Comment ne pas écrire un guide de cybersécurité pour les dirigeants

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J’ai lu le Guide de cybersécurité pour les dirigeants pour pas que vous ayez à le faire. Ou comment perdre une bonne occasion de sensibiliser…

Challenges et Eyrolles publient, le 23 février, un guide intitulé “L’essentiel de la sécurité numérique pour les dirigeants”. L’ouvrage est présenté comme “[l]e mode d’emploi facile d’accès pour être à jour et mieux éclairé face au nouveau risque numérique”. L’idée est excellente : il faut sensibiliser toujours davantage aux risques numériques, les personnes qui ont en charge la prise de décision. Ces derniers sont nombreux et de nature très variable. C’est encourageant de voir qu’enfin la gestion des risques rencontre le volet numérique.

Enfin, c’est ce que j’ai pensé… jusqu’au moment où j’ai commencé à lire. Déjà, pour l’obtenir, c’était un peu délicat : la personne qui me l’a envoyé en première disait que ça m’épargne la création d’un compte pour le télécharger chez Eyrolles où la navigation n’est pas en HTTPS, où il n’y a pas de TLS pour SMTP et où les machines ne sont pas à l’heure. Que doit-on conclure quant à l’importance de la sécurité de ses visiteurs dans ces conditions ? (C’est une question rhétorique.)

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#OrangeIsTheNewBlacklist: In France, Google and Wikipedia briefly censored for “apologia of terrorism”

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You dislike Mondays? You’d have loved this one: Google and Wikipedia were censored for an hour in France, for “apologia of terrorism”.

Yesterday 17 October 2016, an ordinary Monday morning, I was searching for a document online. Using different search engines — DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Google — helps me find out more details; incidentally and in contrast with Google, alternative engines also respect my privacy since they neither log nor keep track of my search requests.

Weirdly enough, Google was timing out. I tried out a few more times, to no success. My Internet connection was fine, though, and Qwant was also responding. Even more bizarre, my Gmail account was functional. On Twitter, some people were also flagging a “Google down” situation and started asking me which my ISP is. My Internet service provider (ISP) is Orange. It turned out that the issue seemed to affect only subscribers at Orange and its low-cost subsidiary, Sosh.

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Le créateur du bitcoin est inconnu. Mais pourquoi tant vouloir l’être ?

Qui est Satoshi Nakamoto ? Pourquoi d'autres veulent tant convaincre le monde d'être le créateur du bitcoin ? Des rebondissement dignes d'un thriller.
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Qui est Satoshi Nakamoto ? Pourquoi Craig Wright a-t-il tant voulu convaincre le monde d’être le créateur du bitcoin ? Que de rebondissements dignes d’un thriller.

Si les mystères du bitcoin peuvent être élucidés rapidement à l’aide de quelques articles de vulgarisation, le secret autour de son créateur reste entier. Journalistes du monde entier comme enquêteurs amateurs : depuis la création du bitcoin en 2009, chacun joue les Sherlock Holmes pour tenter de le démasquer. Ce n’est pas une histoire de passe-temps favori. Comme on le verra plus bas, savoir qui a la paternité du bitcoin peut être d’une importance capitale.

Et le créateur est… Satoshi Nakamoto

En 2015, le créateur du bitcoin a même été proposé à la nomination pour le Prix Nobel de l’économie. Ce serait une reconnaissance pour une invention marquante du 21e siècle, dixit le membre du jury l’ayant proposé, le professeur Bhagwan Chowdry. Cependant, en s’exprimant publiquement sur la nomination du créateur du bitcoin au Nobel d’économie, Chowdry pourrait avoir violé les règles officielles du prix. Le professeur s’est en effet révélé en tant que membre du jury, ce qui est interdit.

Les rebondissements ne cessent d’agiter la Toile. Tour à tour japonais, irlandais, australien, étudiant, ingénieur, ce que l’on sait vraiment, c’est que l’on ne sait rien. L’illustre inconnu souhaite conserver l’anonymat.

