ICTlogy Lifestream http://ictlogy.net/lifestream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Sweetcron ictlogist@ictlogy.net Javier Toret. #OccupyHongKong: Network Movements arrive in Asia http://ictlogy.net/lifestream/items/view/16389 Notes from the #OccupyHongKong: Network Movements arrive in Asia research seminar, organized by the Networks, Movements & Technopolitics research group programme of the IN3, in Barcelona, Spain, on November 24th, 2014. Javier Toret#OccupyHongKong: Network Movements arrive in Asia The global financial crisis of 1997 can arguably be seen as one of the main precedents of Occupy Hong Kong. This added to the several attempts of China to regain hegemony in Hong Kong — like the 2003 Education Law — explain a good bunch of how citizens begin to organize themselves, most especially when they begin to mirror the Sunflower movement in Taiwan, with which they share many philosophical principles. OccupyCentral with peace and love is a movement that aims at achieving universal suffrage for the citizens in Hong Kong and against what they criticise as Chinese imperialism. The civil referendum of OccupyCentral with peace and love will be participated by 787,767 citizens, roughly the 20% of the population in Hong Kong. Certainly a milestone, but still a minority in Hongkongese terms. The response from the Chinese government is applying even more restrictions, thus heating the public agenda. Scholarism, to fight back, proposes a one week strike against the new law and the occupation, during September 26 and 27 of a square and government building. This is an offensive that caught by surprise both the Government and OccupyCentral, which aimed at occupying the financial district much later — the students, instead, argue that action should not wait. On September 28th, the students take the central streets with their umbrellas as a political sign. On September 28th the resistance on the streets is already massive. The protesters organize themselves as a network, with different actors, with public figures as visible faces but with many anonymous citizens working hard on the “back office”. This network experienced or continued with prior technopolitical actions, and in other cases induced innovation in this kind of practices. In general, there was a major appropriation of the commercial technologies at hand: Facebook, Telegram, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Nevertheless, Twitter is not used a lot, especially in comparison to other movements such as the Spanish 15M. Instead, Facebook and online forums are much more mainstream. And, as in other movements, there is a blending of physical and virtual spaces, and of local and international spheres. Knowing this, China redoubled its attacks on the cybersphere, putting down websites, forbidding online services, etc. One of the main novelties is the usage of Firechat, an applications that enables local networks based on Bluetooth connectivity to create a mesh network. This made possible communications among protesters even when there was no Internet connectivity available. Notwithstanding, and despite a huge amount of downloads, its lack of privacy and protection against malware caused that is was not used by everyone or all the time. Code4HK acted as a general aggregator, centralizing news, information, resources, lists of people or groups or tools/technology, etc, etc, etc. A huge repository that helped people to replicate DIY citizen actions. Stand By You was a tool to connect the local with the remote, the physical and the virtual, by enabling sending messages of support and project them upon the façades of buildings. As in other movements, there is a clear overlapping of “layers”: the physical one, the technical one, the emotional one, etc. It seems that the OccupyHongKong movement is doing similar things as other movements (Indignados, Occupy Wall Street, etc.) but the movement does not see itself as connected to those other movements. In fact, this is partly a wanted decision, so to avoid criticism from China or even Honk Kong of the movement being fostered by the US or other foreign powers. It’s a pro-democracy movement and universal suffrage is its main and specific demand. Now OccupyCentral with Peace and Love has been participated by (traditional) political parties and university faculty, which has contributed to coordinate different actors, to establish bridges between institutions. The active and pervasive presence of the digital media/press has undoubtedly contributed in better monitoring and describing the movement, much more than in other similar movements, and also to contribute that mainstream traditional media better understand what is going on the streets. The fact that there are public, recognizable spokesman of the movement has also contributed to a collective explaining and understanding of the movement. The protests have a clear generational cut: most of the protesters teenagers and youngsters in general (college and higher education students). There’s faculty too, and some other actors, but it is mainly a student movement. This post originally published at ICT4D Blog as Javier Toret. #OccupyHongKong: Network Movements arrive in AsiaThe post Javier Toret. #OccupyHongKong: Network Movements arrive in Asia appeared first on ICT4D Blog.

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Thesis Defence. Xavier Mas: the integration of the uses of digital technology in adult learning http://ictlogy.net/lifestream/items/view/16388 Thesis defence by Xavier Mas entitled The integration of the uses of digital technology in adult persons in their training activities at the university, in Barcelona at the Universitat de Barcelona. November 24, 2014. Xavier Mas: The integration of the uses of digital technology in adult persons in their training activities at the university Having the word, in the digital age is having the technology. Technology is part of literacy. Goals:

Improve the knowledge on the relationship between the use of technology and everyday life, especially learning. Patterns in the use of digital technologies for learning. New questions in the field.

