First it should be understood why citizen’s knowledge of “smart” things is important. Governments are currently having vendors try to sell them facial recognition software, ways to monetize citizens data, and artificial intelligence solutions. This system itself will not produce a complete understanding of “smart” things by the entire public, but it can provide a jumping off point to explore ideas. First, the project will try to help the understandings of “smart” through the use of radical transparency of the system. Radical transparency is a business philosophy based on total openness. It is similar in some respects to the open source ethos. Second, I have created technology definitions for parts of the system that are defined using the lowest technology literacy rate of a given area to create simple definitions. Though I do not know how to define technology literacy rates I have made sure the definitions use metaphors that relate to devices the reader probably has interacted with. The project relies on two these parts to accomplish the mission because when transparency increases in a [governmental] system it acts as a multiplier on preconceived notions of government to reinforce those held ideas. Researchers at the Utrecht University Netherlands conducted a study(N=658) to test the link of transparency of government and trust. The researchers found that due to preexisting ideas of government that people had the effects of transparency were not prominent in increasing trust.
It is possible to change these preconceived notions. In advertising, agencies have been doing it for years. Agencies like like DoSomething.org and the AdCouncil participate in advocacy or education related advertising campaigns. At the federal government level there has been the creation of code.gov to show what open source projects the federal government has made and is currently sharing.
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