Tag: Civil Society

Open data, civil society and data journalism in Sri Lanka

I delivered a presentation on open data, civil society and data driven journalism at the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI), as part of a half-day introductory seminar on ‘open data’ organised by Internews Network. The seminar looked at ‘open data’

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Creating Space for Civil Society Through Technology and Open Data

Credit: Isabela Bernal – Las2Orillas / NDI Colombia Today is International Day of Democracy, a day meant to inspire reflection and celebration of the principles of democracy worldwide. This year’s theme, “Space for Civil Society,” serves as a reminder that

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Kenya, an Early Open Data Adopter, Renews Its Global Leadership

Today is significant in the global open data movement. Four years ago, Kenya stepped forward as a highly visible, early leader in open data when its president launched the Kenya Open Data Portal (KODI) — the first sub-Saharan nation to

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Five ways Addis was different from Doha and Monterrey

Our Africa Regional Director, Nnenna Nwakanma, shares her reflections from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3) in Addis Ababa. In 2008, it was the sandy city of Doha, Qatar, that hosted the second International Conference on Financing

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A Data Revolution for Whom?

This piece was originally published in Open Democracy on 10th July 2015. The growing availability of digital data and data technologies has led many civil society groups, governments, and international organisations to talk of a “data revolution“. But what kinds of political projects,

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New Discussion Paper: “Democratising the Data Revolution”

“New technologies are leading to an exponential increase in the volume and types of data available, creating unprecedented possibilities for informing and transforming society and protecting the environment. Governments, companies, researchers and citizen groups are in a ferment of experimentation,

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Analyzing regional data: Data Expedition in Costa Rica

2.947 civil servants will be elected next year in Costa Rica, during the upcoming municipal elections. But, are the citizens aware of what’s going on in every district? Do they know the main issues their district is facing or the

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U.S. Civil Society Groups release model National Open Government Action Plan

This is the week for seeking feedback on open government in the United States. 4 days ago, the White House published a collaborative online document that digitized the notes from an open government workshop held during Sunshine Week in March.

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An unexpected encounter in the Andes

Our Chilean journey came to an end four days ago, and we are now having a quick side-trip further south, in Argentina’s lake district. We didn’t think we’d have anything to report from this section of the trip, but sometimes travel surprises.

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