The theoretical framework comes both from the “pre-Net” learning theories to renew education (Freire, Freinet, Vygotsky, Illich) and “Net-aware” theories based on constructivism and connectivism, the flipped classroom, augmented learning, the PLE, etc. Digital competence goes way beyond a simple matter of literacy, but it does embed other skills that belong to superior stages. Methodology: two independent research paths, qualitative and quantitative. Guided open interviews with experts + survey to students (2010). Results Experts from the interview:

Preponderance of the professional sphere in their digital universe. Relevance of the social dimension in managing knowledge (connectivism) Strong relationship between digital universe and digital competence. Awareness of being building a PLE. Awareness of a sense of being on a PLN. Quest for ubiquity.

Results from survey

Two different clusters among the respondants. Universal: basic uses such as search for information, accessing digital content, use of social networking sites, etc. Minority use: complex uses such as publish on a blog, online gaming, mobile devices, etc.

Complex uses are normally accompanied with more participation online and a more creative participation. Utility of uses of digital technology for learning:

Access to information: browsable, multimedia and shareable. Social and collaborative component: communication, sharing, collaboration. Ubiquity: mobility, in the cloud. And not ubiquity as being connected anywhere, but a transformation of the dimensions of time and space.

Socio-demografic factors are not determinants on the differences found in the surveys. I.e. just some slight biases related to age, but very very small. The only slightly more relevant difference is when students come from IT engineering. Conclusions

What defienes advanced digital competence and the main learning metatrends are present in the personal behaviour of the participants, but not in a generalized way and, especially, not guaranteed. The perception of the value of technology for learning is acknowledged, especially in the spheres of the social component and ubiquity. Need to identify the profiles in the use of technology and the factors that determine it. Need to deepen the penetration of the learning metatrends of informalization that empower the student, and of dis-location in the situations and contexts of informal learning.

Discussion There are many contributions made by some pre-Net authors (Freinet, Freire, Illich) that resonate a lot with what is happening today with education and ICTs, especially social networking sites. Some theoretical proposals by these authors can today be put into practice thanks to ICTs in education. It is interesting to stress the fact that many practices that happen inside traditional online LMS are not exactly the same practices that students will perform outside of the LMS, in their daily lives. Thus, we have to be cautious in saying that practices happening within the LMS can be compared with what happens outside. Most likely, they will not be comparable. Most LMS digital practices are so much driven, happen so much inside a walled garden that they are all but “natural”, not spontaneous at all. The concept of life-width learning — in addition to life-long learning — was introduced to stress the notion that what happens in the Net, all the digital practices affect not only a specific activity — i.e. learning — but the whole of one’s life. And this is a crucial statement, especially when we consider the increasing shift from formal education to informal learning. We are witnessing an epistemological change where knowledge will never more be a static thing, but a dynamic one. Thus why connectivism — with its critiques — is a most valuable metaphor and/or theory. The pattern of lineal learning applies no more: now knowledge and learning is not linear, but liquid. Many of the approaches based on “generations” (generation X, Y or whatever) may not be really accurate. Maybe it is not a matter of being a generation or another one, but being on a given stage of the life-cycle, which pushes people to certain users depending on their needs — and not as much as depending on their birth date. PS: congratulations, doctor Mas! This post originally published at ICT4D Blog as Thesis Defence. Xavier Mas: the integration of the uses of digital technology in adult learningThe post Thesis Defence. Xavier Mas: the integration of the uses of digital technology in adult learning appeared first on ICT4D Blog.

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Estudio sobre Comercio Electrónico B2C 2013 http://ictlogy.net/lifestream/items/view/16385 Observatorio Nacional de las Telecomunicaciones y la Sociedad de la Información (2014). Estudio sobre Comercio Electrónico B2C 2013. Madrid: ONTSI.

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Codesenvolupament local: de la participació a la innovació social oberta http://ictlogy.net/lifestream/items/view/16378 Peña-López, I. (2014). Codesenvolupament local: de la participació a la innovació social oberta. Lleida: Agència Catalana de la Joventut.

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15M-25M: ¿Apertura de las instituciones o toma del poder? http://ictlogy.net/lifestream/items/view/16373 Peña-López, I. (2014). 15M-25M: ¿Apertura de las instituciones o toma del poder?. Barcelona: UOC/IN3.

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Webs de xarxes socials i intercanvi de coneixement. Anàlisi de land;#39;adopció i land;#39;ús dels membres de les comunitats virtuals professionals del turisme http://ictlogy.net/lifestream/items/view/16372 Miralbell Izard, O. (2012). Webs de xarxes socials i intercanvi de coneixement. Anàlisi de land;#39;adopció i land;#39;ús dels membres de les comunitats virtuals professionals del turisme. Barcelona: UOC/IN3.

