Author Archives: bhaggart

Rethinking the world

Some useful suggestions from Aisha Ahmad on how academics should work in these unprecedented times, none more helpful than her advice to use the current moment to question our assumptions about how the world works: In the spirit of distraction, … Continue reading

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Making the most of your visiting fellowship, or What I did in February in Berlin

I’m writing this from Berlin, where I’m just about to conclude a monthlong visiting fellowship at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. It’s been an all-around fantastic experience – thanks to everyone at the Institute for being such generous … Continue reading

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No Longer Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ MIDP, Entry 47: My Submission to the Round 2 Consultation

Back in more innocent times, August 30, 2019, to be precise, I praised the work of the analysts at Waterfront Toronto for their honest attempt to summarize the Master Innovation and Development Plan, a document whose design (as I’ve noted … Continue reading

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No Longer Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ MIDP, Entry 48: The Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Supplementary Report on the Sidewalk Labs Digital Innovation Appendix

Just a few notes on the DSAP’s latest, on Sidewalk Labs’ Digital Innovation Appendix. There’s lots of good individual critiques, but I’ll focus on the big picture stuff. Calling it “a significant improvement over the MIDP” is the very definition … Continue reading

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No Longer Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ MIDP, Addendum #3: The flaw at the heart of Waterfront Toronto’s innovation plan

Reposting this from Twitter. Also, everyone should read Mariana Mazzucato’s The Value of Everything. It’s an incredibly insightful consideration of, among other things, how innovation actually happens in the global economy: Am reading @MazzucatoM’s excellent The Value of Everything and … Continue reading

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