Measuring the Effectiveness of Social Distancing Policies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago, the Atlas research group started to apply their geolocation data and methods to analyze the effectiveness of the social distancing policies adopted in the New York metropolitan area in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zoom’s new privacy policy

Doc Searls

Yesterday (March 29), Zoom put up a major rewrite to its privacy policy. I’ll dig more deeply into the policy today (with the help of friends and colleagues who are expert in this kind of thing), and update this post as I find out more.


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Social Media Policy?

Clark Quinn

So what’s your social media policy? In fact, such a policy really is part of your personal knowledge mastery. It’s not something you should do lightly, or haphazardly, it seems to me. While your systems may vary, your results should be sources for you to find information, present yourself in your various communities, and to share your thoughts. Let’s do this by platform. Facebook, is for me, the place I be me. Clark Quinn, not Quinnovation.

AI and Public Policy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report is organized into three main sections: Section I described the key research trends influencing AI’s future; Section II examined the key economic sectors that are most likely to be impacted by AI; and Section III looked into issues surrounding AI and public policy. I now would like to turn my attention to Section III: Prospects and Recommendations for AI Public Policy.

Clinton's tech policy in five tweets

David Weinberger

Hillary Clinton’s tech policy is progressive. Her policy brief , however, is long and detailed. So I decided to try to reduce the policy down to a more manageable scale, starting with a bumpersticker and working my way up. The post Clinton's tech policy in five tweets appeared first on Joho the Blog

High School Leads with New Grading Policy

Nine Shift

A high school in Idaho is leading the way with a new grading policy. Of course the school board and school officials are meeting resistance from students and parents who have no idea about the research and evidence. But that's ok. Someone has to lead, to try, to fail before new grading finally wins for everyone in society. Here's the story. Rocky Mountain Principal Mike Hirano said the school already had the gears in motion to make these changes.

HTLGI2013 Quack Policy

Dave Snowden

There is a lot of nonsense in so called evidence based policy but it will be be countered by libertarian (my judgement) nonsense in response. Looking at one piece of evidence based policy. Minimum alcohol pricing is considered as a perfect example of evidence based policy. Common appraoch in policy arguments. Sheffield forgot about the costs of the policy. Is there no place for morality based policy?

What the Internet actually is: A reminder for policy-makers

David Weinberger

MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice, and Learning

George Siemens

We are now less than two weeks away from our MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice, and Learning conference. Registration is still open. The conference will showcase successful grantees from the MOOC Research Initiative, as well as numerous panels addressing challenges around planning, designing, and running MOOCs. The full schedule is now available

Open Symposium: Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment

George Siemens

We ( SoLAR ) are organizing an online symposium on Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment. A short intro video to the goal of the symposium: From the symposium description: While research in learning analytics has advanced, limited attention has been paid to the larger policy and strategy considerations that influence the adoption and deployment of analytics in educational settings.

Internet policy, domestic and international

David Weinberger

Even as the FCC is holding hearings about the value of an open Internet , Secretary Hillary Clinton is preparing a “ major policy address on Internet Freedom &# to be delivered on Jan. Maybe her statement will provide some framing the FCC could use — it’d be awkward if our international Internet policy were more progressive than our domestic policy…not to mention Google’s international policy.

“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Or, do we also need social policies to promote job creation and assist workers who’ve lost their jobs? One of the Foreign Affairs articles, - The Next Safety Net: Social Policy for a Digital Age by Nicolas Colin and Bruno Palier , - offers some answers to these questions. “As Social policy will therefore have to cover the needs of not just those outside the labor market but even many inside it.

People Policy at IDEO

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

John Foster describes human resources at IDEO during the Future of Talent Retreat at Asilomar.

For privacy we need tech more than policy

Doc Searls

Yet for some reason many of us see personal privacy as a grace of policy. It’s like, “The answer is policy. Both call for policy. Also, to be clear, my argument here is not against policy, but for tech development. Without the tech and the norms it makes possible, we can’t have fully enlightened policy. Nature and the Internet both came without privacy.

Wikipedia’s bio policy explained

David Weinberger

Billy Barnes explains what’s really going on with Wikipedia’s new process for editing the biographies of living people. What the media reported: In response to vandalism of bios, Wikipedia is not allowing any edits to bios of living people to be posted before they have been reviewed by trusted editors. Implication: Wikipedia has failed at its mission of completely open, ungoverned editing [which of course isn't Wikipedia's mission].).

Insights into effective social media policies

Trends in the Living Networks

Last week I was part of a panel on the SkyBusiness Technology Behind Business program discussing corporate social media policies, comprised of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Adrienne Unkovitch of Workplace Guardian, and myself. Example of Commonwealth Bank which introduced social media policies that impinged on staff’s personal rights, and quickly reversed them based on the response. Social media policy is not different from HR or other policies.

