I’ve experienced countless interactions with well-intended folks from lots of social areas and academic disciplines who are working on digital improvements that they securely believe can be used to address shared cultural challenges. Some of these methods – such as ways to use aggregated open public data – are big investments in unproven hypotheses, namely that making use of this data resources shall improve public service delivery.
When I ask these people for evidence to aid their hypothesis, they look at me funny. It really is got by me, their underlying hypothesis that better use of information will lead to better results seems so straightforward, why would anyone ask for evidence? Actually, this assumption is so common we’re not only not questioning it, we’re disregarding countervailing evidence. We have to flip our assumptions about applying data and digital analysis to cultural problems. There’s no excuse for carrying on to act like inserting software into a broken system will fix the machine, it’s much more likely to break it even further.
Rather than assume algorithms will produce better final results and hope they don’t really accelerate discrimination we should assume they will be discriminatory and inequitable UNLESS designed specifically to redress these issues. This means different software code, different data sets, and simultaneous attention to structures for redress, remediation, and revision. Quite simply, every advancement for open public (all?) services should be created for the real world – which is one in which power dynamics, prejudices, and inequities are part of the operational system into which the algorithms will be presented.
This assumption should notify how the software itself is written (with steps in the spot to look for and remediate biases and amplification of them) as well as the structural guardrails encircling the data and software. By this I mean applying new organizational procedures to monitor the discriminatory and dangerous ways the program is working and the applying systems for revision, redress, and remediation.
If these interpersonal and organizational can’t be built, then your technological innovation must not be used – if it exacerbates inequity, it’s not a sociable improvement. Better design of our software for interpersonal problems entails factoring in the existing systemic and structural biases and directly seeking to redress them, rather than assuming that the analytic tools on its own will produce more just results. There is absolutely no “clean room” for sociable innovation – it requires putting in place the inequitable, unfair, discriminatory world of real people. No algorithm, machine learning application, or plan innovation alone will counter that the operational system and its own past time to keep pretending they’ll. It is time to stop being sorry for or surprised by the ways our digital data-driven tools aren’t improving social challenges and start designing them in that real way that they stand a chance.
The outer western gets heaps more growth (at least that is exactly what the plan says). So can be we back to investment following people (voters) who may not necessarily pay for all of that investment, and investment not necessarily following the spatial plan? Where is the amount of money coming from? The fact that investment in infrastructure comes after the people as opposed to the plan may just reflect the futility of programs and planners.
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But it may also reflect the fact that people’s casing, transportation, and related choices are shaped by the bonuses and costs that they face. Give them infrastructure that they do not have to pay for directly, and they shall head off in every sorts of directions, realizing that the infrastructure will observe them.
The financial strategy mentions a far more ‘growth will pay’ type method of funding. Petrol taxes and targeted rates are discovered. I think they are positive, albeit tentative, steps to leveling the playing field between growth and intensification. The realm of value uplift capture taxes or charges (which may require legislative changes) is not explored. But the discussion is about how to fund more infrastructure mostly, not control demand for infrastructure as well as how to shape locational options that will result in improved urban efficiencies, longer term.
For example, the petrol taxes are a blunt tool in terms of providing price signals about how exactly to use the transportation system. What is also not explored are the spatial replies from people facing a greater proportion of the costs of their locational choices. As transportation and infrastructure costs rise, then households have a tendency to move closer into the center to limit these costs.