Karine Nahon

Karine Nahon, Alon Peled, and Jennifer Shkabatur are winning the Best Paper Award #CeDEM15 #video


We congratulate the winners on the #CeDEM15 Best Paper Award: Karine Nahon, Alon Peled and Jennifer Shkabatur with their paper “Cities’ Open Government Data Heart Beat”


This is what the reviewers said about the paper:

“…it is clearly written, notable urges the right questions in current International transparency debates, has a clear written methodology and addresses interesting insights and discussion points.”

“…lies on real research and has a practical value……”

“…an innovative and really practical approach to measuring Openness…..”

“…provided a very valuable new methodology for measuring open government data at the level where it arguably matters most i.e. local”

“…not only interesting but extremely useful in terms of advancing best practice in the Open Data field.”


#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Keynotes

CeDEM13, day 2#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Keynotes: Karine Nahon and John Carlo Bertot

Behind the Scenes:
formation Flows in Networks

Karine Nahon, University of Washington

Among Nahon’s research interests are information flows, natural gate keeping and inequalities in cultural technologies. She is also co-author of the book “Going Viral” and on several boards striving to make information more transparency.

Information flows are a way for us to have traces, which can help us understanding the interrelations between technologies and social structures. How can viral information flows impact social structures? Information flow is also a mechanism to both reproduce social norms, but also to transform them. One example of viral movies is the Gangnam Style music video, which reproduces the values we already know. On the other hand, we find a subtle criticism of the capitalist system in Korea. (more…)

#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Keynotes: Karine Nahon and John Carlo Bertot

Behind the Scenes: Information Flows in Network

Karine Nahon (University of Washington)

Karine Nahons keynote begins with film of the protests in Israel in July 2011 agaisnt the regime. Are these protests the result of facebook? No the “success” of protests (up to 500,000 protesters) was due to the use of  news paltforms.

We need to look at these information flows: they are traces, help us understand events and the relationships betweeen technology. But we also need to understand that information flow, in particular viral information, offers not only reprodcution but also transformation. Such information flows challenge institutions and fundamentally transform the structures of institutions and power relations among stakeholders. Importantly, change does not occur through technology, (technology is always changing!) but through changes in behaviour. (more…)