hyperlocal.org - connectivity http://hyperlocal.org/taxonomy/term/129/all en The connected Citizen http://hyperlocal.org/journal/181 <p>Quote from the <a href="http://www.iq.harvard.edu/blog/netgov/" target="_blank">Complexity and Social Networks Blog</a> at Harvard, written by Alexander Schellong</p><blockquote><p>The internet made us more powerful as well as making us more transparent. We have access to information anytime, anyplace. We can find, motivate or join like minded people to create something or influence a third party. We also leave our trails on blogs, social networking platforms, newsgroups or buying online. Governments and citizens alike can benefit from this trend.</p><p>Hierarchical government structures are the dominant model for public service delivery and meeting public policies. Although desired outcomes are mostly realized, this set-up turns out to have various downsides. Results are a silo like, inward-looking culture, slow decision making, change awareness or knowledge diffusion. While the latter also led to an institutionalized disconnect from citizens it can cause system failures when information and decision making transcends organizational and jurisdictional boundaries. Hurricane Katrina, the Avian Flu, various non-prevented terrorist attacks are such representative cases.</p><p>In addition, public administration has become continuously more complex. Economic, social, political and technological developments in the past decades have lead to a growth of the administrative apparatus, its size, power and obligations. Market-based reforms have optimized agency operations and privatized public services through contracting-out (i.e. Public Private Partnerships) or completely conferring them to the private sector. Hence, public managers and policy makers have to work within a sphere of multiple stakeholders and understand interdependent relationships for service provision, regulation and policy making. Knowing whom to hold accountable and a general understanding of this complex system is important for legislators as well as for citizen.</p><p>What can governments do?</p><p>1. Access<br />2. Dialogue<br />3. Transparency<br />4. Internal change</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.iq.harvard.edu/blog/netgov/2006/09/the_connected_citizen.html" target="_blank">continue</a> </p> http://hyperlocal.org/journal/181#comment journal community connectivity governance social change urban development Tue, 27 Feb 2007 23:48:50 +0100 rknobelspies 181 at http://hyperlocal.org The FLIRT model of Crowdsourcing / Collective Customer Collaboration http://hyperlocal.org/journal/180 <p><a href="http://www.samiviitamaki.com/about/" target="_blank">Sami Vittamäki</a> , a business graduate from the Helsinki School of Economics is working on his Master Thesis and has just released an interesting overview on the structure and semantics of crowdsourcing models. The &quot;FLIRT&quot; model defines three groups and positions them according their activity and involvement rom the core to an inner and an outer ring. The second scale elaborates on the typical elements found in collective collaborative environments: Facilities, Languange, Incentives, Rules and Tools.<br /> </p><a href="http://www.samiviitamaki.com/2007/02/16/the-flirt-model-of-crowdsourcing-collective-customer-collaboration/" target="_blank"><img src="/files/flirt_2.png" alt=" " /></a> <br /><p><br /> I would say, this approach is very much in line with the post of <a href="http://www.elatable.com/blog/?page_id=2" target="_blank">Bradley Horowitz</a> , VP of product strategy at Yahoo! about the three main groups, that can be found on social networks: <a href="http://www.elatable.com/blog/?p=5" target="_blank">Creators, Synthesizers, and Consumers</a> <br /></p><p> <img src="/files/pyramid.gif" alt=" " width="479" height="184" /></p><blockquote><p>The levels in the pyramid represent phases of value creation. As an example take Yahoo! Groups.<br /><br /></p><ul><li>1% of the user population might start a group (or a thread within a group)</li><li>10% of the user population might participate actively, and actually author content whether starting a thread or responding to a thread-in-progress</li><li>100% of the user population benefits from the activities of the above groups (lurkers) </li></ul></blockquote> http://hyperlocal.org/journal/180#comment journal community connectivity cooperation emergence Tue, 27 Feb 2007 23:15:37 +0100 rknobelspies 180 at http://hyperlocal.org Eric Schmidt: Don’t bet against the internet. http://hyperlocal.org/journal/176 <blockquote><p>… what’s surprising is that so many companies are still betting against the net, trying to solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions. The past few years have taught us that business models based on controlling consumers or content don’t work. Betting against the net is foolish because you’re betting against human ingenuity and creativity. …</p><p><br />In 2007 we’ll witness the increasing dominance of open internet standards. As web access via mobile phones grows, these standards will sweep aside the proprietary protocols promoted by individual companies striving for technical monopoly. Today’s desktop software will be overtaken by internet-based services that enable users to choose the document formats, search tools and editing capability that best suit their needs.