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Tecnopolítica14 (IV). Miguel Arana & Francesca Bria: experiments in digital democracy http://ictlogy.net/lifestream/items/view/16371 Notes from the Network democracy and technopolitics. Transformations of the electoral space and new prototypes post-15M, organized by the Communication and Civil Society programme of the IN3, X.net and FCForum, in Barcelona, Spain, on November 4th, 2014. More notes on this event: tecnopolitica14. Miguel Arana (Laboratorio Democrático y grupo de participación de Podemos)From Acampada Sol to Podemos. Experiments of digital democracy in Podemos. Labodemo adapted Loomio, a collaborative decision-making tool. It enables people that do not like to speak out, to participate in assemblies and other collaborative spaces, while it allows to know what is happening in a group, during a discussion, etc. Another tool that was put up during the 15M: Propongo. But it did not work as it was expected. To solve the lack or participation, they put up a channel on Reddit, a little more chaotic, but more flexible and, thus, more successful. With these tools, the concept that verticality is more effective than horizontality has been quite challenged. One of the problem, though, is that novelties catch more the attention than older threads. To have a less chaotic environment, when a thread is tagged as ‘proposal’, it is taken onto another platform so that they can be discussed more calmly and thoroughly. It is crucial that no space dominates over other spaces. That is why participation is called to transpose what is spoken at a given platform (including face-to-face assemblies) onto other platforms or spaces. So far, openness and flexibility has worked well and there is no trolling or abuse of power. It is unknown whether in the future managing the platforms will become more complex, but so far participation has been smooth and respectful. To try and gather up what was being discussed in the several threads and in order to prepare for the Podemos General Assembly, a “wikisynthesis” was put up (by using a wiki tool). But people participated much much less, maybe due to the different and more complex environment. During the General Assembly, Appgree was used to support a more traditional event based on presentations and questions to the presenters. Appgree helped in sorting the questions and assessing their popularity or relevance. Next challenge: that the proposals that people put up on the web (through Agora Voting, another tool) are selected in a binding voting, so that decisions made afterwards take into account these open processes. Francesca Bria (D-CENT)urban and digital infrastructures for a constituent phase. A look upon Europe What kind of infrastructure do we need for a constituent phase? The identity and democratic infrastructures of today’s digital society must be managed as a common good. The Internet of Things, the industrialization of the Internet,s is the convergence of the communication Internet, the energy Internet, the logistic Internet, transport networks, data-intensive welfare (health, education, housing, work) and the money and payment system. Surveillance is the new business model:

A huge market of data and new information intermediaries as powerful monopolists. Algorithmic governance. Austerity on steroids.

Is there still room for democracy? Will there be an app for that? The smart city is the city as a black-box, the logic of financialisation, the ruling of cities as banks. Instead, we need the democratic city, the right to the city and to public spaces. The city should not be a mega-market, a bunch of assets. The city today is what factories used to be for the industrial times. We are giving away all the critical infrastructures of our common spaces, of our cities. Alternatives?

Build a federated, open, privacy-aware modular infrastructure for democracy. Politics of data (data ownership, data portability, crypto tools) is key. From the Smart City to the Democratic City.

Key issues:

Citizen ownership of data and identity. Security and privacy by design. Federation, open source, open standards. Inclusiveness, accessibility, collective governance. Exploit the network effct through mass user adoption.

And most of these are not technological issues, but political ones. This post originally published at ICT4D Blog as Tecnopolítica14 (IV). Miguel Arana & Francesca Bria: experiments in digital democracyThe post Tecnopolítica14 (IV). Miguel Arana & Francesca Bria: experiments in digital democracy appeared first on ICT4D Blog.