[berkman] Karim Lakhani on disclosure policies and innovation

David Weinberger

Karim Lakhani of Harvard Business School (and a Berkman associate, and a member of the Harvard Institute for Quantititative Social Science ) is giving a talk called “How disclosure policies impact search in open innovation, atopic he has researched with Kevin Boudreau of the London Business School.

EFF explains Twitter’s new take-down policy

David Weinberger

There’s a good explainer by Eva Galperin of Twitter’s new policy on censoring tweets within countries that demand it, At BoingBoing, Xeni Jardin points to one particularly relevant fact: this applies to countries whwere Twitter is establishing physical offices

Corporate Social Media Policies

Tony Karrer

I've posted before a list of Corporate Policies on Web 2.0 Corporate Access that shows that a significant number of corporate policies are to shut down access to the tools. There's a very interesting set of questions in the post Happy New Year! AND do you have opinions about social media governance? This is by an IBM employee, Jen Okimoto, who works in the domain of Web 2.0 and is asking about a very important issue.

Corporate Policies on Web 2.0

Tony Karrer

use of Web 2.0 / social media for work and learning) is that organizations often have not established their policies or guidelines around the use of these tools. Companies need a policy. I think IBM's policy is a pretty good starting point: IBM Social Computing Guidelines Other company policies or discussions of guidelines I've seen around blogging, social media, web 2.0: Is it worth our time to try to push for getting a policy established

Verizon’s Director of Internet Policy: Stay the course

David Weinberger

Paul Brigner, Executive Director of Internet and Technology Policy at Verizon, says what he would tell the Broadband Strategy Initiative: Build on our this country’s current success providing access to the Internet. Do no harm (= beware of Net Neutrality). And question the research that shows that America has fallen behind other countries in the ubiquity, price, and speed of broadband. More at Broadband Strategy Week

How Fun and Creativity Can Shape Your Own Social Computing Guidelines and Policy

Luis Suarez

I remember the day when IBM was first facing that very same issue , on whether to put together a social computing policy and guidelines or not. At the time, May 2005 , it was rather refreshing to see how instead of the company trying to figure it out by itself, on its own, it decided to rely on a group of prolific bloggers to come to the rescue and eventually put that policy on a wiki page over the course of two weeks.

The psychophysics of policy positions

Mind Hacks

My way of testing and tracking the difference in the stated policy positions of the parties would work like this: you take a standard public expression of party positions (election manifestos?) and sample policy statements (size of sample to be decided, somewhere between individual sentences and paragraphs). My psychophysics approach tests directly the ability of voters to discriminate between stated policy positions.

Make policies, not deals

David Weinberger

But our real concern should be about deals substituting for policy. Policies result from decision-making processes by an institution that does not directly benefit or suffer from the outcome; those who do are supposed to recuse themselves. Policies are the same for all concerned. ” Policies aim at predictability. Because policies apply more broadly, they are not predicated on individual weaknesses, although the tactics used for achieving policy objectives might.

Party tech policies

David Weinberger

Clinton policy page home page. Clinton Tech and Innovation policy. Trump policy home page. Trump’s Tech and Innovation policy. I did a Google search on “ technology” and likewise for innovation and couldn’t find a tech policy on his site, although he does support the GOP platform which mentions innovation:

Communities of practice: Linking knowledge, policy and practice

Nancy White

Communities of practice: Linking knowledge, policy and practice – is a paper that Simon Hearn from the Overseas Development Institute and I have been puttering on for quite some months. More effective bridges between knowledge, policy and practice are needed, with communities of practice (CoPs) well positioned to do just that. Communities of Practice: linking knowledge, policy and practice PDF.

First comprehensive global study of broadband says USA is kept behind by closed access policies

David Weinberger

The second responds to the question: “what policies and practices worked for countries that have done well?&# , and the answer to that is: there is good evidence to support the proposition that a family of policies called “open access,&# that encourage competition, played an important role. The Berkman Center’s study of broadband around the world finds pretty clear correlation between successful broadband access and openness.

Going #Faceless

Doc Searls

Fifth is to develop the policies we need to stop the spread of privacy-violating technologies and practices, and to foster development of technologies that enlarge our agency in the digital world—and not just to address the wrongs being committed against us.

Some context on privacy

Doc Searls

privacy+policy : 3,400,000,000 results. “privacy policy&# : 837,000,000 results. So if you’re looking for something about privacy that’s not a site with a privacy policy, you’re also looking at a high haystack/needle ratio. Business Research Strange stuff Technology VRM problems policy privacy privacy policy searchSearches: privacy : 1,390,000,000.

How the Head of UNDP Uses Twitter To Engage Around Development Policy Goals

Beth Kanter

As global attention turns to the World Economic Forum in Davos later this January, the +SocialGood community invited experts, leaders, innovators, UN and government representatives, and civil society and people like me– to participate in a one-day global conversation on social media channels yesterday, January 14, 2014. With one week less to go before Davis, the goal of this online convening was to raise awareness, drive action and share best practices about the global policy agenda.