</p><p><br />Driving this change is a profound technological shift in computer science. For the past 20 years a client-server computing architecture has dominated digital infrastructures. Expensive PCs ran complex software programs and relied primarily on proprietary protocols to connect to bigger—and even more expensive—mainframe servers. The data and the power lived in these computers and their operating systems.</p><p><br />Today we live in the clouds. We’re moving into the era of “cloud” computing, with information and applications hosted in the diffuse atmosphere of cyberspace rather than on specific processors and silicon racks. The network will truly be the computer. … Cloud computing is hardly perfect: internet-based services aren’t always reliable and there is often no way to use them offline. But the direction is clear. Simplicity is triumphing over complexity. Accessibility is beating exclusivity. Power is increasingly in the hands of the user.</p><p><br />… put simple, intuitive technology in the hands of users and they will create content and share it. The fastest-growing parts of the internet all involve direct human interaction. … online communities are thriving and growing. The internet is helping to satisfy our most fundamental human needs—our desire for knowledge, communication and a sense of belonging. …</p><p><br />We’re betting on the internet because we believe that there’s a bull market in imagination online.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.economist.com/theworldin/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=8133511&amp;d=2007" target="_blank">Link </a> </p> http://hyperlocal.org/journal/176#comment journal connectivity economy innovation opensource social change technology Sat, 25 Nov 2006 23:41:48 +0100 rknobelspies 176 at http://hyperlocal.org The Strength of Internet Ties http://hyperlocal.org/journal/169 <p>On a related note to the post before the PEW Internet &amp; American Life Project published a study about the social impact of the internet on adult Americans. The key findings are not too surprising:</p><ul><li>The internet helps build social capital.<br /></li><li>The internet plays socially beneficial roles in a world moving towards &ldquo;networked individualism.&rdquo; Email allows people to get help from their social networks and the web lets them gather information and find support and information as they face important decisions.<br /></li><li>The internet supports social networks.<br /></li><li>Email is more capable than in-person or phone communication of facilitating regular contact with large networks.</li><li>Email is a tool of &ldquo;glocalization.&rdquo; It connects distant friends and relatives, yet it also connects those who live nearby.</li><li>Email does not seduce people away from in-person and phone contact.</li><li>People use the internet to put their social networks into motion when they need help with important issues in their lives.</li><li>The internet&rsquo;s role is important in explaining the greater likelihood of online users getting help as compared to non-users.</li><li>Those with many significant ties and access to people with a variety of different occupations are more likely to get help from their networks.</li><li>Internet users have somewhat larger social networks than non-users. The median size of an American&rsquo;s network of core and significant ties is 35. For internet users, the median network size is 37; for non-users it is 30. <br /></li><li>About 60 million Americans say the internet has played an important or crucial role in helping them deal with at least one major life decision in the past two years.</li><li>The number of Americans relying on the internet for major life decisions has increased by one-third since 2002.</li><li>At major moments, some people say the internet helps them connect with other people and experts who help them make choices. Others say that the web helps them get information and compare options as they face decisions.</li></ul>The complete study can be downloaded <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Internet_ties.pdf">here</a>.<br /> http://hyperlocal.org/journal/169#comment journal community connectivity social change Tue, 16 May 2006 22:09:11 +0200 rknobelspies 169 at http://hyperlocal.org Internet fördert soziales Engagement http://hyperlocal.org/journal/168 <blockquote><p>Kinder am Computer werden von Erwachsenen oft mit gemischten Gef&uuml;hlen betrachtet. Sie bef&uuml;rchten, die soziale Entwicklung oder die Kreativit&auml;t k&ouml;nne Schaden erleiden. Genau das Gegenteil belegt jetzt eine Studie der Northwestern University in Chicago. Das Ergebnis zeigt, da&szlig; gesellschaftliches Engagement, Sozialkompetenz und Wirgef&uuml;hl - also beste F&uuml;hrungseigenschaften - online trainiert und gefestigt werden k&ouml;nnen.