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Tecnopolítica14 (III). Javier Toret, Antonio Ruiz & Sergio Salgado: limits and potentials of technopolitical practices http://ictlogy.net/lifestream/items/view/16370 Notes from the Network democracy and technopolitics. Transformations of the electoral space and new prototypes post-15M, organized by the Communication and Civil Society programme of the IN3, X.net and FCForum, in Barcelona, Spain, on November 4th, 2014. More notes on this event: tecnopolitica14. Javier Toret (UOC/IN3)Limits and potentials of technopolitical practices from the 15M to #OccupyCentral. New technopolitical experiments in the constituent phase 2013-2015. From September 26th to 29th there’s the outrage of #OccupyHongKong in some similar ways as the Spanish 15M. More than 2,000 tents camp in big avenues. ‘Stand by you‘ enables people from all over the world to participate in the physical space. FireChat is an OpenGarden’s application that creates chat channels supported by a mesh network by using bluetooth, a sort of wifip2p network. Also drones were used to map the demonstration. In the Indignados movement, social networking sites were appropriated by individuals, which can be understood as a multilayer model where each layer is a communication space. And how citizens, media and the power tries to control each layer, which is interconnected with the others. When energy accumulates in many layers, the energy is thrown to the streets and the mainstream layer has to report what is happening and include the topic in the mainstream agenda. This multilayer model has to be understood, too, at the international level. Podemos also can be modelled with a multilayer approach, being their singularity that they especially did well in the mainstream media layer. And beyond the self-organized movement of the 15M, Podemos succeeds in putting up a political mobilization that ends up with a self-organized social mobilization, which feeds back the former, closing a virtuous circle. With Podemos, there is a tension between the distributed leaderships and the strong central leadership of Pablo Iglesias from Podemos. Millions of people have used the Internet worldwide to go out to the streets to demonstrate. Limits of technopolitics: making-decisions, synthesise. Podemos articulates, through Reddit and Appgree, spaces and platforms where to copse the feelings, ideas, etc. of the different participants, a space not only for information but for deliberation. Same with DemocracyOS in the case of Guanyem. 3 layers:

Movements pre and post 15M. Networks of metropolitan counterpowers. Territory and communication devices of Podemos.

Antonio Ruíz (AppGree)Posibilidades y potencialidades de Appgree para un uso social y político AppGree is an application to communicate and deliberate online. The problem with the broadcasting model is that is does very poorly managing (or understanding) feedback. DemoRank is the PageRank for the backchannel of the Internet: it tries to make sense of what is being said and by whom. It ranks the number and kind of proposals, the size of the group, etc. This ranking is iterated until an agreement or a solution is found. After a proposal is selected, it is made available to the whole group so that the whole group can evaluate it. After all, the result is that sampling the proposals and presenting them to the potential voters, one can achieve highest levels of precision without implying massive voting (massive as in many people and massive as in voting many many times). Thus, it really simplifies the steps to form one’s opinion and, over all, to make simple choices among complex issues. Sergio Salgado (Partido X)Experience in networked practices in the 15MpaRato and Partido X. The network is a kind of organization that uses the Internet and other ICT tools to leverage its power, but also that learns a lot from the Internet and other similar practices. The core is how to put up democratic production practices while being effective and efficient. The 15M is a factory that builds prototypes, devices to democratize politics. What tools? Is there a fetishism on certain tools? Certainly: there is no tool to solve all organizational problems. There is a toolbox whose tools can be applied here and there, most of the times combined and put to the service of many other efforts. Usually, first comes the community, then the needs and, last, the community: rarely the other way round. And this community is always open: only openness provides the necessary requisites for a community to articulate, for contributions to be enabled. Networked democratic production (vs. industrial democracy) is based on netiquette, on certain protocols that people agree upon and use to articulate their interactions and exchanges. It is important to always have in mind scalability: work for the short term, but thinking ahead. Setting up the protocols, processes, devices that will be used for a specific goal but with the aim to reuse them, to transform the status quo, to break the actual balances and thus disclose new spaces upon which to advance. If information flows naturally, most decision-making processes become unnecessary. Many times, voting is failure: there is someone that will be defeated. Thus, instead of voting it is better to fork the project, to allow for other projects to grow organically. Discussion Sergio Salgado: what is the role of #OccupyCentral? Javier Toret: after October 15th, the camp that last longer was #OccupyCentral’s, but it quickly fade. Later, the name was recovered but its nature was actually very different. Sergio Salgado: do people that participate in Appgree then do not participate in other platforms? Antonio Ruiz: as a backchannel, it does not compete with other communication channels, but as a complement: it is a channel that does not broadcast information, but collects the feedback and serves it to the users. Q: did Partido X tried to control all breaches while Podemos went more like a beta-test way? Javier Toret: there is a tension between two kinds of hegemonies, one more decentralized, another one more centralized, but the productivity will come when this tension becomes a productive tension, a new way of doing things that takes the best of both worlds. Pablo Aragón: what about opening up the code and the algorithm in Appgree? Antonio Ruiz: there is a commitment to do it if the collaboration with Podemos goes on. This post originally published at ICT4D Blog as Tecnopolítica14 (III). Javier Toret, Antonio Ruiz & Sergio Salgado: limits and potentials of technopolitical practicesThe post Tecnopolítica14 (III). Javier Toret, Antonio Ruiz & Sergio Salgado: limits and potentials of technopolitical practices appeared first on ICT4D Blog.

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