The Internet inside the enterprise: We don't have it, and we need it

Dion Hinchcliffe

Apps Cloud Priorities Leadership IT Policies Software Servers Networking IT Priorities Enterprise Software Emerging Tech Data Management Data Centers Consumerization Cloud Big Data Innovation It''s no longer fashionable to criticize enterprise IT as it once was. That''s because the Internet has definitively won the competition and is leading the way in tech innovation. But for proactive organizations, it doesn''t have to be that way.

Policy Change for the Better: Eligibility Requirements for Accommodations on the SAT

Eide Neurolearning

Until recently, college-bound students with learning difficulties faced a huge obstacle qualifying for accommodations for the SAT (much better for the ACT - so we generally recommended students choose that test over the SAT, all other issues being equal).

Hillary Clinton’s Internet policy speech

David Weinberger

“Information freedom&# is not just good policy, but it’s a universal value and good for business. First, my overall reaction to Hillary Clinton’s speech: It’s thrilling that a Secretary of State would claim “freedom to connect&# as a basic human right. That’s a very bit stake in the ground. Likewise, it’s sort of amazing that the State Department is funding the development of tools to help users circumvent government restrictions on access.

Can one really co-create with war criminals?

Adaptive Path

As an advocate of design participation in nontraditional design areas, I was glad to hear about (but bummed I didn’t attend) the Glen Cove Conference on Strategic Design and Public Policy (my former professor, Richard Buchanan, apparently participated). If you’re interested in the role of design in public policy, take a look through the conference writeup by Lucy Kimbell. Tags: Interaction Design Service Design public policy strategy

International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change

Beth Kanter

Not every student in my class is focused on the same policy issue. It includes international trade and development, security, micro-finance, LBGT rights, renewable energy advocacy, water policy, security, human rights for indigenous people, terrorism financing, refugee protection policies and rights, law enforcement, trafficking, peace in conflict areas, and poverty reduction. Citizen Digital Engagement in Policy Discussions and Action.

Does giving teachers bonuses improve student performance.

Dan Pink

One of the hottest ideas in education policy these days is tying teacher pay to student performance on standardized tests. Here, from the paper’s abstract (and with italics added), are his key findings: “Financial incentives for teachers to increase student performance is an increasingly popular education policy around the world. It was fed by a policy that had nothing to do with education. Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter. About Dan. Speaking Engagements.

Medicare: Does Policy Trump Politics?

Nine Shift

The new infrastructure of the 21st century will gain political consensus. But did that consensus begin this week with Paul Ryan's new Medicare plan that includes saving the traditional federal plan? Health insurance, Medicare, trains, unions, taxes - - all are being fought over by politicians. But they will all be agreed upon by both Democrats and Republicans over the next decade or so.

Two Examples of Nonprofit Social Media That Will Make You Smile (and learn a best practice or two)

Beth Kanter

Social Media Policy Storytelling Strategy TipsRecently, my social media feeds have been anxiety producing, if not downright depressing. The parade of bad news: gun violence, hurricanes, earthquakes, nuclear war, fake news, and more. Unfortunately, if you work in digital strategy and social media, monitoring social is a daily task and as a result a bad mood has become an occupational hazard. What to do? Quit Facebook or other social media?

Harold Jarche » “Climate change is the result of a massive market failure” – LB

Harold Jarche

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The (slightly) surprising truth about family-friendly workplaces.

Dan Pink

The (slightly) surprising truth about family-friendly workplaces Do family-friendly policies like childcare subsidies and job sharing increase productivity and profits? It has had this policy for quite sometime. So, if women are also more likely to implement FF policies, that makes it pretty clear what one should look for in one’s next employer! Comment Policy: First time comments are moderated. Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter. About Dan.

Notes About Mobile, Digital Trends, and Social Media Leadership from Knight Digital Media Center Workshop

Beth Kanter

There were 2o people in the dining party, and AppleBee’s policy is to add the 18% tip automatically to any parties over 6. The bill was divided up and Alois Bell wrote on her receipt, “I give God 10% why do you get 18%?” Mobile Organizational Culture social media policy Training Design Last week I was in Chicago to facilitate a session as part of Knight Digital Media Center’s Digital Strategy for Community Foundations and Nonprofits workshop.

Steven Berlin Johnson « | Main | » Theres a great letter to the editor in the Times today that asks a question that hadnt occurred to me before: what exactly is the Secret Services policy on hunting? I mean, they go to the most extraordinary measures to protect the life of the President and Vice President, but they still let Cheney roam out into the woods with a bunch of senior citizens armed with loaded weapons?

Understanding the Impact of Cybersecurity on International Trade

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a recent paper, Framework for Understanding Cybersecurity Impacts on International Trade , MIT professors Stuart Madnick and Simon Johnson and research scientist Keman Huang said that cybersecurity concerns have become a key issue for international trade policy.