Des magazines d’économie ou d’investigation ont régulièrement prétendu avoir démasqué l’inventeur du bitcoin avant que ce dernier ne démentisse. En 2014, Newsweek était persuadé d’avoir percé le mystère à jour : Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, un américain d’origine japonaise de 65 ans, serait sans doute possible le père du bitcoin. Plus récemment, Nathaniel Popper du New York Times, fait part dans son livre The Tale of Bitcoin de sa certitude. Pour lui, l’inventeur anonyme du bitcoin n’est autre que Nick Szabo, un développeur américain. Il a, lui aussi, rapidement démenti.

L’affaire Craig Wright

Plus étonnant, l’entrepreneur australien Craig Wright a, dans une déclaration solennelle, revendiqué la paternité du bitcoin le 2 mai 2016.

Des figures connues du monde du bitcoin, tel que l’un des chercheurs de la Bitcoin Foundation, ont soutenu cette revendication. Cette dernière a cependant rapide Plus étonnant, l’entrepreneur australien Craig Wright a, dans une déclaration solennelle, revendiqué la paternité du bitcoin le 2 mai 2016. ment été mise en doute par de nombreux journalistes et internautes.

Sommé d’apporter des preuves irréfutables, Craig Wright a supprimé l’intégralité du contenu de son blog; seule y persiste une nouvelle déclaration énigmatique. Il y explique avoir craqué face à la pression et les nombreuses accusations dont il est l’objet depuis sa déclaration. Ni réel démenti, ni preuve irréfutable, le communiqué laisse le mystère entier.

Enfin, certains estiment qu’il est si difficile de démasquer le créateur du bitcoin parce qu’il n’y a pas un seul créateur. Il s’agirait plutôt d’un groupe de personnes dissimulé sous le patronyme de Satoshi Nakamoto.

Mais pourquoi tant vouloir être le créateur du bitcoin ?

La gloire, l’argent,… On peut beaucoup spéculer sur les raisons qui pousseraient des gens à vouloir se prévaloir d’avoir créé le bitcoin ?

La London Review of Books a publié, le 21 juin dernier, une investigation détaillée sur Craig Wright, l’Australien dont nous venons de parler. L’auteur et journaliste Andrew O’Hagan a passé 6 mois avec Wright. Pendant cette période, l’Australien a été au centre de la tempête médiatique autour de sa revendication. L’investigation explique les motivations financières très fortes qui sont derrière la soi-disant paternité de Wright.

O’Hagan détaille l’accord avantageux que Wright a conclu avec l’entreprise canadienne de paiements en pair-à-pair nTrust. Un ami de Wright a donc convaincu nTrust que Wright est Satoshi. Cette certitude a poussé nTrust à racheter les sociétés d’informatique de Wright. Beaucoup parmi celles-là ont été en liquidation. Il en allait de même des droits sur divers titres de propriété intellectuelle pour la somme de 15 millions USD.

Le tout a été opéré via une société nouvellement créée et appelée nCrypt. L’idée était de revendre ces titres et brevets après la révélation publique que Craig Wright est Satoshi Nakamoto. L’affaire ainsi rondement menée aurait rapporté dans le milliard de dollars US.

Wright a lamentablement échoué d’apporter les preuves qu’il est le véritable créateur du bitcoin. D’après l’article d’O’Hagan, Wright aurait fait machine arrière par peur d’être sous les coups de la loi. Ainsi, Wright aurait eu peur d’être traîné en justice car des malfrats ont utilisé des bitcoins pour acheter des armes. Cette histoire s’est révélée fausse, elle aussi.

Une investigation qui n’est pas près de se clore

L’article parle en détails des déboires – réels, eux – que Wright a avec le fisc australien. En réalité, Wright n’a jamais payé les impôts sur ses gains réalisés grâce à ses avoirs en bitcoin. De plus, ses entreprises australiennes ont bénéficié de ristournes d’impôts à hauteur de 54 millions AUD au titre de crédits R&D. Il s’agit de la plus grosse réduction jamais accordée en Australie dans le secteur des TIC.

