Andrew Hoppin: So you know, I made a slide deck for this pre­sen­ta­tion. And I made it just for this con­fer­ence and it’s kind of intim­i­dat­ing to do that for a room full of design­ers because I’m one of those peo­ple that like you lit­er­al­ly can­not read my hand­writ­ing. So, we’ll see how it goes, and I’ll get over it because I’m real­ly pas­sion­ate about what I’m here to talk you about today. I’m here to talk to you about trust. And I’m here to talk to you about how I believe we need to recov­er trust in order to make our world work bet­ter for all of us. And more impor­tant­ly than that, I think the peo­ple in this room can do some­thing about it, which is why I’m talk­ing to you about it today.

If software is eating the world…then data is the fuel that's powering it.

So, let’s roll back to about 2011. Marc Andreessen famous­ly said soft­ware is eat­ing the world. And what I took him to mean from that is that no longer is soft­ware an indus­try, indus­tries are becom­ing soft­ware, right. Like soft­ware is every­thing.

Okay. Now fast for­ward to 2017 and The Economist pop­u­lar­ized an adage data is the new oil.” Now, I’m not par­tic­u­lar­ly fond of that adage but I think it’s instruc­tive nonethe­less. They were say­ing that data that pow­ers soft­ware is the thing that is pow­er­ful. And if that pow­er is reposit­ed in the hands of too few, there may be some exis­ten­tial risks that could result from that. And lo and behold I think that that’s what we’re see­ing in the world today.

That said, I love data. And as Julie said in my intro­duc­tion I’ve been work­ing on it for a long time. I like open­ing up data. I’ve been work­ing in the open gov­ern­ment move­ment for a decade and I’ve had the pro­found oppor­tu­ni­ty to do things that I real­ly have seen make a dif­fer­ence, with data, in the lives of the com­mu­ni­ties that I’ve been part of. I helped New York City to fig­ure out how to bet­ter allo­cate its resources in response to demands from res­i­dents and com­plaints from res­i­dents about what they need­ed in the city. I’ve helped to struc­ture the law­mak­ing process in New York and make it data-driven and make it machine read­able and pro­gram­ma­ble so we could build user inter­faces that could help New Yorkers find out what was going on in the cham­bers that make our laws and actu­al­ly get involved in shap­ing the laws that we live under.

Again, a use of data. I’ve helped orga­ni­za­tions that col­lect data about gov­ern­ments all across Africa and helped to adju­di­cate which ones are effec­tive and trans­par­ent, and which ones are cor­rupt.