Article: The Next Industry Open Data Will Shake Up

Civil Society, Data, Innovation, Open Source

The Next Industry Open Data Will Shake Up

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.

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Article: Balancing data rights is about protecting human rights

Data, Open Source

Balancing data rights is about protecting human rights 

Governments and their citizens can no longer avoid these questions, as we work together to tackle climate change, racial injustice, gender inequality and other defining challenges of our age. We need to establish policies and practices that show how to govern data for the public good, while keeping those in power in check. This kind of commitment can help restore public trust and maximize benefits, from closing gender and racial gaps to dealing effectively with future pandemics. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

Article: Will Blockchain Disrupt Government Corruption?

Blockchain, Governance

Will Blockchain Disrupt Government Corruption?

At its core, the problem blockchain seeks to address is to ensure the security and integrity of information at a time when there is increasing concerns about data privacy and declining trust in government. It is a technology that allows one to record assets, transfer value, and track transactions in a decentralized manner, ensuring the transparency, integrity, and traceability of data without a central authority to authenticate the information. It is essentially a system to encrypt information and a shared database. It is based on a consensus mechanism amongst trusted parties to certify the information and validate transactions.

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Yoda: Kim DotCom to Launch Alternative Internet

Advanced Cyber I/O, Autonomous Internet, Collective Intelligence, Software

By the people, for the people’: Kim Dotcom to launch alternative internet

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom says he will help facilitate an unobstructed internet, free from prying eyes, through MegaNet, which will operate without IP addresses. The German entrepreneur is currently resisting extradition to the US from New Zealand over alleged copyright infringement.

Dotcom, who believes the internet to be a new frontier of rough-and-tumble lawlessness like the Wild West, previously described his alternative internet idea as “indestructible, uncontrollable & encrypted”.

 

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