Panel: Big Data & the Public Good for the Illinois Humanities

Today I moderated a panel for Illinois Humanities about how big data can serve the public good. Here’s how they described it:

What is the relationship between information technology, urban space, and the public good in the age of big data? Where do “smart cities” initiatives like the Array of Things – which doesn’t collect any information about individuals – fit into contemporary conversations about privacy and surveillance? How can the arts and humanities help our society think through these issues?

Alongside the discussion, we’ll also release the second issue of a chapbook set accompanying the Data, Democracy and the Human Story program series, featuring contributions from Chicago-area artists and writers.

Here’s a pic from the stage:


Here’s a Smart Chicago blog post covering the event. Snip:

Dan O’Neil shared some of the best practices that Smart Chicago has gleaned: do engagement work as openly as possibly, document your process and planning, invite everyone, and “fetishize the outputs.” One recent example of model of engagement is Smart Chicago’s work with the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force Community Forums.

Appointment to the Illinois Technology Association’s Internet of Things Council

Today I joined the Illinois Technology Association’s Internet of Things Council. Here’s more about that work:

The mission of the ITA Internet of Things Council is to drive advancement of IoT

Midwest Internet of Things Council

technology, policy and industry, establishing Chicago and the Midwest as an epicenter of IoT

Chicago and the Midwest are in a unique position to be a leader in the Internet of Things evolution. We have a rich history of supporting industries such as manufacturing, software, big data, retail and healthcare, giving the region the experience and knowledge to foster the development of the Internet of Things. The Council is driving by the notion that by collaborating closely together, we have all the pieces are right here for the Midwest to emerge as a national leader in the advancement of the Internet of Things.

Here’s some coverage in Blue Sky: ITA Internet of Things Council aims to make Chicago a connectivity hub. Here’s some images: