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Government Experience Design: Open Source

This is the final post in a series of blog posts expanding on the four ideas I consider central to government experience design: transparency, listening, adaptability, and open source. In all four posts, I aim to provide concrete ideas for how governments can deliberately think about the experience that citizens have when interacting with them. Open Source Open source is ... Read More »

Government Experience Design: Adaptability

This is the third in a series of blog posts expanding on the four ideas I consider central to government experience design: transparency, listening, adaptability, and open-source. In all four posts, I aim to provide concrete ideas for how governments can “design” the experiences that their constituents have when interacting with them. Adaptability When one thinks about adaptability, there are ... Read More »

Government Experience Design: Listening

This is the second in a series of blog posts expanding on the four ideas I consider central to government experience design: transparency, listening, adaptability, and open-source. In all four posts, I aim to provide concrete ideas for how governments can use each of these items to respond to and engage citizens. Listening As someone who wears hearing aids, this is ... Read More »

Government Experience Design: Transparency

This article expands somewhat on each of the four points listed originally in positing the idea of government experience design: transparency, listening, adaptability, and open source. We aim to provide concrete ideas for how each of these items might be implemented within government to improve its ability to respond to and engage citizens. Defining Transparency What is transparency? According to Wikipedia1, Transparency, as used ... Read More »

When Copyright Met Privacy

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, I have broken copyright law and probably will do so again. I’ve made copies of books and articles–sometimes using the crude tools of the late 20th century (aka: the copy machine), and other times using far-easier tools like the “right click.” I’ve also copied “records” onto cassette tapes, burned CDs from store-bought ones, ... Read More »

DIY for CYA: Protecting Your Privacy

I never paid too much attention to online privacy until I read about the NSA Snowden revelations last summer. Since then, I’ve taken a peculiar interest in learning more about the considerations of ethics and notions of privacy for Internet users, and I’m thrilled that my IST 700 course covers a week’s worth of readings on this topic. In the midst of ... Read More »

Metadata, Power & Domination: NSA Surveillance as a Threat to Liberty

Edward Snowden may not have changed the world, but he did help confirm some things we already suspected about U.S. intelligence gathering. The National Security Administration (NSA) has been conducting sophisticated electronic surveillance for quite some time, under a variety of programs authorized after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Prior to Edward ... Read More »

Robot Spies Are Watching You

Robots create all new methods of direct surveillance. When thinking of direct surveillance the common thoughts are of James Bond style spy devices. Hi-tech spy equipment designed to infiltrate and transmit would fit the idea of a surveillance robot, but in reality our privacy is likely to be invaded in much more mundane ways. Regular household items such as toys ... Read More »