Networked Urbanism

A primer on data and the city with Tracey Lauriault

Tracey Lauriault provides a dynamic introduction to the relationship between data and the city at the Future Cities Forum. This talk delves into the social and technological infrastructure and frames a new more open and democratic version of a data centered city.

Tracey Lauriault is an Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data in the Faculty of the Institute for Data Science at Carleton University. She has done extensive research on open data, big data and ‘smart cities’. Lauriault has been fundamental to the development of critical data studies in Canada and internationally, founding Open Smart Cities as part of the OpenNorth “a data and technology governance approach shaping how Canadian cities roll out their ‘smart’ programs.”

Lauriault is an expert in data infrastructures, spatial media and smart cities with a particular focus on the way social and technological infrastructures are entangled as well as how these entanglements structure, automate and govern our every day lives.

Click here for Tracey Lauriault Carleton Profile

OpenNorth

https://opennorth.ca/

Open Smart Cities Forum

https://cfe.ryerson.ca/key-resources/initiatives/toronto-open-smart-cities-forum

Future Cities Forum
February 23rd, 2018 Ottawa, Canada
Presented by Artengine and Impact Hub Ottawa in partnership with the National Capital Commission Urbanism Lab

Organizing Creative Labour

Tim Maughan chats with us about digital infrastructure, the role of organized labour in the creative landscape and the DEL project Artwork_Local404. We talk about technology and capitalism and consider what part of an artist’s work could be organized, how this would affect their well-being and what form collective action might take. Maughan also talks about how we need to rethink many of the platforms of tools of the digital world as public infrastructure and this may change how we understand what the government could do with them.

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$ Value and Values

Join us as Macy Siu gives us the lowdown on another development from the Digital Economies Lab – the Offer/Need Machine. In an era where the gig economy has monetized every informal network from ride sharing to pet sitting, the Offer/Need Machine proposes a network of decentralized reciprocity. Pay close attention to when Siu explains the need for an anti-capitalist model and more-than-human design.

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Futures Imagined

Developed in our Digital Economies Lab, An Artist’s Almanac is Suzanne Kite’s dive into artist solidarity through exchange and sharing. Kite discussed how she began from the DEL’s central focus on fostering artistic prosperity, and expanded toward questions about whether existing resources are going where they are needed most. Through her work on the project she builds a network of collaborators and fosters dreaming and imagining workshops as a path toward a better future.

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FUTURE CITIES FORUM