There’s so much hype around the idea of open data regimes that the natural inclination is to be cynical and say it will never deliver on its promise.
But let’s suspend our cynicism, if only for a while, and imagine a world where compliance-driven open data regimes (actually) put power back into the hands of consumers. The consumers’ decisions then drive significant change among providers and, as a result, change the world for the better.
Consumers already have so much information and data on their phones and already have the power to change.
With these kinds of tools in their pockets, the power to change will literally be at our fingertips.