Posted by: bluesyemre | December 10, 2015

Why #opendata doesn’t mean #opengovernment


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. In March, Li Keqiang, China’s premier, said government data should be public wherever possible “unless it is relevant to national security and privacy”. This sounds strangely democratic for a country that has a history of cracking down on human rights activists, raising questions over what government data is considered “relevant” in China.

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