Why open data doesn’t mean open government

This post was created automatically via an RSS feed and was originally published at http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2015/dec/02/china-russia-open-data-open-government

China and Russia are beginning to selectively share state information with the public, but democracy requires more than just data

Demand for open data in China is gaining traction despite the country’s traditionally closed approach to government. Although there’s no national-level open data initiative, both Chinese citizens and senior leadership are starting to call for greater access to public information.

More countries than ever before are considering the merits of opening up their data – even those that have been described as politically repressive by human rights organisations.

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