The Tactical Technology Collective, aka Tactical Tech, has been at the forefront of training and promotion of tech tools for not only journalists but also rights advocates all over the planet for well over a decade. How do they do it? What does their work include? Today on the program we have the voices that can help explain it all…
Coming up… a conversation with Allistair Alexander, director of publishing and production (fresh from the Paris Climate Talks), we will also hear from those who use the tools to spark change as part of TT’s Exposing The Invisible film series, Before all that, we begin today by listening to co-founders Marek Tuszynski and Stephanie Hankey, experts from their recent talk at the Elevate Festival in Graz entitled “The Politics of Data in Quantified Society”. Don’t be fooled by the title, this is a conversation that goes beyond the activists and the journalists, today’s program, at its core, comes back to you and me and the devices, apps, and services that we use everyday.
Open Data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.
Walter Palmetshofer from the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany shows us which great things can be done with Open Data.
About Open Data:
“Ensuring interoperability is particularly important because it allows for different datasets to be conjoined, thus building new, more complex datasets and revealing more insights” (Open Knowledge Foundation, cited in Kitchin, 2014:52).
Open Knowledge Foundation Germany: http://okfn.de/
In 2015 there is no doubt left that journalists and journalism in general, need specialized tools to help them do their work effectively, efficiently, and safely. The problem is that sometimes being a good writer or investigator does not always mean you understand what technology you should or could be using. This gap is one that many individuals who have one foot in journalism and the other in programming are busy trying to bridge. To open up lines of communication and educate journalists on what tools are available while informing those on the technical side about what journalists need.
That, in short, is part of what has inspired today’s guest on the podcast, programmer and data journalist Annabel Church. Her mission, to help make tools for journalists. A quest that brought her all the way from New Zealand to Berlin with some interesting stops along the way. On today’s program we hear from Annabel in the hallway at 31C3, on one of the final days of 2014.