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:

link twitter

Researcher and advisor on technology and information policy

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