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Re: voting assistance applications and use of semantic technologies

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 06:36:11 -0700 (PDT)
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To: ProjectParadigm-ICT-Program <metadataportals@yahoo.com>, semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
I agree.  Nobody has told the surveillance state that "Enumerating Badness" is a dumb idea.
http://www.ranum.com/security/computer_security/editorials/dumb/
Then they have to get used to the idea that voter assistance is something different than  counting voters or "Enumerating Goodness".  It's not easy being a surveillance state, the fads are unreliable :-)




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Subject: Re: voting assistance applications and use of semantic technologies
 


The current state of the art favors the surveillance state, because the selection of the issue statements,  which are at the heart of the VAA application engine doing the matching does not use semantic technologies and is thus narrow focused as indicated by literature.


 
Milton Ponson
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 From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
To: ProjectParadigm-ICT-Program <metadataportals@yahoo.com>; semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>; "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org> 
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 7:54 PM
Subject: Re: voting assistance applications and use of semantic technologies
 


Milton,

It's only my opinion, but when "The Surveillance State" seems quite convinced that voter suppression (the opposite of your goal) is possible with semantic methods, then perhaps a step backwards toward determinism might be wise.  I am not suggesting that you change your methods, only that politicians and political parties are well skilled in hiding events they do not want remembered.  The process is not random.  Semantic methods may be of some help, but the knowledge that statistical methods  *already* fail makes semantic methods potentially more helpful, at least as far as assessing the coverage of the search.

Something like this may help to insure that the "map" of recent history does not have any missing names.  It does not make uncovering gaps in a particular CV any easier
 (sorry).

http://www.rustprivacy.org/faca/view/

--Gannon






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 From: ProjectParadigm-ICT-Program <metadataportals@yahoo.com>
To: semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>; "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org> 
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 11:24 AM
Subject: voting assistance applications and use of semantic technologies
 


I am currently doing a small research project involving voting assistance applications (VAAs) which help voters reach informed decisions on which political parties or candidates suit best their own personal political preferences.

Since VAAs apply algorithms withe weights and are based on analyzed texts searched for key concepts the question begs itself. Is there literature available which documents VAAs using semantic technologies to scour linked data for content to draw up historical patterns of candidates and parties to use in VAAs?

Politicians should be judged on what they promise now and what they have achieved, and for the latter we need analyzed historical track records in which semantic technology use in e.g. analysis of linked data maybe of some use.

We welcome pointers to literature and projects, past, ongoing or planned on this issue.

 
Milton Ponson
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