This week we find that the Open Government Partnership has launched the Model Open Government Partnership to help engage young people in its efforts. The need to understand how open government data can benefit corporations instead of the public is emphasised. The implications of the movement towards digitised and connected cities is also discussed and there are some interesting articles on big data and privacy and the use of data visualisations for insight.
Citing that the majority of the world’s population is under the age of 27, live in urban areas and in developing countries, but are largely unrepresented by government, the Open Government Partnership announced the launch of the Model Open Government Partnership (MOGP) to encourage young people to participate in open government challenges. Indonesia, the impending lead chair of the OGP has become the first country to take up the challenge of encouraging more meaningful engagement with young people around government openness. The MOGP replicates OGP meetings and operations in its engagement with young people.
In this Observer post John Naughton explains his thoughts on how the business of oil, which is often likened to big data can benefit ruling elites in corrupt and/or authoritarian countries, or huge corporations in democratic states. He says that while open government data is useful the difference between open data and open government is often not identified. In addition, he explains that it is sometimes not the public but instead private companies that stand to gain most from opening up of government data.
In response to views on the “second electrification of the world’s metropoles” as cities strive for digitised nervous systems due to the increasing availability of data, this Economist post talks about how this could lead to constant surveillance which can undermines democratic practices. It also points out that achieving such a goal can increase hacking and susceptibility to software bugs, make the poor more vulnerable and decrease the creativity of cities. The various initiatives that are occurring to realise digitally connected cities around the world are described to hammer home his point that clever cities will not necessarily be better ones.
The Stanford Law Review has published a Symposium issue on Privacy and Big Data: Making Ends Meet. Several informative and interesting articles by experts on the subject have been made available online.
In this post Sinan Aral explains how using data visualisations can help to transform big data into actionable, meaningful, decision-relevant knowledge. He gives 3 examples of visualisations to illustrate his point.