Hackpads are smart collaborative documents. .

Samuel Klein

681 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Samuel Klein 681 days ago
Samuel K
  • Threatened Voices
Coordinate with current projects: police shooting trackers
  • Find the scripts they run on public documents, build a shared library
  • Use a similar form-workflow, metadata (age, gender), visualizations
Try tracking threats, before damage is done
+ Legal (prosecution)
+ Physical (attack)
+ Intimidation (of the person)
+ Interference (w/ the work)
743 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Willow Brugh , Samuel Klein 743 days ago
Samuel K Human. Aid/Disaster Response
Who gets to be a responder?
"Harvesting" data to control a process, rather than to empower the frontline population.
So what can be done to enable people on the ground? How to work with the digital and the frontline communities?
Samuel K Many people are astonished that refugees have smartphones.  These are lifelines for them.  (how do they continue to get service? often via wifi.)
Willow B Cartoon: "We will manage"?!]
How connectivity matters -- smartphones and wifi all over.
This means governments etc are losing control. Hungarian goverment trying to say "we won't let you in illegally" when the migrating population knows better.
Bringing together all these different groups which are overwhelmed in order to coordinate.
"EASY" distribution system. People who have travelled so far in order to escape war might not want to be redistributed via a bureaucracy. People want jobs, not food and sleep. People don't want to just be beneficiaries.
Samuel K Needed: Provide work, housing, neighborhood matchmaking
Willow B Information for whom? Info should be for decision makers. And more and more, to me, that's people on the ground. Decision maker's needs slide from OCHA. Who is most important in this game? Even though we have open data and sharing, it's still owned. 
Actors are agencies, overlap with decision makers. 
Samuel K
  • Followup from Tina:  include details on 'info for whom' for followup re building this network
TG has been working on different parts of the net; starting w crisis mgmt teams and infrastructure.  Teams of experts&vols&orgs & tools drawn together to solve problems [e.g. logistics in a crunch].  These often lack a clear objective fxn; how can they know when they're working, how to expand into citizen science, letting people on the ground come up with solns and ideas?
Q: do you run into conflict w power brokers?  cit networks are easy to set up, but how do you get existing nets to work with them?  
A: Yes.  you see govs like Hungary who don't want this involvement.  Then other groups are active in these crises, w/o gov't buy in.  The vol civil society activists aren't neutral, so this becomes a point of advocacy.
[Aside: Rebecca Skolnik call-out]
The responder is your neighbor. Has questions. Who is leading? Who is doing? Who is asking for information, who is using the data, who is actually responding, who is benefiting? 
"The Disaster Profiteers" as a book about resources going from poor to rich in disasters.
You can think you're doing things "for" or "to" people, when you should be doing it "with" you. We've dumped some stuff on people, so we've helped. The golden is the community response.
Top-Down has the UN with things like 3W (Who's doing What Where). Using a standard called Humanitarian Exchange Language to share data.
Pro/Per: Top-led TVC: Standby Taskforce. International, working across the world. SBTF responds only if it's asked to be responded to by a group. Leading is the top-level group 
Per/Para: organized community like OpenStreetMap. Usually the people affected will help in the next disaster. 
Para: Local Community, like Kathmandu Living Labs, couple of americans involved, but a local team. Have the tools and ability to get a response up and going very quickly. Made quake map, not just about their own local area, but fed back into the responder community. The army came in once an hour for an updated map. 
Pro/Per resilience communities and tools. Anyone can start a response. Not just dealing with big agencies etc, also dealing with individuals.
Samuel K Interacting systems: responding NGOs, government, neighborhood/community responders.  So discussions are trending to resilience - ability to cope w changes - rather than response.  Resilience we can work on all the time, when there's no disaster present.   (as with response, resilience programs exist in both top-down and bottom-up)
Q&A:  How can we decide where efforts will be effective?  Contrast unexpected disasters where the goal is to restore balance there before, to places starting w/ nothing (hunger --> famine) where the goal is to move to something very different.  
