francesca bria

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intro’d to Francesca via #dcentmadrid 2016

she starts at 30 min on video w Paul on front:

main aim of week – to re energize and re invent democracy

d cent – citizen participation and econ empowerment…

31 min – intention to open up new political/experimental spaces… for experimenting w/new politics.. open/experimental/integrates collective intelligence of citizens into process…

32 min – d cent project.. hackers.. citizen led workers..  after 2011 – big wave of political innovation.. reaction to apathy as well.. in particular for youth.. we have to have a diff approach to what it means democracy today… really integrating into everyday life of politics.. what citizens need

rev of everyday life ness

34 min – ie’s from dcent project – rising of new forms of political parties.. network parties.. represent democ and direct democ.. ie: podemos.. 5 star movement in italy.. pirate party in iceland.. parties that come from below.. and now rep a new way of doing things…

36 min – on finland.. now if get ie: 50 000 signatures.. can change legislation

imagine we disengage from legislation.. and rights et al..

37 min – ie: iceland citizens taking part in re writing entire constitution..

imagine we disengage from constitutions..

citizens deciding what kind of policies to be implemented with municipal budget…

imagine we disengage from municipal budget

ie: radical econ as jumpstart to no money

38 min – from techno utopianism of silicon valley – tech will take care of everything.. other side..looking at surveillance et al.. dystopian.. at d cent we see using tech to re energize democracy

39 min – important to put forward this idea of tech sovereignty.. a collective ownership of data..

or perhaps – ownership becomes irrelevant

to plan and program our future.. re build cities..

41 min – impact of releasing documents.. citizens to have access to info.. to know what is going on ..and then to org collective/institutional action

imagine we don’t react.. imagine we start over.. w a global do-over..

important this radical transparency to gain autonomy..  how we can take back tech infrastructure in order to re program the way we want to live.. and to have a clearly democratic agenda..

rev of everyday life ness.. ie: a nother way via ie: hosting life bits et al


at dcentmadrid 2014:

big question of democracy.. who decides on what

we can create a new public space where people actually feel they want to engage.. because they can decide..


2013 – futurefest

Smari McCarthy and Francesca Bria describe their info-constitution

linking decision making w economic power tools..esp focusing on decentralized social networks.. how to break that monopoly out

4 min – smari – basically running people toward some place where we need something diff.. no one’s come up with a good plan yet..

a nother way.. hosting life bits.. et al

9 min – francesca – question.. a lot of refusal of current institution.. a big no to what we have now.. hardt/negri – a distituent power… how do we enable collective actors to gain power… and what would be the form.. how to create institutions for future and by what process… already have experiments of radical democracy.. but they’re temp.. so how to empower them..

11 min – smari – we should be talking about the protocoletariet… 13 min – there’s not a lot people can do..

13 min – francesca – zeitgeist of digital age is missing..

14 min – smari – a lot of people really want to do something.. but unless 10 000 people on the street outside.. they feel very dis empowered…

14 min – francesca – there is that break down.. so you have to come up with a plan

15 min – smari – 1\ people need to know what’s going on in society 2\ need to give people a say.. if no info.. will make even worse decisions than parliament

or perhaps.. we start over.. perhaps we’re so messed up.. most of the info we would garner is just noise.

imagine we have a global do over.. that is designed for everyone to ongoingly .. listen to their heart..

we can’t make better future till we can imagine it

16 min – francesca – i don’t like that you ask to come up w solutions.. will be wrong.. i’d rather open up experiments…

17 min – smari – long term vision.. currently very centralized… why do we have to have these fixed numbers (of people in power).. today.. everyone has a communication device in pocket.. why not build scale free alt’s.. so everyone can participate.. w/o punishment for not participating..

redefine decision making – disengage from consensus.. et al.. we can now do that..

19 min – don’t ask us what to do.. just do what you feel… keep working.. fix things.. get more empowered…


at dcentmadrid 2016:

digital tools for democracy.. in order to give power to citizens

how we can build honestly democratic tech that can serve public good and benefit citizens… need a network of cities.. et al.. that understand this..

we need a new politics.. we need to give to young people a new space to practice politics together

new econ that has gains with aggregation of citizen data (google, facebook, twitter..).. profiling people, machine learning, predictive analytics… based on all info they gather about there is a void.. we need a new deal.. like a new citizen deal on data.. that puts at the center citizens rights… need for citizens to decide what can happen w their data.. and who own the data and for what purpose the data gets used….

imagine: self talk as data…. for (blank)’s sake

we need to use data in order to plan better services.. to plan a better city..

in the city. as the day. [short]

important to regain tech/digital sovereignty over data.. why we need tools like d-cent

find/follow Francesca:

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Researcher and advisor on technology and information policy

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at platform coop:

