Tag: transparency

by Miguel Paz

A week after Poderopedia launched its public beta, the response it’s been getting has been huge. So far, close to 800 users have registered on the website; it’s receiving an average of 26 new facts and connections per day; there are request to create local Poderopedia chapters from people in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, […] more »

by Miguel Paz

That’s right: The world did not end when we launched Poderopedia’s Public Beta this Wednesday at 12:12 p.m. in the Chile time zone. So please come in, check out the menu, and grab a bite of our editorial and crowdsourced data journalism website that uses public data, semantic web technology, and network visualizations to map […] more »

by Miguel Paz

The last months for the Poderopedia team have been full of learning, making mistakes, correcting them, and learning again in a never-ending iteration process. In the beginning of November, we started our private beta testing with friends and family, fixing bugs and updating the platform in order to release our public beta in December. When […] more »

by Alvaro Graves

One of the first technological decisions we made in Poderopedia, a project by Poderomedia Foundation that aims to promote greater transparency in Chile by mapping and visualizing the relationships among the country’s elite, was to adopt semantic technologies to store and query data. These technologies allow us to represent a diverse set of relations between […] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

Hundreds of delegates from government, civil society, and business gathered in Brasilia recently for the first [Open Government Partnership meetings](http://www.opengovpartnership.org/Brasilia2012) since the inception of this initiative. Transparency, accountability, and open data as fundamental building blocks of a new, open form of government were the main issues debated. With the advent of these meetings, we took […] more »

by David Cohn

Spot.Us launched in November of 2008, making this our three-year anniversary. Counting the months of planning (and applying for the Knight News Challenge) that went into the launch, I’ve been working on Spot.Us, a journalism crowdfunding project, for almost four years. In that time, we’ve pushed boundaries, and have had many successes and shortcomings which […] more »

by Miguel Paz

In December 2008, almost a year before Sebastián Piñera was elected president of Chile, the millionaire businessman and politician got together with his closest friends for a small birthday party in his investment headquarters in upper Santiago. This tight group, which the media has dubbed “Piñera’s business West Wing,” was composed of Piñera’s brother Pablo, […] more »

by Ari Olmos

In Western countries, we take it for granted that we have access to clean water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At our fingertips is water that is plentiful enough to run our washing machines, warm enough for a hot shower, and safe enough to drink. In much of the developing world, however, […] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

Jonathan Stray has opened a new conversation about measuring accuracy in news reports. Stray, who works at the Associated Press and blogs on the side, comes at the issue with a refreshingly analytical, data-driven perspective. His in-depth post, which I urge you to read, does a couple of things. It summarizes important research: There seems […] more »

by Val Wang

One of the first questions people ask when I tell them about our project, Order in the Court 2.0, to live-stream court proceedings is, “Is there a way to turn the camera off?” They must imagine a camera bolted to the wall, gobbling up images of domestic violence victims and child sex offenders with no […] more »