UPDATE: We had a great chat last week. Not surprisingly, we started talking about Umati, but the conversation quickly spilled over a into a number of important related issues. This is great, and it’s exciting to see how much interest and focus is already turning towards responsible data.
There are a lot of conversations moving now, and we expect this will lead to a closer investigation on how academic resources (derived potentially from IRB and certification processes) can be used to support activists and programmers, and generally about how to make ethical research questions relevant to a wider community of advocates and development workers. It looks like a Technology Salon will also be organized on “Ethics in Development,” which will address some of these issues, and Internews is also looking a doing a mapping of what resources are already out there.Continue reading
The engine room has blogged about the way that the April 6th Youth Movement in Egypt has evolved since the uprising. But even before the uprising, Facebook was changing the way political groups organized. My work on this topic was presented at the New Media Alternative Politics conference at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) at Cambridge in 2010, and was just published in a working paper series at the university.Continue reading