Urban@UW individual questions

1. How would you define the question/ challenge/ focus in a manner that you find compelling?

Privacy has been defined by different groups indifferent ways. Often times the best way to protect personal privacy rights is to empower people to have greater control over what data is shared. Policy makers need to think broadly and specifically about the unintended consequences of data collection, not just how valuable it can be to special interests. Supporting privacy initiatives is often something that can turn into government transparency, accountability, and trust. Seattle could exclusively adopt free software solutions when deploying technology that interfaces with the public.

Two related points:

White House Commits to Open Access, Open Education and Open data in New Open Government Plan

Emerging threats for lawyers and human rights defenders: surveillance on massive scale in real time

Concerns from others in the group:

— Justice?
— Democratizing data?
— Supporting an advocacy agenda?
— Access? Affordability? Income barriers? How to keep people out of the criminal justice system?
— What is the overarching process for developing questions about data?
— Is the data driving the questions, instead of the questions driving the data? Who owns the data?
— Who gets to frame the questions? Who gets to think about how the data is used?
— Public vs private sector influence?

2. What is the most important need or area of impact that we could have addressing this challenge?

3. What is needed to address this challenge and what are the gaps to fulfilling this need?

4. What has failed in the past, and why?

5. What risks are there?

6. Who else should be involved?

7. What’s missing from this challenge, as you see it?