L’article décrit encore plein d’incohérences et de contradictions. En somme, il ajoute une crédibilité certaine à l’idée que Wright a organisé une fraude à grande échelle. Cela revient à revendiquer la paternité du bitcoin comme moyen de se renflouer et d’échapper au fisc australien. D’après Reuters, Wright continue à étoffer son portefeuille de titres de propriété intellectuelle, donc on pourrait s’attendre à d’autres rebondissements.

Et quant au créateur du bitcoin, l’enquête n’est pas près de se clore !


Initialement écrit pour le Blog de Bity SA.

Certified Open Data Trainer: Thanks, ODI London!

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Delighted to break the news: I am amongst the happy few to become a Certified Open Data trainer!

The Open Data Institute (ODI) is the London-based prominent actor in the field of open data and technologies. The certification they have designed is a rewarding result of a five-day-long intense course that our class inaugurated.

What is this Data Trainer thing all about?

Founded by Sir Time Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI is an innovative consultancy that puts forward open data and all of its potentials. Training is one of their core activities, and the team considers it a priority to ensure that skilful and experimented open data enthusiasts will also be able to coherently transmit their knowledge to others.

The train-the-trainers session I (as RS Strategy’s CEO) was invited to participate, is the first of its kind for the ODI. We thus pride ourselves not only for being amongst the inaugural fellows, but also to have provided feedback and insights on how to improve the training in the future.

Our inaugural class (see the image above) counts:

The picture above is with Gavin Starks, ODI’s CEO, and was snapped by one of our outstanding trainers, David Tarrant. A big ‘thanks’ is in order here, to our trainers: David, Melissa and Kathryn, as well as to the ODI team for the welcome and the healthy lunch breaks.

So, what did we learn?

Plenty of things in fact!

The training does not aim to providing open data-related expertise; rather, the ambition is to help such experts with crafting courses. The content of the training thus considers your open data expertise as a pre-requisite. The curriculum entirely centres on providing educational engineering capabilities to the experts.

Amongst the most valuable things, we learnt and directly applied: techniques about creating interactive training; tricks about the ways we can build open data knowledge into your core specialist area (e.g. statistics and data visualisation, development for RS Strategy’s case); and of course, efficient ways to design an open data training course.

Those competencies take us from being good trainers to great ones. That ‘upgrade’ is also supported by the strategy we crafted for our individual long-term development as knowledge transmitters.

Delving into what makes for a good trainer

The five-day course was intense and fun. It involved a great amount of peer-to-peer learning and assessment, which is always a humbling and insightful experience.

We felt a bit like students, too, crafting our presentations for the final exam while eating pizza and laughing at anecdotes we would not quite dare include. Great people, great activities—what else?

All throughout the five-day long course and the final exam, our assessments focused on the following skills (check the full list here):

  • An understanding and implementation of education theory;
  • An ability to create interactive training with good learning outcomes;
  • Knowledge of open data as applied to their specialist area (e.g. policy, law, data science);
  • A plan for their long-term personal development as a trainer.

What exactly happened in North Sinai today?

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With the coming celebration of the military takeover of power in Egypt, terrorist attacks have intensified. Or this is at least what some claim. I am not exactly sure how much this is true. Others seem to doubt it as well. Another reason why I doubt the July 3 anniversary is THE reason is because of recent encouragements by ISIS to intensify attacks during the holy month of Ramadan. ISIS was coming anyway, Morsi or not Morsi, Sisi or not Sisi; and its horrors are not restricted to Egypt.

Anyhow, the question in this situation is hardly one’s capability to speculate about what the reason is behind these fierce attacks by ISIS-affiliated terrorists. Instead, I figured there is — perhaps a bit more than usual — too much of rumours and beefed-up images and numbers. And as the great people from reported.ly are a bit busy with the Greek euro crisis, I decided to sum up a few findings from this morning.

