Polls, errors and democracy in the 21st century


I have been working with data analysis for public policy design, public administration, and electoral campaigns for a while. And I have been following electoral polls from all around the globe during the last years.

Nowadays, the question in everyone’s minds is: what is happening with the polls? Why are they so wrong? The problem is neither caused by polls methodology nor by politicians, but by the governments. I’ll explain why.

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Rethinking Rio de Janeiro's bike paths using data and scientific knowledge


How about rethinking the entire bike lanes plan of a city using scientific knowledge and data from Twitter, from Bike Rental (Bike Rio - Itaú), from Mapeando (from lab.rio), from citizens’ request through 1746, integrating it with our mass transportation network?

This is another example of how we, the PENSA Team, are using data. The responsible for this project was João Meirelles, who captured data from many different sources to design a new bike lane plan to better meet the need of our citizens. João used the following data sources:

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Open data vs Privacy in Lisbon - What Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper and Uber can teach us


Here is the presentation used by me in a class I taught in Lisbon, last week, with professor Joaquim Falcão.

This was a class regarding how data can be used to track the steps of Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba (and you), or to make our cities a better place to live. You choose! The content of this class:

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IDB Third Regional Policy Dialog


I am in Bogota, Colombia, to present a lecture and participate in discussions on the IDB Third Regional Policy Dialog - Open Government In Latin America and the Caribbean. The speech of the Opening Ceremony will be held by Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia and the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. I am here to present cases developed in Rio de Janeiro by the Big Data: PENSA Team on how to promote innovation in government in order to improve the outcomes of public services, doing more and better with less.

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Speach at Columbia SIPA GOVTECH


Participei de um dos mais importantes eventos internacionais sobre uso de tecnologia na Administração Pública do mundo, o SIPA GovTech, da Universidade de Columbia, em Nova York. Confira a seguir o conteúdo de minha apresentação e os demais participantes.

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Pablo Cerdeira is the Head of the Center of Technology and Society - CTS/FGV and the former Rio de Janeiro's Chief Data Office