viernes, 27 de abril de 2012

Google ideas :-/ ¿"A por" los límites de la innovación técnica?

Sin palabras. Bueno, una o dos: ¿Es esto una avanzada de la "técnica" que instrumentaliza la política? Sin duda de parte del vacío que es la política hoy, toda ayuda es bienvenida. Pero la técnica, por su parte, podría estar intentando el imposible de morderse la cola: ¿Cómo puede "solucionar" nada más ella en un espacio en dónde sus soluciones son todo lo que hay? :-/


"Google Ideas is a think/do tank that convenes unorthodox stakeholders, commissions research, and seeds initiatives to explore the role that technology can play in tackling some of the toughest human challenges." :-/


Violent extremism is one of the world’s most significant unanswered challenges, from the gangs of San Salvador to the violent Islamist extremists of Quetta to far-right fascists around the world who constitute the violent white power movement.

In the summer of 2011 Google Ideas convened more than 84 former violent extremists—former gang members, former violent religious extremists, former violent right-wing nationalist extremists, and former violent far-right fascists—with victims of terror and gang violence for the Summit Against Violent Extremism (SAVE).

One product to emerge from SAVE was Against Violent Extremism, a network of former violent extremists, survivors of violent extremism, NGOs, academics, think tanks, and private sector executives who share a common goal: to prevent youth from committing violence. Political leaders, journalists, and technology entrepreneurs joined Google Ideas for the summit in Dublin to examine the similarities between violent extremist groups, and how technology could be both part of the problem and part of the solution. Visit YouTube to watch videos from the Summit Against Violent Extremism."

"Illicit Networks

The persistence of illicit networks—including organized crime, narcotics, human trafficking, arms trafficking, terrorism, and cybercrime—affects every country and every demographic. While various illicit networks may differ from each other in terms of the goods they move and the objectives they pursue, their tactics are often remarkably similar.

Illicit networks strive for maximum secrecy and efficiency to evade law enforcement. Despite all of this, most efforts to investigate and intercept illicit networks have been siloed rather than holistic, depriving those who seek to combat them of opportunities to learn from one another.

The increasing ubiquity of connection technologies will both empower those driving illicit networks as well as the citizens seeking to curb them. These networks have been around for centuries, but one thing has changed—the vast majority of people now have a mobile device, empowering citizens with the potential to disrupt the secrecy, discretion, and fear that allow illicit networks to persist. As illicit networks grow in scope and complexity, society’s strategy to reduce their negative impact must draw on the tremendous power of technology."

"Fragile States

Many states that we consider fragile—states that have difficulty enforcing the rule of law and/or delivering basic goods and social services—have experienced an explosion of mobile adoption. We’re examining to what extent can mobile technology be used to address some of the local challenges that the state has been incapable of addressing, such as education, health, and basic humanitarian services.

Challenges in these states are driving a tremendous amount of local innovation that can be scaled and adapted to other countries. Technology will not solve the problem of state fragility, but it can help address some local needs to improve the quality of life for citizens living in these states and perhaps provide solutions that are scalable to other parts of the world."

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