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Youth, “the Internet” and speech

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Last week, just a few days after I returned from Cairo, I stumbled upon an event organised by UNESCO and whose combination of supporting countries amused me. The two-day conference, “Youth and the internet: Fighting radicalisation and extremism”, was supported by Bulgaria and Egypt. Everyone who knows me understands the amusement.

Beyond this fun fact of limited importance, the topic and its relationship to my own work and interests were intriguing enough to give the event a day. I know quite a few people around me are interested in this write-up. So, I took the time to actually expand it, in a way that it can relate to a broader work I am into exploring excitable speech through post-colonial lenses in the Balkans and MENA. Also, enriching the write-up helps me contribute to a project to train citizens to mitigate hate speech online in South Sudan. More on the distinction between ‘hate speech’ and ‘excitable speech’ later (a research paper coming up on that).

I had my own expectations about the line-up of speakers and the probable directions the discussions would head to. And I was entirely correct.

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Plug & Play News: Sourcing, Verifying and Publishing Info in Real-Time Crisis

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Earlier in May, I attended re:publica, aka Berlin’s annual gathering of innovators from the worldover. This year’s topic was “Finding Europe”. One of the two talks I gave focused on sourcing, verifying and disseminating information in a rapidly evolving situation, e.g. a real-time crisis.

As our team of three kickass ladies was from Eastern Europe, we decided to highlight examples from this region all by re-inscribing this region in Europe. Ironically, while Tetyana Bohdanova and yours truly were providing insights about the ever-complexe-and-tough task of disseminating verified content at the right time and through the right channels, our third ‘partner in crime’, Danica Radisic, was applying these approaches while covering the unfolding turmoil in Macedonia.

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Le premier média indépendant et entièrement financé par le crowdfunding en Bulgarie

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La Bulgarie au Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse 2015 par RSF. Capture d'écran

La Bulgarie au Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse 2015 par RSF. Capture d’écran

Selon Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), la Bulgarie est classée 106e sur 180 pays (cf. image supra). Le classement “Freedom of the Press 2015” par Freedom House la donne première parmi les pays des Balkans. Ce qui, connaissant la situation des médias et l’auto-censure galopante dans la région, n’est pas exactement un exploit. Pas étonnant alors qu’en Bulgarie, plus de 80% des gens ne font pas confiance aux médias.

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La législation sur les drones : petit précis pour décideur pressé

Air Force officials are seeking volunteers for future training classes to produce operators of the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt)
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« En 2022, selon une étude du cabinet spécialisé en aéronautique Teal Group, le budget mondial de dépenses liées aux drones civils et militaires devrait doubler, atteignant près de 12 milliards d’euros ».

Ce chiffre, souligné par Paul Hessenbruch (« Armées d’aujourd’hui » n°393), reflète l’essor de l’industrie de drones dans le monde. La France n’en fait pas exception. Malgré ces développements industriels, le débat autour de l’utilisation des drones militaires continue.

La présente note introduit les différentes catégories de drones existant aujourd’hui et les législations en vigueur respectives. Elle s’attarde par la suite aux problématiques posées par les drones en lien avec les industries de souveraineté et fait ressortir les arguments principaux du débat autour de l’utilisation des drones.

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Wonderings and wanderings: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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Bishkek is the Eastern Europe of 30 years ago, except with mobile phones and internet access. It is more or less a museum relic of the former Soviet Union Bloc.

This quote translates my exact feelings upon arrival in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan. Although I remember nothing from the Soviet Union bloc 30 years ago, I do remember how my own homecountry looked like 15 years ago. And even if Bulgaria was not formally a part of the Soviet Union, it was close enough to the Big Brother to look strikingly alike. I have done my best to collect my impressions in a dedicated photoset: a concrete post-Soviet experience, in both senses of the term ‘concrete’.

