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Christian Salmon : " Quand le roi est nu et le pouvoir impuissant, en quoi consiste l’exercice de l’Etat, le fait de gouverner, sinon à jouer de manière délibérée avec les apparences ?" Au risque de plomber la démocratie ? "La Cérémonie cannibale. De la performance politique", p. 13, 2013.

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The Brussels Civic Data Hack: Episode 1 #civictech #digityser #dataviz

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The Brussels Civic Data Hack: Episode 1

Why

Like nearly everywhere in Europe, Belgium is undergoing a crisis of trust between citizens and their legitimate institutions. Brussels and Wallonia, in particular, are having a bad year.
Scandals, corruption, lack of ability for the political parties to clean up their rank is pushing toward a narrative where the whole PS is corrupt for example, when in fact depending on the scandal, take for instance, CDH and MR are part of this system, even though PS is taking most of the heat thanks to the fact that it was in power in the last 25 years or so.

What if we could precisely visualise the data and spot possible conflict interests between institutions, public services, private business and political parties ?

What if we could explain the problem of the accumulation of mandates and their possible conflict of interest through some state of the art visualisation that can help anyone, without any related skill to form his own opinion on these issues ?

We believe we, ordinary citizens, can help. We wish to help by using data, open data in particular, to investigate problems for ourselves, and share our results with our fellow citizens so that they can used to draw factual stories about these scandals allowing citizens to have a better perception of the issues at stake hence able to make better choice in the next electoral round (2018-2019).

What

We wish to organise a small event called a civic hackathon. Everybody interested in a civic use of data and data science is welcome, without exception and with no skill requirements. It’s about gathering under one roof to work with data with a civic purpose in mind. It could be anything: applications tracking parliament activities; crunching and visualisation of societally relevant datasets; dreaming up infographics that would make a complex issue more accessible, and so on.

There is already a open-data movement in Belgium and civil society initiatives like Cumuleo to track mandates and maintain these information in the public sphere. We do not want to reinvent the wheel, so we want to invite you all and see what we can do together.

How

We envision two steps. In step 1, we gather together for a few hours to hash out some possible projects to develop in the hackathon proper: we make sure each project has the data it needs and a skeletal crew with all the skills to pull it off.

In step 2, two weeks or so later, we take one or two full days to actually develop projects.

The results of the different projects are presented to the whole group at the end of step 2. All code is released as open source. Processed data are published as open data wherever the license of the primary data allows it.

Who

Absolutely everyone is welcome. All you need to take part in a civic hackathon is a passion for all things civic. Every skill is needed. Among them (but there are others) are: software development, statistics, math, journalism, law, design, communication, storytelling. Female and minority participants (however you want to define “minority”) are particularly welcome.

We are Ricardoand Alberto. We commit to working the hardest, but welcome any help anyone can offer.

When

September?

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La crise politique belge continue et les réponses que la caste politique en place apporte sur la table sont tout sauf à la hauteur de la situation, c'est tout comme si entre bonne famille aristocrate, face à la déconvenue, celle ci organise un dinner de famille pour se départager les avoirs, les privilèges et les postes qui malgré tout continue d'être le socle sur lequel est assis les partis politiques francophone, sauf ECOLO et PTB et DEFI, tout les autres : PS, MR, CDH, devrait se ramasser une gifle monumentale en 2018, mais jusque là tout est permis, inclus s'arranger entre copains corrompus sur comment se réorganiser pour continuer ce cirque.

Je trouve toute cette situation tout bonnement insupportable, indigne, encré dans des schémas du siècle passé, confortablement assis sur l'autel de leur privilèges, ces gens sont entrain de s'organiser pour mieux se préserver, c'est inadmissible.

Il devrait tous ou en très grande partie être disqualifié, récusé, mandat terminé plus une punitions à vie d'exercer un mandat public. point.

Il est hallucinant de voir que dans le privé, un indépendant qui triche, qui fraude, ou qui commet une faute mineure paye celle ci mais que le monde politique peut tremper dans des multiples scandales, années après années et tout continue comme prévu, génération après génération, ça se recycle, ça change de visage, mais la structure persiste et continue d'exister. c'est hallucinant !!

Ce genre de liquéfaction de l'intégrité de la démocratie sont typiquement le genre de truc qui vont provoquer la montée d'un Trump ou d'une autre dérive, pire permettre à la dérive en cours de continuer à l'infini, sans jamais remettre carte sur table et se doter d'un système qui soit adapté aux besoins du monde d'aujourd'hui plutôt que dans l'adoration d'un système caduque qui permet la corruption, le clientélisme et autre dérive par dessein, comme on a eu pu le voir avec ou .

J'ai bien peur que rien ne change, sans une énorme pressions citoyenne, inexistante pour le moment.

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It's crazy how some websites (think Vimeo, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Google) do everything to HIDE their RSS feed & make sure it is nowhere to be found on all the usual URI.

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Impossible de se connecter sur my.orange.be @OrangeBEFR ‏ ainsi que sur l'app "my Orange" :/

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: https://theintercept.com/2017/07/08/gets-worse-ivanka-trump-takes-fathers-seat-meeting-world-leaders/ I didn't need any proof to showcase the utter lack of experience is having but Ivanka at is the last drop nobody needed.

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Et si ça pouvait faire avancer les idées @Neutrinet ? https://github.com/hyperboria https://hyperboria.net/

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Quand @BillGates est gagné par la fièvre des arguments d'extrême-droite https://fr.express.live/2017/07/07/55080bill-gates-asile-europe/ a propos des réfugiés.

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