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Once again, the promise of a knowledge commons is best made evident in the disagreements and difficulties in determining who and how it should be managed

Undoing Optimization: Civic Action in Smart Cities

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Related to this I really like Powell's idea around "friction". This is part of her "undoing" of optimization. Messy data, missing information, conflicting accounts or ideas, is not always a bad thing. It can be these moments of uncertainty and friction that bring people together to discuss their city, and help build community resilience and work out a solution together. Powell argues for "minimum viable datafication" of the city - just enough to surface the things that matter to a populace, and ideally with the citizen data held as part of a stewarded knowledge commons.

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