I arrived on an early freezing morning after a nearly 11-hour trip. It was my very first visit to a country from Central Asia. The welcome was quite special when you think of all the army guys in uniforms checking my passport and the letters of invitation by the highest government authorities that I was carrying. Past this point, the airport was similar to any other airport in a small “developing” country: taxi drivers hurdling around and half-flirting while trying to get me in their cars. The hotel has sent a car for me—and as anytime a high-ranking hotel in a poor country from Eastern Europe wants to appear really high-ranking, they have sent a Mercedes…

On the way to the airport, I felt nearly like home: the road, hardly equiped with lights, was surrounded by trees with their truncs partly painted in white. This is seemingly done to help drivers comprehend where the road ends… Indeed, no safeguards exist on the road; yet, the cars’ lights are reflected by the white painting, so the driver understands where the road ends (well, hopefully). I remembered trees painted in white back home, this was a very bizarre thing to me as a child.

The impression of being suddenly sent back in time could not but grow in the coming days. The air smelt of warm coal, just like home when the general heating system is ON. The streets had multiples holes and cracks but benefited from little lights around. Nearly nobody speaks English, and the bulk of taxi drivers is under-qualified people having left their countryside to seek for a living in the capital. Which is why they have no idea whatsoever where you want to go—so, they ask you to tell them the way… Which is, erm, quite tricky for anyone coming to Bishkek for the first time ever. The people are however really nice yet straightforward (which may be seen as adversarial at times); the waiters and waitresses in restaurants stuff you with food and drinks as this is what hospitality means to them. Oh, and they still do these weddings in fancy restaurants with kitsch clothes and Western popmusic from the 1980s where everyone goes to the middle of the restaurants and dances. We bumped into one such happening, it was quite surreal for me to find the exact same scheme as back home more than a decade ago. And honestly? Really made me laugh and feel emotional again.

I visited Bishkek in late November 2014 while on a work mission for the World Bank. I was there to help bolster a demand for Open Data, leading the ‘demand side’ of the mission (my colleague, Ton Zijlstra, was leading the ‘supply side’ of the mission). With fellow Open Data enthusiasts from the Bank and other places in the world, we were organising the Kyrgyz Open Data Days and bootstraping an Open Data Readiness Assessment aimed to evaluate how best to initiate an Open Data initiative in the Kyrgyz Republic. The event live-tweeted under #OpenDataKG saw the Prime Minister delivering a speech (the guy on the pic below) along with quite a few government officials, NGOs and entrepreneurs joining.

The Kyrgyz press extensively covered the Kyrgyz Open Data Days: An example. Image by Ton Zijlstra, CC-by-NC-SA 2.0 on Flickr

The Kyrgyz press extensively covered the Kyrgyz Open Data Days: An example. Image by Ton Zijlstra, CC-by-NC-SA 2.0 on Flickr

Ahead of the event, World Bank and UNDP Kyrgyzstan staff have described some of the major challenges which Open Data could help address. The event and its stakes have been extensively covered by the World Bank and the live-tweet. I have also uploaded my slides, in both Russian and English:

See you soon, Bishkek! I think we could get to know each other better (despite your airport being a total dump).

Legal Challenges to Opening up Research Data in France

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We at RS Strategy are strong supporters of open knowledge. Our founder is a trained scientist, thus opening up science and research are a soft spot for us. We are thus happy to join a dedicated workgroup at the French National Institute for Agriculture Research (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, INRA) aiming to map the current legal framework of research data production and management. To our knowledge, this workgroup is the first of its kind at the institutional level in France. The group’s members wish to explore the legal challenges ahead of opening the Institute’s data. An expected outcome is a handbook for researchers to smoothen their journey towards Open Science Data.

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Love Your Data — And Let Others Love It, Too

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[Lire en français]

The Projects initiative, a Digital Science endeavour, provides a desktop app that allows you to comprehensively organise and manage data you produce as research projects progress. The rationale behind Projects is that scientific data needs to be properly managed and preserved if we want it to be perennial: there’s indeed a worrisome trend showcasing that every year, the amount of research data being generated increases by 30%, and yet a massive 80% of scientific data is lost within two decades.

