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A pigeon's eye view of open government

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I took my first bird flight over London on Friday courtesy of Pigeon Sim, an app developed at University College of London that simulates flying over the city, drawing on real time environmental data, such as air pollution levels.
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OGP - 'open government'

"This is one further step in lifting what he termed a "cloak of secrecy" and shining a "spotlight on what and where money is really flowing."  This should be an aid in tackling tax issues of concern to OECD and developing countries alike. Indeed Cameron argued that open government must be core to the post 2015 development agenda. The World Bank can play a supporting role on both the supply and demand sides.

OGP commitments portend a flood of new information and it is no surprise that Summit conversations focused on joining up - joining up the different datasets, following the trail of public money, and joining up reformers and activists to ensure that government transparency informs better policy and improvements visible to citizens.  Many of those from government made a clear task of civil society to show that they are using the data so as to justify continued disclosure. But, that should be a shared task - policy makers should be just as avid users as any NGO activist. Rakesh Rajani of Twawezaemphasized that OGP not only brings government and civil society into the same space but creatives shared incentives for them to make openness deliver value.

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4 Big Ideas to Revolutionize Transportation | WRI Insights

4 Big Ideas to Revolutionize Transportation | WRI Insights | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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transport enabling urbanization

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Living Together Tomorrow: Urbanization and Global Public Goods

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Urbanization - "Now we know that cities across the globe—particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and East Asia—are growing fast at an unprecedented scale. Most growth will be in small- and medium-sized cities. Projections range, but most estimate an increase from about 3.5 billion urbanites today to about 4.3 billion in 2025 (Hoornweg and Bhada-Tata, 2012) to 5.6 billion by 2040 (Shell Scenarios, 2013). We also know that demand for resources and services is going to balloon— McKinsey estimates that there will be about 600 million new middle class consumers in emerging market cities by 2025. These folks—roughly totaling the current combined population of the US, Brazil, and Mexico—are going to want more cars, air conditioners, rib-eye steaks, tuna tartar, trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Glacier National Park, and all the other fine things that wealth brings. Who blames them? I sure don’t." Ackn. WB.org

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The Maggie Naude Daily

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The Maggie Naude Daily, by Maggie Naude: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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Development challenge for Africa - WB

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