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FOR THE BIRDS, AND MOSTLY THE CHILDREN TOO

Today in Data

The World Bank makes data available to all!

Other NGO’s and governments now routinely make their data available, but the World Bank’s on the cutting edge of realizing that making data accessible and making it impactful aren’t the same. To get the latter, you need infographics, and good ones. More here.

And Google reveals its government censorship requests.

According to the Open Net Initiative, the number of governments that censor has grown from about four in 2002 to over 40 today. In fact, some governments are now blocking content before it even reaches their citizens.

And women still make less than men, a graphic guide.

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Filed under: Power, TECHNOLOGY, TOOLS

Data Collection and Crisis Mapping

The site collected user-generated cellphone reports of riots, stranded refugees, rapes and deaths and plotted them on a map, using the locations given by informants. It collected more testimony — which is what ushahidi means in Swahili — with greater rapidity than any reporter or election monitor.

The program was founded in Kenya in response to violence and used most recently in Haiti to find trapped victims. A texting number was advertised via radio.

Ushahidi also represents a new frontier of innovation. Silicon Valley has been the reigning paradigm of innovation, with its universities, financiers, mentors, immigrants and robust patents. Ushahidi comes from another world, in which entrepreneurship is born of hardship and innovators focus on doing more with less, rather than on selling you new and improved stuff.

in this instantaneous age, this kind of testimony confronts a more immediate kind: one of aggregate, average, good-enough truths.

Filed under: Collective Bargaining, Design, Power

Hierarchy

Because in every hospital in America, patients die because of hierarchy. The way doctors are trained, the experiential domain is seen as threatening and unimportant. Yet, a nurse or a family member may be with a patient for 12 hours in a day, while a doctor might only pop in for five minutes.

A doctor speaks on hierarchy to the NYTimes and pushes for the empowerment of nurses.

National estimates are that we wash our hands 30 to 40 percent of the time. The idea isn’t surprising, but the statistics are.

In schools, the same thing applies to students. No teacher or administrator in any district sees or understands the functions or experience of a school as much as a student IN that school. Yet students are often first disenfranchised.

Filed under: EDUCATION, Power