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Open Up?

November 12, 2014

We at Omidyar Network have long advocated the merits of opening government data. Its potential to strengthen governance, drive economic growth, and build trust is attractive for those of us working to improve the relationships between governments and citizens.

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Tim Kelsey
National Director, Patients & Information NHS England

Health Data, Transparency, and Trust

November 3, 2014

Transparency may be the most important public policy of our generation: Opening up data about government services is a proven antidote to corruption, a stimulant to digital innovation and economic growth and to more inclusive political debate, but it is more than that – it also has the capacity t

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Omidyar Network

Why We Use Both Investments and Grants in Service of Our Mission

November 3, 2014

Omidyar Network was created with the intention of using new approaches to tackling the world’s most intractable problems. Based on his experience with eBay, Pierre Omidyar knew that the power of markets could generate tremendous positive social change, and he set about structuring Omidyar Network in a way that gave us the flexibility to make for-profit investments as well as traditional grants.

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Tim Davies
Open Data Research Lead at Web Foundation

Getting Strategic About Openness and Privacy

November 2, 2014

Information is powerful. And in a world where the amount of information generated, captured and stored has grown exponentially in recent decades, getting hold of the information you need, when you need it, relies upon having access to the data that describes it.

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Stefaan G. Verhulst
Co-Founder and Chief of Research and Development at The GovLab, New York University
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David Sangokoya
Research Fellow at The GovLab, New York University

OpenUp Corporate Data While Protecting Privacy

October 30, 2014

Consider a few numbers: By the end of 2014, the number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide is expected to reach 7 billion, nearly equal to the world’s population.

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Hetan Shah
Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society

The Data Trust Deficit

October 28, 2014

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) has just released a new Data Manifesto which looks at what the next UK Government could do to improve the use of data to improve policymaking, democracy and prosper

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Jeni Tennison
Technical Director, Open Data Institute

How Can Openness Help to Protect Our Privacy?

October 27, 2014

We have a tendency to think of openness as the opposite of privacy, and in particular that opening up data carries the risk of exposing our private information.

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Charles Kenny
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Could Contract Transparency Be Bad?

October 27, 2014

Omidyar Network’s annual conference on transparency, Open Up? 2014, is titled “Boundaries of Openness and Privacy.” We’ll launch the Center for Global Development’s Working Group on Contract Publicat

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What's In A Name?

October 27, 2014

We at Omidyar Network have long advocated the merits of opening government data. Its potential to strengthen governance, drive economic growth, and build trust is attractive for those of us working to improve the relationships between governments and citizens.

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Testing the boundaries of OGP

September 25, 2014

Are governments most likely to reform before joining an international initiative or once they have joined it?

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We’re Seeing an Economic Boom; But a Boom for Whom?

Joelle Gamble shares insights on the recent economic boom with Soledad O'Brien on Matter of Fact.

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She Wants to Break Up Big Everything

Omidyar Network is proud to support the launch of American Economic Liberties Project by Sarah Miller.

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This Year Privacy-First Tech Will (Slowly) Start Going Mainstream

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