Projects and open science data sharing platform figshare published an impressive and pretty telling infographic on science data preservation and chronic mismanagement [scroll down to see it]. What struck me looking at these numbers is neither the high-throughput data production nor the overall funds it requires – 1,5 trillion USD spent on R&D! – but the little to no information on public policies aimed at solving the problem.

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We Partner with r0g Agency for Open Culture and Critical Transformation

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RS Strategy is proud to announce our new partnership with the r0g_agency for Open Culture and Critical Transformation.

Based in Berlin (Germany), r0g_ is a transnational agency for open culture and critical transformation:

r0g_ thus follows a philosophy of ‘open knowledge for open societies’, with a focus on creating sustainable open systems solutions for post-conflict development. In doing so, the r0g_agency acts to put into practice the mechanisms of sustainable open culture methodologies using appropriate and community-based resources and technologies including Open Source (i.e. FOSS and Open Hardware), Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Data and related Open ICT4D, DIY and Up-Cycling methodologies.

Stephen Kovats, one of the r0g_agency co-founders, is a cultural and media researcher and has been the artistic director of the transmediale, Berlin’s festival for art and digital culture 2008 – 2011. Mr Kovats and the r0g Agency have been instrumental in producing a wide range of resources among which an insightful report for UNESCO in connection to the debates on the future of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Through our partnership, RS Strategy will contribute our expertise in the field of development and conflict mitigation through open knowledge. The forthcoming efforts and initiatives we will be involved with will unfold in Kosovo, South Sudan and Mali.

#OSJUBA for peace. Image by the r0g_agency, CC-by 2.0

For further details on r0g_agency’s outstanding work in South Sudan and a better grasp of efforts towards the introduction of open technologies in post-conflict scenarios, have a look at Stephen Kovats’s keynote during the Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva (2013) and explore the r0g website!

Technology for Better Governance in MENA

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SafirLab brings together young people with media and civil society initiatives from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). SafirLab is a joint effort by l’Institut Français and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its media cooperation branch, CFI. SafirLab sees itself as an accelerator for projects that youth from the MENA region aims to drive forward.

The 2013 SafirLab edition was its second one, taking place 18-29 November 2013 in Paris.

I was invited by to mentor, with a focus on technology for transparency and better governance. Other mentors, we were happy to interact with include Tariq Krim, the founder of Netvibes and JoliDrive, and Morgane Tual, a blogger and journalist at Le Monde interested in ‘ethical tech’.

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#HackDataCulture, Automne Numérique and the Public Domain

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I was invited to participate in a series of events organised by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, MCC). In the Ministry’s framework for cultural and art education, three events were organised:

  • 23 Nov 2013: a day dedicated to public domain works mashup at ENSCI Les Ateliers, an art-design school in the heart of Paris. I was a mentor this day;

Public domain mash-up, #MashupENSCI | Mash-up du domaine public. #MashupENSCI. CC-by-SA 3.0

Public domain mash-up, #MashupENSCI | Mash-up du domaine public. #MashupENSCI. CC-by-SA 3.0

  • 25-27 Nov 2013: a 52-hour long hackathon, the first-ever such event organised by the Ministry and revolving around cultural Open Data (more than 150 datasets released by the MCC); I was invited by the Ministry to be a member of the jury;

The jury deliberating. (Le jury est en train de délibérer ! Les équipes seront jugées sur les données publiques mobilisées, l’utilité, le design et le caractère innovant du service.)

The jury deliberating. (Le jury est en train de délibérer ! Les équipes seront jugées sur les données publiques mobilisées, l’utilité, le design et le caractère innovant du service.)

  • 7 Nov 2013: the closing day of the Automne Numérique culminated unveiling the hackathon winners and an announcement of new initiatives the MCC has engaged into in favour of Open Culture.

Learn more about the events on the Ministry’s C/Blog (in French).

Open Data Index 2013: Fundamental Public Sector Data Still Anavailable in MENA

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Rayna Stamboliyska, the founder of RS Strategy and Open MENA, served as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Editor for the Open Data Index.