Next steps & individual interest:
  • is there a relationship b/t how others want to work on this and how I can contribute?
  • digital communication can make a difference.  what's its transformative power to help communities reform?  more to this than data harvesting; how to engage differently? interested in new approaches.
  • fascinated by the idea of having refugees design camps, rather than being a destination.  interested in getting involved in that
  • haiti: what happens to pledges, how to organize followup & tracking?  visualization as a model. 
  • refugees: how do we make this about helping the diaspora reach out and organize global peers, rather than making it a 'problem' for countries to solve only for those within their borders?  
  • ibm: platform for grassroots citizens to input their needs [generally].  ad-hoc advertising of needs and haves, self-organizing.
  • find out what people are working on; how can my skills be of us?  write to me with an ask (like showing up here!) happy to engage
  • 350.org is working on a documentary?  solar as an aspect of this.
Willow B Chat log
we can't hear you yet
but we will soon
Marie Irvine
4:11 PM
Sara-Jayne Terp joined group chat.
Marie Irvine
4:13 PM
Hey Sara!
Hi Tina!
Sara-Jayne Terp
4:25 PM
Hey Marie!
Marie Irvine
4:31 PM
Can we get a copy of the prez?
was hard to see. 
4:31 PM
yes, will send out
Sara, did you have something to share, too?
Sara-Jayne Terp
4:31 PM
NECSI - yes, I have slides.
Do you want sent over, or okay with screnshare?
Screenshare even.
Willow.... see/ hearing me?
4:32 PM
hi, no speakers on yet
but I can see you
5 minutes to talk ok?
screenshare best
you're being projected now
Sara-Jayne Terp
708 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Samuel Klein 708 days ago
Samuel K Patent.ly
Christopher Wong on previous work  X for PTO  - you could at least upload suggestions to a machine-readable db.  That would be searchable by everyone (given that currently found p.a. isn't always searchable by new patent agents)
X was improving on the EFS design for 3d party submissions: (title 8)
  • used to need to have a 'confirmation #' that noone remembers
  • concise description of relevance: in 250 chars (now up to 1k, plus PDF)
  • you can't write about whether target is patentable (e.g., this tech shouldn't be patentable; genes shouldn't be) - they will send back for amendment, ignore rest.
Didn't want to launch, bc it would be different.
a. One thing (a cleaner way to submit prior art) doesn't need PTO input to do it.
b. A non-patent lit db wouldn't be used w/o their support.  At least it would need to have an API that the next-gen PTO setup could access.  
JM - could get a net of entities to apply pressure to the Office
 } knowledge db.  public disclosure db.  structure, timestamps, public searchable
 ) invalidation using the above.
 ) submission fluidity using the above.  [when you want to submit to the PTO] 
 ) script-writing and extraction ('soft knowledge') - glue b/t less structured repos: sw hubs, mailing lists, red boards. 
 ) campaigns: a/b tests of comms? form letters to send the PTO, ...
Options for Moz: ask engs to monitor filings and file against them.  file actively agains bad subs.  have topical db.  
Pitch to other partners: how to help them contribute?  
+ integrate w existing workflows.  make this a clean way to disclose.
+ talk about db quality, human curation and classification
Danelle thinking about hackathon for other patent issues//  come up with 3-4 issues to resolve.  then dev rollout plans.  tried this w/ data@M, helped create initiatives.
Framing: 'public disclosure' site.  also, protecting rights/agency of original author
Politics: internally building 'Patents End-to-End' suite of tools.  to emerge by 2020.  Listen closely to CTO's office.
Check boxes people use to evaluate of things have been 'published'.
715 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Samuel Klein 715 days ago
NECSI dec 9 meetings w/ Nadeem & Urban Mechanics
Samuel K About City of Cambridge
3 councillors would be interested.  Jan Devereau (new), Nadeem, ?
Takes months to get people excited, but things currently in place are:
+ Master Plan (w/ consultants who were just picked; takes 2 yrs)
  • Not unheard of to expand around a relevant component; studies all the time
+ HL charette (driven by ?, followup?)
About what's possible
Links to data sets currently used / what's available via the city
+ See what other cities have done; consider a proposal linking to such work
+ Find sources of data comparable to B.Ground in Cambridge.
+ Consider an environmental study to ID what data is available: feed into Open Data Portal and inform future. Homelessness & Housing research
