Where the science went wrong
www.newstatesman.com

scientific caution, rather than a strategy of “herd immunity”, drove the UK’s slow response...Sage agreeing “to publish a chronological set ... documents which have informed the questions it has considered and its advice to date... to demonstrate the uncertainties scientists have faced, how understanding of Covid-19 has developed over time, and th…

We will not publish who is on scientific advisory group
www.theguardian.com
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rejects accusations there has been ‘lack of transparency’ about Sage committee... key meetings have been attended by Dominic Cummings... risk of them being subject to ... undue influence... Ministers have repeatedly insisted ... “followed the science”

27/04/2020
COVID-19: What is the Epidemic Response Committee? - New Zealand Parliament
www.parliament.nz
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A special select committee has been created to consider the Government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak... you can watch their meetings... chaired by the Leader of the Opposition... check the submitters list to find out more about who will be appearing

27/04/2020
This visualization shows the details of Sweden's climate plan
www.fastcompany.com
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Sweden plans to cut its emissions to net zero. A new digital visualization shows exactly what it’s doing to reach that goal—and is designed to help policymakers move faster to fill in gaps in the current plan and make sure it actually succeeds. It’s also fully open to the public, so anyone can hold the government accountable... A typical governmen…

Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong
www.vox.com
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intellectual humility, the crucial characteristic that allows for admission of wrongness... crucial for learning... difficult to foster... a virtue worth striving for... entertaining the possibility that you may be wrong and being open to learning ...actively curious about your blind spots... It’s about asking: What am I missing here? our reali…

Knowledge4Policy Medium Publication
medium.com
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Managing a Medium Publication to share our the journey as we build Knowledge4Policy: "share our experiences … as transparently as possible, and invite ideas and perspectives from experts in evidence-based policymaking around the world"

Could New York City's AI Transparency Bill Be a Model for the Country?
www.govtech.com
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algorithmic accountability bill... a task force that will monitor the fairness and validity of algorithms used by municipal agencies... include groups and individuals that are affected by algorithms, technology ethicists, city department heads using AI, technology companies as well as legal experts... law enforcement and ... technology companies…

26/02/2018
What we talk about when we talk about fair AI – BBC News Labs – Medium
medium.com
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Over the coming years, we’ll see the BBC develop and roll-out more and more machine learning algorithms for storing, retrieving, tagging and possibly even creating content.... What if we lock our audiences in to what they just want to hear, never challenging them? ... Should the algorithms we use be open to public scrutiny?... inform our own thin…

‘Does it improve democratic quality?’
www.linkedin.com

give ourselves the following assignment: Government engagement must contribute to the quality of democracy.... provides a solid foundation for the design and execution of ... communication and participation forms and processes... an angle to critically review ... collaboration formats and tools. Participation is not an end in itself; reinforcing …

When Government Rules by Software, Citizens Are Left in the Dark
www.wired.com
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public policy is being pushed into a realm where it’s not accessible... After PSA was adopted in Lucas County, Ohio... crimes committed by people awaiting trial fell, even as more defendants were released without having to post bail... Most governments ... didn’t appear to have the expertise to properly consider or answer questions about the pred…

Doing your thinking in public
mathew.blogactiv.eu
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For Jay Rosen... Blogging is doing your work in public… For me it’s slightly different – this is where I do my thinking in public

The Best Time For Transparency Is When It’s The Hardest
medium.com
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We’ve shared many of the benefits of transparency already, and now I’d like to add to the list. If you’re contemplating transparency ... here are 3 big benefits I’d love to share. When you show your mistakes, you make yourself vulnerable... makes others want to cheer for you... frees you from the trap of perfectionism... makes people want to he…

31/10/2015
Buffer: $7 Million Startup, Zero Managers
www.inc.com
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Self-management builds on the foundation of transparency. I don't think self-management works without being transparent ... we're now moving to a model where small teams own specific areas, and people don't need to worry about fixing and contributing to each and every problem in the company... the more self-managed you are as a company the m…

Participation Success Factors: a quick followup
mathew.blogactiv.eu
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What happened when 60 odd people had a go at the Participation mindmap? The EuroPCom session went well yesterday, judging by the Tweets.... the mindmap – which started out as a... prop to get people started – turned out to be quite central... the key things that emerged were...

The inevitability of the surveillance society
praxtime.com
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"... the surveillance society or the transparent society, the rise of camera surveillance seems unstoppable. The parallel I’d like to draw is to the rise of equality, as observed by Alexis de Tocqueville in his 1835 classic Democracy in America. " Really excellent, useful post. - The surveillance society is a step forward. But one that harkens b…

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