Francesca Bria is a senior researcher and policy advisor working at the intersection of technology policy, socio-economic analysis and innovation strategy. She has over 15 years of experience advising public administrations and companies on science, technology and innovation policy. Francesca works is a Nesta Senior Project Lead at the Nesta Innovation Lab, where she is the EU Coordinator of the D-CENT project and the Principal Investigator of the DSI project on digital social innovation in Europe, as part of the EU CAPS programme. She has a background in social science and innovation economics with a PhD from Imperial College London, where she was a Researcher and Teaching Associate in the Innovation Studies Centre- Digital Economy Lab. Francesca is a member of the Internet of Things Council and an advisor for the European Commission on Future Internet and Smart Cities policy. She is also a member of the EC Expert Group on Open Innovation (OISPG) and a member of the European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things (IERC). She is also active in various grassrooots social movements advocating for open access, knowledge and data commons and decentralised privacy-aware technologies.

dec 2016 – smart city expo – Roundtable Session – A New Deal on Data: What role for Cities?

10 min – tech – how can we design together techs that have public return.. that embed social goods.. that take into account we are designing together with citizens..

mech simple enoughhosting-life-bits via self-talk as data

27 min – @gemmagaldon: barcelona 3 yrs ago.. putting fablab in poor neighborhood.. neighbors stormed bldg.. wanted foodbank.. fundamentally broken in tech society and policy makers.. can cities react to that.. when tech co’s are beginning to seem too big to fail..

30 min – on the system functioning only for the few.. if you can’t show this will work at planetary level.. not a very appealing vision..

problem deep enough: a & a

32 min – basis for more inclusive econ.. econ that’s not based on commodification/financialization of data.. but also serves to develop a more collab econ…what is left for cities.. when you have complex problems.. you need to work at a diff layer..

35 min – orchestrate better systems .. with a level playing field..

in germany: information self-determination..  if no transparency.. i can’t regulate.. ie: i don’t know how this effects the pricing..

go deeper.. with that info self-determination.. ie:  self-talk as data

43 min – q: our capacity to reinvent *how we use data.. what we use it for.. could be located.. ie: not in google..    a: we need a hybrid architecture approach when it comes to infrastructure/architecture.. alts that imply distributive.. citizen governed.. so we can experiment with new models..

*a nother way – diff data

ps in the open  so we can io dance


OIDP (@oidpoidp) tweeted at 2:06 AM – 28 Jun 2017 :

We are following the 2nd Day of the conference on #DirectDemocracy organized by the Barcelona city council (

rethinking role of info/data..who used..revert paradigm – @francesca_bria

go deeper..what data to focus on ie: st as data


WIRED UK (@WiredUK) tweeted at 2:30 AM – 18 May 2018 :
In 2015 Ada Colau, an activist with no experience in government, became mayor of Barcelona. She called for a democratic revolution, and for the last two years city hall has been designing the technological tools to make it happen (


Rory Landon Aronson (@roryaronson) tweeted at 5:26 AM – 12 Jul 2018 :
‘Citizen data needs to be a meta utility that is openly accessible to the citizenship’ – @francesca_bria at #FabCitySummit (

first.. needs to be legit data.. begs detox embed in data collection ie: self-talk as data


Laura Traldi (@lauratraldi) tweeted at 4:30 AM – 13 Aug 2018 :
@francesca_bria of @BCN_digital on how #barcelona is building a #smartcity on participatory #democracy – the full #interview published on @DRepubblicait today on my #blog (in Italian and English) (

Because a Smart City can not exist without Smart Citizens ..t

rather.. a healthy city can’t exist w/o alive people.. what we need most: the energy of 7bn alive people

On Decidim, City Council, citizens and associations publish projects and proposals. And then they can follow them, argue them, link them to relevant content, control their implementation, react.

sounds like spinach or rock ness.. we can do better

Decidim is a platform created to grow information and dialogue. From the regulatory plan, to the budget, from social issues to bus routes: everything is discussed on Decidim. But to vote or take a position on the issues you have to participate and inquire ..

so.. in order to participate.. you have to be interested/invested in the issues someone else determined.. issues someone else determined that someone else should determine you should determine (that’s how we get to meeting on planning/budget et al.. too much.. regulation of things that are irrelevant to an undisturbed ecosystem)

.And the first question to ask is: how are the platforms built? If they are owned by someone and not by the community there is something wrong. And the second: who collects and governs our data …».

perhaps 1st ask what data should we collect ..?
output matters little if input isn’t legit
try self-talk as data so people not in response/defense mode

currently we are going on and on about data from whales in sea world.. let’s try self-talk as data.. so the 7bn people are more legit in the first place

Cities are perfect pilot places to build an alternative and are networking. And their voice will be heard … »

has to be all the voices.. as it could be..

a people experiment in cure ios city

via 2 convers.. as infra


“Will data be controlled by big businesses, the State or by citizens? This is a key question for our digital future. What we need is a new social pact on data” @francesca_bria the giant :-)

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what we need is to focus-on/facil different data.. ie: self-talk as data.. otherwise we’ll keep creating/wasting more resources.. rather than.. by our indigenous nature.. being more resourceful


In @WiredUK I argue for a revamped city agenda to restore faith in democracy: “Cities can become key agents in the transition from surveillance capitalism, where data ownership is opaque, to a model where data is a common good co-owned by all citizens”

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perhaps only if we let go..
and try ie: cure ios city

2 convers as infra

How could we bring it about to ensure that the future of cities remains bright, inclusive and democratic?

