Public Policy

A collection of 10 posts

May 26, 2020

Future Tools: DECODE

Future Tools: DECODE

People should have greater agency and control over their data. Can the collection and use of data be democratized? Can a democratic society collect and use data responsibly, and with the consent of citizens? Can people have greater access and input on how their data is used and why?

Feb 27, 2020

Future Tools: Decidim

Future Tools: Decidim

Digital decision making tools are becoming increasingly accessible and applicable to our societies. Decidim (meaning “to decide” in Catalan) is a free and open source platform developed by and for the city of Barcelona, that is now being adapted and used by communities around the world.

Feb 20, 2020

Distributed Federated Artificial Intelligence

Distributed Federated Artificial Intelligence

AI is tyrannical by default, due to the false assumption that it has to be centralized, unresponsive, unaccountable, and inevitable. Yet there’s no reason why AI can’t be democratized. Imagine for a moment that we live in such a world. What would that look like?

Feb 14, 2020

Future Tools: pol.is

Future Tools: pol.is

In this issue let’s take a look at the platform pol.is and the growing role it is playing in changing politics and legitimizing the use of digital tools for democracy.

Dec 13, 2019

Future Fibre: Bernie's Broadband Break-up

Future Fibre: Bernie's Broadband Break-up

Broadband populism finally seems to be having its moment. The combination of high prices and low quality service has not only provoked a growing number of people to complain, but it is now incentivizing politicians to regard telecom reform as a viable and popular policy.

Nov 20, 2019

Future Fibre: Broadband Communism

Future Fibre: Broadband Communism

In a bid to get attention and demonstrate their desire to take Britain in a radical new direction, the UK Labour party, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, has proposed free fibre to the home, i.e. broadband communism. Free, fast, and unlimited Internet access for all British people.