Blog /blog RSS Feed of Tactical Technology Collective Blog, Notes on Data and Design en If everything is a network, nothing is a network /blog/if-everything-network-nothing-network <div class="field field-type-text-with-summary"> <p>How the simplistic network diagram came to dominate our imagination and why we shouldn’t blindly go with the flow.</p> </div> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:38:28 +0000 gabi 739 at Data in development, human rights and HIV/AIDS /blog/data-development-human-rights-and-hivaids <div class="field field-type-text-with-summary"> <p>Big, small, open and citizen-generated data are seen as important tools in achieving the 17 global goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015 for its sustainable development agenda. Activist and researcher from the development community, Melissa Ditmore, was at the UN summit and reflects on the implications for data in development for people affected by HIV/AIDS and in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights</p> </div> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:57:18 +0000 Maya Indira Ganesh 738 at Materialising 'online objects' /blog/materialising-online-objects <div class="field field-type-text-with-summary"> <p>The mental models of computing that we have are hazy, and sometimes downright misleading. We did a workshop to learn about materialisation as a practice to work through the metaphors we use to talk about digital technologies</p> </div> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 13:39:35 +0000 Maya Indira Ganesh 737 at Visualising #Prejudice: Tracking casual homophobia in real time /blog/nohomophobes <div class="field field-type-text-with-summary"> <h3>By Gabi Sobliye, May 17 2015</h3> <p>In the coming months we will post a series of posts under the title <em>Anatomy of a Data Visualisation</em> where we intend to dissect visualisations that we think are either innovative or offer fresh insights into the world of visualising information for advocacy. </p> </div> <div class="field field-type-taxonomy-term-reference"> <label>Tags</label> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/social-media" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">social media</a></div> <div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/twitter" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">twitter</a></div> <div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/homophobia" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">homophobia</a></div> <div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/visualisation" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">visualisation</a></div> <div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/visualization" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">visualization</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 12 May 2015 13:18:57 +0000 gabi 736 at Dancing to the drums of the Islamic State - Arabs mock IS /blog/dancing-drums-islamic-state-arabs-mock <div class="field field-type-text-with-summary"> <p>Despite the geographical proximity and the immediate threats of the Islamic State (IS), Arab youth and artists are using humour and satire as acts of popular resistance and retaliation against IS' manipulation of Muslim and Arab culture(s). These take the forms of musical remixes of IS anthems, short parody sketches, dubbed scenes from movies and original works. Such work is important for its courage, creativity and humour; and for how they mount counter-narratives to IS's propaganda. They're also a proof of how it is possible to use humour and satire without falling into racist and/or Islamophobic discourses. An example of freedoms of expression and speech put in practice signaling out perpetrators of crimes without stigmatising entire cultures and religions.</p> </div> Mon, 04 May 2015 10:23:59 +0000 leil 735 at "Leave your potatoes at home" : working with marginalised communities on using data and tech in advocacy /blog/leave-your-potatoes-home-working-marginalised-communities-using-data-and-tech-advocacy <div class="field field-type-text-with-summary"> <p>Data about marginal and poor communities is often collected by those in positions of relatively greater power. What happens when a community of Cambodian sex workers starts using digital technologies and learns about how data can be used in advocacy?</p> </div> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:02:49 +0000 Maya Indira Ganesh 734 at Data Traffic /blog/data-traffic <div class="field field-type-text-with-summary"> <p>A distinctive aspect of trafficking is that data about how many people are actually trafficked around the world are highly contested. These contested and contentious statistics form the basis of policy, which have serious implications for sex-workers and trafficked people, and shape perceptions about them.</p> </div> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:05:48 +0000 Maya Indira Ganesh 733 at Should Schools Be Closed? Learning from Schooloscope, an OpenData post-mortem /blog/should-schools-be-closed-learning-schooloscope-opendata-post-mortem <div class="field field-type-text-with-summary"> <h3>By <a href="" target="_blank">Mushon Zer-Aviv</a>, October 27, 2014</h3> <p>Since I first laid my cursor on it intrigued me as an exceptional case in the world of open data and information design. The chain of events that led to the site’s termination is an important story, which I believe should be chronicled and told.</p> <p><img alt="" class="Image img__fid__2189 img__view_mode__media_original media-image" src="/sites/" /></p> </div> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:57:13 +0000 gabi 714 at A small list about big data /blog/small-list-about-big-data <div class="field field-type-text-with-summary"> <h3>By Maya Indira Ganesh and Morana Miljanovic, 15 October 2014</h3> <p> Many activists and advocacy groups we talk to are not entirely sure why they should care about big data. What does it mean for our community?</p> <p>Academics, think tanks, journalists and bureaucrats have been writing a lot about it. We also started finding and sharing the work of writers, artists and cultural producers who use their practice to represent and comment on what it means to live in such data-dense times. </p> </div> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:22:31 +0000 Maya Indira Ganesh 713 at Some Marginal Notes About The Dark Sides Of Data /blog/some-marginal-notes-about-dark-sides-data <div class="field field-type-text-with-summary"> <p>“A peculiar thing have happened to me: I suddenly forgot what comes first - 7 or 8?” Danili Khrams, Sonnet</p> <p>I like going to live performances; and I have noticed something that has became the norm nowadays: people waving hundreds of mobile devices in raised hands recording anything, anytime, anywhere.</p> </div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:54:50 +0000 gabi 670 at