First, city officials should acknowledge that *digital technology can help citizens to solve many of their problems without having to wait for help from remote bureaucracies..t

actually *digital tech (as it could be) can help us realize the deeper problems.. that will make current problems irrelevant

Second, city leaders should be humble and confess they do not have *all the answers but that they trust the citizens to help find them; the city bureaucrat of the future learns, not preaches..t

*have to get to the right/deep-enough questions first

Third, if urban leaders hope to re-establish long-term trust with citizens, they need to assure that *citizens’ data is not only safe but that it’s actually generating public, not just private, value..t

first *assure data is legit/matters.. ie: self-talk as data.. or it will just keep perpetuating our broken feedback loop

Fourth, city leaders need to remember that their task is to *reconcile private and often short-term preferences of their citizens with the long-term public good, not just greenlighting every single consumer trend that captures the imagination of some group of citizens..t

aka: focus on a problem deep enough for 7b people to resonate w today.. in order to get us back/to an undisturbed ecosystem

Finally, cities – and the people who lead them – should show more humility and stop flaunting their cosmopolitanism and uniqueness.


Elisabeth Nöfer (@ElisabethNofer) tweeted at 5:29 AM – 6 May 2019 :
#rp19 A coherent European plan for the digital age? Still not there. @francesca_bria:„We are not going to wait for Facebook to do it“. We need Cryptography for public use & data back to the city hall, f.e. voluntary sharing of personal data with municipality #RealoUtopianism (

crypto: idio-jargon

data: self-talk

via 2 convers as infra


Here you find the link to the @VPROTegenlicht documentary that aired yesterday. “What shall we do to take our data back?”: Watch the fiery debate between me and @evgenymorozov! Filmed in Calabria, Italy this summer in great settings. Mostly in english.
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48 min video – 1/2 in english

4 min – t: on apple listening to times when not talking to siri.. some of it peodifile.. but them not doing anything about it.. so intimate and illegal .. and

What do you do if you work for one of these companies and are asked to eavesdrop on thousands of Siri conversations from users to improve the services? French whistleblower Thomas Le Bonniec decided to step out and warn us about the ‘spies in our pockets’.

6 min – e: online vs offline indistinguishable

actually.. mostly not in english..  and now video is out.. only seeing audio.. so can’t see if translating.. or what time it is at

18 min – f: on improving the city – barcelona.. ie: bikelanes et al.. but needed the data to show it was helping

20 min – e: entire teams whose job is to get you to click on something.. we don’t want that.. we want to make it as easy for people who are desperate to reach something new/original.. (working on project called syllabus).. ie: youtube has no interest to show you the video that will inform you about climate change

imagine this then: cure ios city

21 min – showing how it works

30  min – f & e arguing about e: having all the resources but not doing anything  and f: creating innovations that have as main objective to improve society

31 min – f: we have to fight/build it all in europe.. and take back control over cloud infra.. not big tech.. it’s big democracy

32 min – e: i don’t see it as big democracy.. have to be critical of european politicians.. in reality.. they are influence over the goals.. not the needs..

33 min – f: of course we have the broken .. but now.. we have so much better.. we can’t be talking all the time..

36 min – elie: on the unprecedented ness of what they’re doing w giant data.. other regions of world not as prepared as we are (europe)

37 min – f: we had a fight in the beginning because of phone co that wanted all the business.. vodaphone..  even waste/water/electric-bike management are in the digital data.. so fighting for it to be given back to the city

43 min – e: on collab ing naturally w partner/neighbors.. acts of social coord mediated by solidarity.. people say from the past.. and will disappear.. a lot of sv people believe that way.. so want smart contract systems into every feature of social life.. ledger into everything.. everyday life.. which would entrench reality of market into our existence

45 min – e: this is ending politics.. politicians become algos.. politicians need to id what features of new tech can form foundation of collective goods

f: people participation is first thing.. then cities can become labs for democratic future.. you need to do experiments at local level.. then political pressure from ground up.. need to show that things are done to get to political change – this is how change happens


Data as Property? Scholars, activists, technologists and presidential candidates have all proposed data governance reforms to address the social ills generated by the technology industry and develop true alternatives. Interesting essay via @syllabus_tweets
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titled: data as property?

From the vantage-point of legal governance, then, the question of data’s actual classification—property, labor, or something else entirely—may be less important than the practical governance opportunity its current unsettled state affords

data governance presents an opportunity to leapfrog these struggles altogether to develop true alternatives.

matters little (won’t get to legit alts) if data is non legit (from whales in sea world)..

need a means to undo our hierarchical listening

need a diff org/infra of the day