</p></blockquote><p><a target="_blank" href="http://morgenpost.berlin1.de/content/2006/05/11/wissenschaft/828246.html">Berliner Morgenpost, 11.05.2006</a><br /></p> http://hyperlocal.org/journal/168#comment journal community connectivity social change Tue, 16 May 2006 22:04:46 +0200 rknobelspies 168 at http://hyperlocal.org The Del.icio.us Lesson - Personal Value Precedes Network Value http://hyperlocal.org/journal/167 <p>When it comes to successful examples of Web 2.0 social networking services many people see <a target="_blank" href="http://del.icio.us/">Del.icio.us</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/">Flickr</a> as the primary candidates. Their stunning success influenced all sorts of business models for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.web2logo.com/">start-ups</a>, that are being built around the idea of generating <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_effect">network effects</a> through social software architecture to create both value for the user and revenues for the providing service. However some business plans might be at risk looking at their role models from a different <a target="_blank" href="http://bokardo.com/archives/the-delicious-lesson/">perspective</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The one major idea behind the Del.icio.us Lesson is that personal value precedes network value. What this means is that if we are to build networks of value, then each person on the network needs to find value for themselves before they can contribute value to the network. In the case of Del.icio.us, people find value saving their personal bookmarks first and foremost. All other usage is secondary.<br /><br />As people use Del.icio.us more, and in order to gain more personal value, they use tags to be able to find their bookmarks later. Tagging isn&rsquo;t even the primary function of Del.icio.us. Most of the tagging done on Del.icio.us is done secondarily, and for personal use.<br /><br />The social value of tags on Del.icio.us is only a happy side-effect. Even though most of the ink spilled about Del.icio.us is about the social value, it&rsquo;s really not the reason why people use it.<br /><br />Similar to Google aggregating links that were originally created for taking readers from one document to another, Del.icio.us can aggregate tags in order to find out how people value content. If 1,000 people save and tag the same bookmark, for example, that&rsquo;s a good sign that they find value in it. But to think that people tag so that this information can be aggregated is to give people a trait of altruism they just don&rsquo;t possess.</p></blockquote><p>Joshua Porter is a keen observer of design and technology trends associated with the emergence of Web 2.0 and for those interested in these topics his <a target="_blank" href="http://bokardo.com">writings</a> are highly recommended. </p> http://hyperlocal.org/journal/167#comment journal connectivity economy emergence innovation technology Tue, 09 May 2006 22:45:54 +0200 rknobelspies 167 at http://hyperlocal.org The law of locality http://hyperlocal.org/journal/159 <blockquote><p>People and information <em>want</em> to be closer. When planning where to put capacity, network designers are guided by the law of locality; this law states that network traffic is at least 80 percent local, 95 percent continental and only 5 percent intercontinental. Between 1997 and 1999, for example, 30 percent of al U.S. Internet traffic never crossed the national infrastructure but stayed within a local metropolitan network.</p></blockquote><p>It might be a bit misleading to take this quote from <a target="_blank" href="/?q=node/111">John Thackaras Book &quot;In the Bubble&quot;</a> as a proof for the relevance of local information. The principle of locality in this context refers more to the design and construction of network services using redundant resources that are geographically distributed across the internet. <br /></p><p>However the law of locality can also be applied to various other contexts:</p><p> Complex adaptive systems and swarm logic heavily rely on local interaction that leads to global group behaviour. Even in multinational process networks local business ecosystems build the dynamic nodes of activity.</p><p>Toyota defines locality as a key factor for securing quality within their lean production system. The closer the employee is to the source of a problem the quicker he is able to observe it and take immediate action. This leads to the possible situation, that a single worker can halt a whole production line, if he notices a critical quality issue.<br /></p><p>Locality even doesn&acute;t have to be connected to a physical place, like online-communities and social networks that provide a sense of presence and nearness as well.</p><p>But all examples have in common, that the context of locality provides a higher degree of responsiveness and connectivity, which leads to higher efficiency.<br /></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://hyperlocal.org/journal/159#comment journal community connectivity cooperation emergence Mon, 27 Mar 2006 19:42:58 +0200 rknobelspies 159 at http://hyperlocal.org Get to the point: Boston Hyperlocal WiFi http://hyperlocal.org/journal/157 <p>Wireless Pulse Points Offer an Inside Look at Local Communities<br /></p><p>The Boston Globe is sponsoring a new initiative in Boston&mdash;WiFi Pulse Points. Pulse Points are wireless access sites that offer an inside look at locations around Boston. The sites focus on the local community, offering visitors interesting information about landmarks, people, and businesses that make up the immediate community.