A global movement to make government “open by default” picked up steam in 2013 when the G8 leaders signed an Open Data Charter - promising to make public sector data openly available, without charge and in re-useable formats. In 2014 the G20 largest industrial economies followed up by pledging to advance open data as a tool against corruption, and the UN recognized the need for a “Data Revolution” to achieve global development goals.
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Via World Wide Web Foundation
As the UN leads a conversation on the need for a Data Revolution to support the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, our research highlights the lack of open and accessible data on the performance of key public services. If the political and social impacts of open data are to be realised, work to increase the supply of datasets from right across government will be needed, alongside sustained investment in capacity building, training and support for effective data use.
As the United Nations prepares to agree a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this September, over 70 organisations — including the Web Foundation — are calling for the goals to include a strong commitment to government transparency, freedom of expression and association, and a free media.
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Myanmar, Haiti and Mali were ranked the least open and transparent countries in a global index of government data released on Tuesday, which found that most governments do not make official data openly available to the public.
“Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries” is the title of a new title in the UNESCO Internet freedom series. With the rise of Internet intermediaries that play a mediating role on the internet between authors of content and audiences, UNESCO took a joint initiative, with the Open Society Foundations, the Internet Society, and Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, to examine this recent historical phenomenon and how it impacts on freedom of expression and associated fundamental rights such as privacy.
Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron incensed the Internet by proposing to ban secure messaging applications, like WhatsApp and Snapchat, unless they install backdoors to allow government spying. Plenty of other services, including Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime, might also run afoul of such a law, the Independent pointed out....
Ben Wizner is a director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Speech, Privacy & Technology Project — which is dedicated to protecting and expanding individuals’ right to privacy, as well as increasing the control that one has over their personal information, ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced, rather than compromised, by new advances in science and technology.
Have you ever wondered how Google crawls and indexes web pages? If you haven't, you should. Why? Because it affects how well your site ranks on Google. In or
Jeff Makana's insight:
Government sites and public institutions sites need to have useful content for public to access information. Without content these sites are just skeleton or empty shelves. Worse we can call them a menu with a price list but missing details of what you are ordering.
In the absence of useful data, Open Governance becomes a challenge with low service delivery affecting the poor by a large number.
Reports in the media regularly illustrate that cyber threats are increasing in their levels of persistence, sophistication and organization: the damage caused by a cyber attack can severely impact a business.
As we discussed in last year’s Global Information Security Survey (GISS) 2013 report, even if you have not experienced an attack yet, you should assume that your organization will have been targeted, or that your security has already been breached.
In our 2014 survey, we discovered that organizations are making progress on building the foundations of cybersecurity — and this progress is important — however, most respondents report having only a “moderate” level of maturity in their foundations.