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Re: <nettime> FW: Blogpost: Smart Cities vs. Smart Communities: Enabling
morlockelloi on Sun, 9 Nov 2014 03:10:31 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> FW: Blogpost: Smart Cities vs. Smart Communities: Enabling

The problem is more fundamental, but was encountered before: literacy.

Take a look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Illiteracy_france.png - we're somewhere in the computer literacy where France was in the traditional literacy in early 1700s. And it will probably take us as long to get out of this.

Higher literacy rates were not accomplished by fancier tools (pens and paper), but by slow and painstaking education.

Fancier tools won't accomplish much - that's one of the most damaging myths around computer literacy. Computer literacy is not something you can give to someone.

So if you think that you have a solution that will arm illiterates against the organized literates in few years, you don't have anything, except maybe a hobby.

On 11/7/14 9:02 , Mark Simpkins wrote:

Thanks for posting this, I have been trying to use the idea of the
'smart-er citizen', but this is really an analogue to the community level
thinking that you mention.

Rather than encourage the use of top down technology/control systems that
are sold by the big technology players I have been focusing on the
cataloguing and findability of existing techniques and tools for citizens
to get together and decide on how to develop and improve their community.
In a way developing a Smarter Citizens Catalogue - access to existing tools
and methods.

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