<br /></p><p>The first two Pulse Points, which launched on September 27, are hosted by Barbara&rsquo;s Booksellers in South Station and by the Trident Booksellers and Caf&eacute; on Upper Newbury Street, a local bookstore with a long-standing reputation as a wireless hotspot.<br /></p><p>The Pulse Points are the brainchild of Globe technology editor DC Denison and WiFi innovator Michael Oh; they are designed to create interactive destinations in specific locations within the city.<br /></p><p>&quot;We created these sites as a way to share the stories that create a community,&quot; said Denison. &quot;Every individual and location has a story to tell. As you pass through South Station or browse at the Trident, these sites offer an annotation to the location&mdash;an opportunity to learn a little more about the people and places that make up our community.&quot;<br /></p><p>&quot;To my knowledge, these Pulse Points are the first time a media company has used WiFi technology as a means of offering content, not simply as an access point,&quot; Denison continued.<br /></p><p>The Pulse Points are accessible to anyone with a WiFi-enabled laptop. They allow individuals to connect to a network, but not to the Internet or e-mail. Rather, these Pulse Points connect individuals to their location&mdash;and each other. They create a &quot;situational community&quot; of people who are connected simply because they are in the same place at the same time.<br /></p><p>Each site features information on the history, the people, local businesses, and landmarks that make up the pulse of an immediate community. The sites are designed to be interactive&mdash;visitors can explore the area, play games, and add their own content to the site through discussion forums. Content on the site is updated regularly.<br /></p><p>&quot;No one understands the events and news of Boston better than The Globe,&rdquo; said Richard Gilman, publisher of The Boston Globe. &ldquo;The new WiFi Pulse Points take that understanding one step further&mdash;capturing a moment in time, a spotlight on a location where you are spending a few minutes. The Pulse Points offer a glimpse into a very local community. Our sponsorship of this initiative is one more way we can continue to deliver the pulse of Boston to the people who live here&mdash;through a variety of different channels.&quot;</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://bostonglobe.com/community/services/pulsepoints.stm">Boston Globe</a><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://localonliner.com/?p=27">Local Onliner</a><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.rocketboom.com/vlog/archives/2006/01/rb_06_jan_04.html">Rocketboom</a></p><p>Related:<br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.neighbornode.net/">Neighbornode</a><br /></p> http://hyperlocal.org/journal/157#comment journal community connectivity technology urban development Sun, 08 Jan 2006 13:21:32 +0100 rknobelspies 157 at http://hyperlocal.org Paris plans DSL for free http://hyperlocal.org/journal/155 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.netzeitung.de/internet/375984.html">This announcement</a> could potentially have a huge impact on various levels within the community of Paris and the example further proofs, that fast internet access will be more and more publicly commoditized as competitive advantage among international urban regions.<br /> http://hyperlocal.org/journal/155#comment journal community connectivity economy governance opensource urban development Fri, 06 Jan 2006 21:55:12 +0100 rknobelspies 155 at http://hyperlocal.org The World City Network http://hyperlocal.org/journal/146 <blockquote><p>&quot;The rise of transnational interactions has produced a new economic globalization in which cities and their regions are the prime nodes&quot;</p></blockquote><p>This is quintessentially summarizing the subject of a study, that is focussing on the economical impact of global connectivity for regions and cities:<br /></p><blockquote>&quot;As cities aim to position themselves better economically, they must remember that they operate in a global marketplace. Cities able to grow and attract globally-connected, high-value service firms can access, and benefit from, a worldwide array of customers, workers, and contracted services, ultimately boosting quality growth at home.&quot;</blockquote><p>&nbsp;<br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.brookings.edu/metro/pubs/20050222_worldcities.htm">Link</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brookings.edu/metro/pubs/20050222_worldcities.pdf"><br />Download PDF (944kb)</a><br /></p> http://hyperlocal.org/journal/146#comment journal connectivity cooperation economy governance travel urban development Mon, 02 Jan 2006 19:07:19 +0100 rknobelspies 146 at http://hyperlocal.org