A Better Cambridge - "build housing now"
lux + subs + homeless?
Current inclusionary zoning: 10% affordable
 [60% of AMI, for 35-50k/yr]
Trying to increase IZ [requires nexus study b/c Boston developers have sued in the past]
 (models/reports run by the city manager, 2MM for results few trust or read)
Lower bracket <35k is housing authority
lg non-profits, fed/state funding & tax breaks, no incl.zon'g.  mostly stopped building in recent years
What data exists?
CDG - handles IZ affordable housing, and zoning generally.  
(necsi note: Kendall Sq office rates exploding.  Structural change.  Ditto H moving into Allston.  Models need to include these larger struct changes)
What people exist?
Dan Miller - voting pattersn & models
NECSI topics
+ visualizations to help locals
+ find a local program to work with (BG)
City conversations about housing
+ noone is driving the conv now
+ builders & city might both invest
City: master planning 
Students & families leaving want to engage.  Temp advocacy groups.  Neighborhood response to large buildings.  Architects (design schools x2)
Media Labs et al
715 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Samuel Klein 715 days ago
Samuel K Platform Cooperative Incubator
MIT design studio
Teachers & mentors:  Sasha CS, Mary Gray, Samuel Klein, Aisha Shillingford, 
Potential partners
Trebor Sholtz @ NYU 
Blue Cab of Watertown - Mo (via Yaneer)
Related work
757 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Yaneer , Willow Brugh , Samuel Klein 757 days ago
Samuel K
  • Topics
Samuel K <summary here>
  • Liquid democracy etc
  • Monitorial citizenship
  • Institutions are great for long-term mission and knowledge holding. Right now, they do so much more. I've especially been thinking about archives and public services lately.
  • What changes if a distributed group opts into supporting a cause, rather than a centralized group determining what is supported?
  • Cities are made of people. Now we can listen to them. What does a smart slum that can talk to itself look like, as opposed to a  multi-million-smart-city-block?
Samuel K Building blocks for distributing other social structures
  • What changes about labor when any laborer can speak to each other, but the ties of employer are nebulous at best? Why can institutions make use of the differences of national laws, but we can't?
  • OpenStreetMap  vs traditional cartography. How individuals describe their own  locations, how that merges with The State's view of hierarchies. Collection of environmental data for direct action.
  • Documentation/History Wikipedia, Historypin, Geograph.uk, GlobalVoices, etc.    What happens when we can create a shared view of history together,    rather than fragemented bits at odds with each other? Does this   diminish  our cultural heritage? 
Samuel K Distributed problem solving and analysis (Meta)
Samuel K
  • Mesh creation and Flow
Samuel K Fixing failure modes of modern society
  • Medical use of statistics
Samuel K
  • Don Rubin of Harvard stats - wants to come start a program around this? 
Samuel K Fixing basic rights: 
Willow B
  • Land and water use rights
Samuel K
  • Migration + Refugees
  • Human trafficking
Samuel K
  • Refugees
  • Ways of framing & linking topics
Yaneer JUICEness index
Samuel K Joy factor
  • Obvious problem that should be solved by now
  • Solutions have immediate positive feedback
  • Fun to work on and talk about and organize.
Samuel K Universal interest
  • Hot topic (public interest)
  • Publishable (field interest)
  • Philanthropic enthusiasm (funder & crowdfund interest)
  • Supporters identified
  • Scale and scope
  • Likelihood of a good solution
  • Availability of policy/implementation channels
Community value
  • Social importance (some external measure)
Willow B
  • Transformative, not just incremental 
Samuel K
  • Collaborative solutions possible
Expert engagement
  • Collaborators lined up or already engaged
  • Performance partners (organizations)
Samuel K
  • Advocates in this domain (key people promoting and asking for this)
Yaneer Linked topics of individual health/functioning
  • Homelessness
  • Food
  • Jobs
  • Mental health
  • Health
  • Crime
Willow B
  • Education
Yaneer Domestic
  • Food
  • Homelessness
  • Minimum wage
  • Economic inequality
  • Violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Gun violence
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Medical research and statistics
  • Economic stability and risk

Contact Support

Please check out our How-to Guide and FAQ first to see if your question is already answered! :)

If you have a feature request, please add it to this pad. Thanks!

Log in