to see the high level of activity in the forums. My apologies for all the hurdles that we are jumping through to carry out registration and getting into the forums. I personally find forum software somewhat difficult and less than intuitive both on the participation side, but also on the admin side. I had explored going externally (rather than sticking with bbpress or another forum tool within wordpress) but decided to give bbpress one more kick. It is ok – and I hope you are not finding it too challenging.
The hope was for something that supported free and open discussion. Do you find it does this?
On other matter, you may not I tweaked the overall structure of the site a bit – first and foremost bringing the blog back to the front. I wanted to make sure that messages and interaction are less buried in the site. The forum position is buried enough. I am wrestling with the challenge of not showing up once a week and delivering a face to face engagement – which I am used to as well. It’s peculiar. But it’s all part of the experiment. I hope that I didn’t move things that you were looking for. I put all assignment and expectation material to the top of the right hand column above the log in area for the forum. I also simplified the menu in hope of less distraction. Feel free to feed back on this. Thoughts are always welcome on how this is going.

I added a new page on the mid-level technicalities of this site to discuss what I am using to serve this all up: Site Marginalia

Week 1 – Introduction

beginningI hope that you have found the first face-to-face meeting congenial and hopefully has excited you about the content that we will explore together. As we are studying Social Computing it certainly seems only natural that we employ the tools and processes that we are studying as a part of our own practice. So … from today we will only occasionally be meeting in person but instead will interact through a variety of online means to reflect on how these change the way in which we interact and how they can be effectively employed to share knowledge. We are going to learn and see by doing. Your participation is crucial and I hope that what you do here will benefit your performance not only in your other modules but in your work life and next year’s major project.
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Big Data in Bygone Times

Screen-Shot-2013-04-24-at-14.33.10-150x150There are some telling lessons for today’s larger organisations by  looking into the history of the organisation.  Big data is not a new phenomenon – it is entirely relative and all too strikingly familiar. Over time individuals and organisations have been constantly challenged by what seemed to be mountains of data containing a prospective valuable nugget of knowledge. In a recent McKinsey Quarterly article, Big Data in the age of the telegraph, Rebecca Rosenthal looks at the example of Daniel McCallum and the New York and Erie Railroad. Identifying the pain that ‘although the telegraph’s speed made more information available, organizing and acting on it became increasingly difficult,’ Rosenthal explores how McCallum sought to deal with both the deluge of information and also the inherent need to have it available where it could acted upon the most timely fashion.  Continue reading Big Data in Bygone Times

MindMixer Helps Citizens Engage With Their Communities

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 11.27.22“One of the biggest roadblocks to implementing local community ideas is finding resources in city government or local organizations who might be able to help. More importantly, how can you involve like-minded individuals in the discussion? A new type of civic engagement platform – like MindMixer – can help. MindMixer is in essence a “virtual town hall,” a community forum where constituents can meet to discuss issues and share ideas. (Here’s an overview of how MindMixer works.)”