Personal Democracy Forum is one of my favourite events of the year. Geeks and political savvy convene in NYC for this 2-day brain feast. Last year, I had the honour of being a Google PDF Fellow. Why PDF? PDF sessions, keynotes and, most importantly, the chance ‘lobby conference’ include a high caliber of local, national
Data, So what from Heather Leson Futures Panel @ Go Open Data Notes Slide 1: What is our Open Data Vision for Ontario? Canada? the World?
How will we get there?
Last year at OSCON – Tim O’Reilly told the participants that “we won”. After 14 years, open source is often a default. Last year
The Guardian’s Anna Scott invited me to join the April 11th session on Making ICTs work for social justice and development. It was a vibrant discussion. Here are some of the best bits. Some of my input: A tool is only as good as the wider project: Successful projects need a mandate, a plan, a
Lined up along High Street, we stood in anticipation: the ANOX students with BBC camera crews and other well wishers. Aung San Suu Kyi was at University of Oxford to receive an honorary civil law doctorate. The moment strike me as indicative of why the Annenberg – Oxford Media Policy Institute program was one of
Nairobi, Kenya Since I arrived in Kenya at the beginning of January, I’ve been deep in Uchaguzi (Kenya Elections 2013) Planning. There has been deep dives in crisismapping strategy, local political ecosystem and, of course, many community events. It is a pleasure to host events bringing like minds together for a common purpose. I’m blogging
I wanted to create an “atlas of inspiration.” Chung Wong, founder of Jump2Spot. Jump2Spot is a hot Canadian geo start-up, founded by Chung Wong, with the mission to map stories from books, music, arts and beyond. 35, 853 iconic moments mapped Some of the astounding Jump2Spot highlights: It is the world’s largest GPS atlas mapping
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is in election mode. I hope to become a member pending approval and am proposing to join the board. More on that in a bit. What is HOT and Why is it so important to the Digital Humanitarian Ecosystem HOT grew with the need to recognize emergency and crisis mapping.
The Internet is our community garden, our public space and our workshop. Every day I work with people around the world who create maps and technology for good. A free and open Internet invites this collaboration beyond borders, religion, politics and societal barriers. Crisismappers, particularly, conflict mappers do some of the bravest and scariest acts
Random Hacks of Kindness season is here again! RHOK’s mission is to make the world a better place through a global community of innovation developing practical open technology. We are a global hackathon community holding events on December 1 – 2, 2012 in over 30 cities. (Personally, I’m very excited to see Sydney, Australia join
What if? This is a question that drives me daily. What if people are connected to affect change with technology? I am very honoured to be selected as a Personal Democracy Forum Google Fellow 2012 among a distinguished list of accomplished fellows. Learning about the struggles to give voice and have free elections around the