I have many many ideas about how our information world can be improved. I need to be a bit more forward in advancing those ideas. How about this?
Civic data backed by reputation management systems can bridge the gap between short news cycles and university training by generating longitudinal interest across groups with different levels of expertise. The technology exists today, but neither private companies nor municipalities are effective. This needs a philanthropic push.
I have been informed by a reader that Jeff Bezos is interested in thinking of ways to make some philanthropic good happen. My big ideas, XRepublic and Box Tag are part of this arena. Certainly XRepublic is, but I figured I can make money with Box Tag. Either way, some of the ideas of XRepublic can be used under the heading of longitudinal data journalism. So I've put together this mashup video with the specific intent of getting the attention of the folks who work with Bezos.
Again, the point here is to emphasize the simple fact that very little or none of our social media generated by big media players provide tools that facilitate collaboration for civic purposes. It's a huge and obvious hole into which not enough thought has gone.
I said 'blockchain' at the end of this to emphasize what Clay Shirky has made clear. There is a lot of surplus cognitive ability in humanity that can be 'monetized'. The point is not to monetize so much as to understand that even though there are no business models today that we understand could underpin the development of these systems, that in the future there can be. I am not aware of who funds non-profit organizations who would provide data to serve the public in this way. Meanwhile data markets are conceivably funded by 'initial coin offerings'. I am not comfortable wading in those speculative waters. I'd rather follow a coherent vision, and I'm not sure that can be crowdfunded or run by VCs.
As I think of parallel and complimentary ideas, I will update this post.