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Les contradictions de l’open data

Les contradictions de l’open data | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it
« Les ministères gagneront à la libération des données publiques »...

Via Camille Pène, luiy
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Les débats de l’open data se concentrent sur les conditions de réutilisation des données publiques (informations météo, trafic, démographie). Gratuites ? Gratuites sous conditions ? Payantes si elles ont fait l’objet d’un investissement ? La complexité de ces questions tient surtout au manque d’homogénéité des parties prenantes. A priori, les lignes sont claires. D’un côté, l’administration, détentrice de l’information. De l’autre, les consommateurs : sociétés privées, chercheurs, citoyens. Au centre, les promoteurs de cette libération : la sphère politique, et en particulier le gouvernement. Chacun de ces acteurs affiche cependant en son sein des positions et des intérêts souvent divergents.



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Trust and Complex Technology: The Cyborg’s Modern Bargain » Cyborgology

Trust and Complex Technology: The Cyborg’s Modern Bargain » Cyborgology | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it

In this essay, I want to continue the discussion about our relationship with the technology we use. Adapting and extending Anthony Giddens’ Consequences of Modernity, I will argue that an essential part of the cyborganic transformation we experience when we equip Modern, sophisticated technology is deeply tied to trust in expert systems. It is no longer feasible to fully comprehend the inner workings of the innumerable devices that we depend on; rather, we are forced to trust that the institutions that deliver these devices to us have designed, tested, and maintained the devices properly. This bargain—trading certainty for convenience—however, means that the Modern cyborg finds herself ever more deeply integrated into the social circuit. In fact, the cyborg’s connection to technology makes her increasingly socially dependent because the technological facets of her being require expert knowledge from others.

Via proto-e-co-logics, luiy, Ben van Lier
luiy's curator insight, February 8, 2013 6:31 PM

Cyborgs always see the social in the technological; the “technology is neutral” trope is a laugh line.


Nowhere are mutual trust and co-dependency more apparent than with social media. Few of us have any clue how the Internet’s infrastructure delivers our digital representations across the world in an instant. This lack of knowledge means simply that we must trust that platforms such as Facebook or Google are delivering information accurately. As the Turing test has demonstrated, computers can easily fool us into believing we are communicating with someone who is not present or who does not even exist, if the system allows. Moreover, on platforms such as Facebook, we also must trust the system to enforce a norm of honesty. If we cannot trust that other users are honestly representing themselves, we become unsure of how to respond. Honesty and accuracy of information are preconditions to participation. And because, as individuals, we lack the capacity to ensure either, we must place our trust in experts. We users do not understandthe mechanics of Facebook, we simply accept it as reality; that is to say, Facebook is made possible through widespread suspension of disbelief. Thus, use social media is a commitment to pursuit the benefits of participation, despite the risk that we could be fooled or otherwise taken advantage of. Facebook is not merely social because it involves mutual interaction, it is social because trust in society’s expert systems is a precondition to any such interaction.