The Index ranks countries based on the availability and accessibility of information in ten key areas, including government spending, election results, transport timetables, and pollution levels, and reveals that whilst some good progress is being made, much remains to be done.

The Open Data Index 2013 is the first assessment of openness of fundamental government data in the Middle East and North Africa, including full scorecards for six countries (Israel, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen). The six countries from the Middle East, featured in the Index, globally show very low openness.

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RS Strategy at the Open World Forum

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RS Strategy actively contributed to this year’s edition of the Open World Forum. As previously mentioned, I curated the programme for and organised the Open Data track. Experts from Morocco, the French national railway company SNCF, and the French Prime Minister’s Open Data Taskforce Etalab shared views on opening governance and public sector data.

I also gave two talks:

“Open Data in Science and Research” (track ‘Public Policies’), introducing the audience to the vital importance of opening up scientific research:

(also view directly on Slideshare)

“Big Data, Bad Data” (closing keynote, with Romain Lacombe from French Prime Minister’s Taskforce Etalab and Rand Hindi from :SNIPS), a critical look at the misconceptions ‘big data’ can endorse — and how to account for them:

(also view directly on Slideshare)

[Announcement] Open and Citizen Science in the heart of Europe

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Stefan Kasberger from OKFn Austria and myself are organizing this one-day workshop as an OKCon satellite event. Join us!

Thursday 19 September, 10:00 – 17:00 @ Centre Universitaire d’Informatique Université de Genève, Auditorium, Ground Floor

Coordinators: Stefan Kasberger (Open Knowledge Foundation Austria) and Rayna Stamboliyska (Open Knowledge Foundation France), in collaboration with Daniel Lombraña González (Citizen Cyberscience Center / Citizen CyberlabFrançois Grey (Citizen Cyberscience Center / University of Geneva), Margaret Gold/ Brian Fuchs (Citizen Cyberlab The Mobile Collective)

Hacking science makes us happy. If it makes you happy, too, then, this year’s Open Knowledge Conference is the place to be!

Indeed, OKCon 2013 is where an amazing bouquet of insights from Open and Citizen science will converge. But if you thought there would be only food for the brain, you were wrong. A satellite event will take place on 19 September aiming at giving space for everyone to actually get great things done.

With our friends Daniel Lombraña González (Citizen Cyberscience Center / Citizen Cyberlab) François Grey (Citizen Cyberscience Center / University of Geneva), Margaret Gold/ Brian Fuchs (Citizen Cyberlab The Mobile Collective), we have come up with a way allowing everyone to take part to this exciting day.

I have an idea!

We know you do. Hence, we have a dedicated form ready for you to submit a short description of what you are keen to work on. You can also indicate what additional competences you need in order to get your project done.

Idea submission will be running from today until 10 September. Every week, we will be updating everyone (through the Open Science mailing list) telling you about the new ideas submitted. In addition, a community call will be scheduled to discuss and narrow down these ideas so that they actually become feasible within one-day long hands-on sprint.

Working together

The idea of the satellite event is to geek out together. On 11 September, we will be publishing a poll with all ideas so that you can be able to vote for the project you want to work on on Day D. Voting will run until 18 September.

Do not forget to bring your favourite geeking gear (laptop, some flavour of mobile device or a fancy notebook in the perfect 1.0 fashion). We will have WiFi, cookies and fun!

The workshop space can accommodate up to 45 people. To sign-up, express your interest in the topic and get in touch with the coordinators please write to openandcitizenscience@okcon.org.

Open Data at the Open World Forum!

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I am the ‘Open Data’ track leader for the Open World Forum to be held in early October in Paris. To follow the event as it’s been built up, please visit the Open World Forum’s website.

