Author Archives: serendipolis

Give me location data, and I will move the world

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Behind the success of the new wave of location based mobile apps taking hold around the world is digital mapping. Location data is core to popular ride-sharing services … Continue reading

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El moment constitucional

Catalunya viu un moment constitucional sense precedents, derivat d’un procés polític inèdit i transitat d’incògnites. Un temps únic d’efervescència d’iniciatives, projectes i debats sobre allò que s’esdevé, potser, una vegada (o menys) per generació: com fer una nova constitució. Arreu, … Continue reading

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We the crowd? Constitution making 2.0

This is an update of the post I wrote on crowdsourced constitutional reform in 2011. Constitution-making can be broadly defined as a set of activities intended to produce a constitution, the highest law of a state. To the UN Rule … Continue reading

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Catalonia in Europe: who will play the game?

The future relationship with the EU is a core issue in today’s debate about the independence of Catalonia. The slogan of the 2012 rally in Barcelona was “Catalonia, next state of Europe”, echoing the majoritarian desire within the independentist movement … Continue reading

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Catalans step up independence push despite Spain’s firm ‘no’

By Marta Poblet, RMIT University and Pompeu Casanovas, RMIT University This article was first published on The Conversation on 11 th September 2014 For three years in a row, Catalans have taken to the streets on September 11, Catalonia’s national … Continue reading

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Leveraging Big Data in disasters: Working around the clock in Philippines

[Cross posted at the Money, Data, and Privacy blog] Big data from social media is increasingly used in disaster management procedures. The speed at which big social data feeds travel across the networks has already been leveraged at the early … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Culture in Catalonia: The Revival of Civil Society?

[Updated version appeared in the Journal of Catalan Intellectual History, vol. 7, 2014] When Antoni Gaudi took over the Sagrada Familia project in 1883,  the initially planned neo-Gothic church—which had come into existence by a private initiative in 1860—steadily transformed … Continue reading

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