Ushahidi

Great idea for handling public information in a crisis, called Ushahidi, though I wonder how practical it is. There are several systems that work the other way: what about combining the two? Ushahidi allows people (anyone) to text or SMS or enter data via a website, to report incidents, and the idea is “to create…

Accuracy vs effectiveness in counter-insurgency

Just come across an article in JASSS, based on a simple model of how governments might respond to insurgency. The articel is by D Scott Bennett. The basic modelhas only three actors and dimensions: soliders respond to attacks by insurgents with high or low effectivenss (ie they kill them) and high or low accuracy (ie…

How does data scale

Fascinating posting on Good Math, Bad Math arguing that we have much more data now, and that we can use this to discover new relationships, but at the same time there are new problems. Statistics: Google have recently “sorted 1TB (stored on the Google File System as 10 billion 100-byte records in uncompressed text files)…

Games that make a difference

I chaired a meeting at Birkbeck College yesterday as part of the London Games Festival Fringe, called Games that make a difference Games and simulations are important to artists, scientists, social scientists, businesses, educators, fund-raisers, and many other disciplines. The idea was to bring together some different perspectives on computer games to show that there…