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Open Data, Citizen Action, and the Sumatra-Singapore Smog Crisis

(Updated around 5pm Lima time to add more hedging, more pessimism, more words.)  I’ve recently learned for the first time about the “smog crisis” afflicting Singapore, Sumatra, and parts of Malaysia, and it makes for fascinating reading (and striking, shocking, … Continue reading

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Opening data in an absolute monarchy: notes on Oman’s Open Government Data & Best Practices Symposium

No better example of the modishness of “open” can exist than holding an open government summit in an absolute monarchy. It would seem that such an event would indeed “open” itself to accusations of deliberately delicious irony, or deliberate contradiction. … Continue reading

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Open government data isn’t just about entrepreneurs

Last month the Obama administration announced an executive order mandating an open, machine-readable default setting for government datasets, a move lauded by (among many others) open tech writer Alex Howard, whose piece in Slate was headlined “The Best Thing Obama’s … Continue reading

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