For this year’s event, we have already confirmed an impressive line-up of speakers (abstracts are in French, as the session is in French):

  • Romain Lalanne (Director, Open Data at SNCF): “Open Transport: Rethink Mobility with Open Data”

Dans le domaine du transport, l’Open Data, a le pouvoir de relever les défis d’une mobilité plus informée, plus fluide, plus personnalisée. Optimisation et valorisation du temps de voyage, gestion de l’affluence dans les trains, adaptation aux besoins de chaque voyageur : Romain Lalanne propose un retour d’expérience de l’engagement du groupe SNCF en matière d’Open Data et présente un panorama des perspectives à venir dans l’Open Transport.

  • Abderahman Zohry and Yassir Kazar (Morocco): “Is Open Data Possible in Morocco?”
  • Alexandre Quintard-Kaigre (Legal Advisor, Etalab, Prime Minister Taskforce for Open Data): “Renew Democracy with the Internet and Open Data”

Réserve parlementaire, financement des syndicats, dépenses de la Sécurité sociale, faits constatés de délinquance et de criminalité, adresses des écoles publiques, prix des carburants dans chaque station essence, masse salariale des cabinets ministériels, attribution des véhicules de fonction, subventions de l’Etat aux associations, interventions économiques aux entreprises, dotations globales de fonctionnement aux collectivités territoriales, aides de la PAC, effectifs des fonctions publiques, nombre d’agents et de chômeurs dans chaque agence de Pôle Emploi…

Les attentes des Français sont très fortes en matière de transparence des services publics et d’exemplarité dans l’action de leurs représentants. Sans confiance des citoyens dans les Institutions, la République vacille et la cohésion sociale s’effrite. Intégrer les valeurs d’Internet dans la gouvernance publique participe ainsi au renouvellement et à l’intégrité de notre démocratie : rendre des comptes sur Internet en partageant gratuitement et librement les informations et les données produites par les services publics avec tous les citoyens – quelque soit leur statut ou leur catégorie socio-professionnelle – contribue à renforcer la liberté d’information et l’Etat de droit, in fine les libertés fondamentales de chaque citoyen.

  • Antoine Courmont (Project Leader, Open Data for Lyon): “Opening Up Data: On the Road to a Smart City”

L’ouverture des données (open data) et la ville intelligente (smart city) sont régulièrement associés. Et pour cause, les données sont au cœur de la ville de demain, et les mettre à disposition du plus grand nombre ne peut que faciliter l’innovation et la création de services aux usagers. Le Grand Lyon s’inscrit dans cette perspective par la mise en place d’une plateforme de diffusion de données territoriales au service de ses politiques publiques, des entreprises et des citoyens. Cette démarche d’ouverture est une invitation à repenser à la fois le rôle des acteurs et les façons de faire pour proposer de nouvelles expériences de la vie en ville.

  • Stéphane Gigandet (Founder, Open Food Facts): “Open Food Facts: Citizen Crowdsourcing of Food Data for better transparency in our plates”

Huile de palme dans le Nutella, viande de cheval dans les lasagnes au boeuf : pour les consommateurs, l’industrie alimentaire est trop souvent une boîte noire. Bien malin qui sait aujourd’hui ce qu’il y a vraiment dans son assiette. Pour apporter plus de transparence, des citoyens ont créé Open Food Facts, une base de données libre et ouverte sur les produits alimentaires du monde entier. Armés de leur smartphone ou d’un appareil photo, ils collectent les données sur les produits alimentaires pour qu’elles puissent être décryptées, analysées et comparées.

Qu’est ce que le colorant E150d et dans quoi le trouve-t-on, quels sont les sodas les plus sucrés, les biscuits qui contiennent le plus d’additifs, quelles usines préparent les produits de quelles marques : voici quelques exemples de questions auxquelles Open Food Facts apporte une réponse. Toutes les données collectées sont diffusées sous une licence libre : ce sont des données ouvertes (open data). Elles peuvent être utilisées et ré-utilisées librement et gratuitement par tous et pour tous usages. Venez en découvrir quelques uns et peut-être en imaginer et en réaliser d’autres !

Looking forward to meeting you there!