City administrations, institutions, and companies are publicly sharing data generated within their systems to add new levels of transparency and accountability.

City administrations, institutions, and companies are publicly sharing data generated within their systems to add new levels of transparency and accountability. Access to this information not only strengthens civic engagement, but establishes a collaborative agenda at all levels of government that empowers citizens through greater access and agency.

Implications

Citizens are given the access and agency to engage with the data that specifically influences them. Communities are empowered to leverage local data and build bespoke services. Increased transparency and accountability. Transparency facilitates confidence. Turns citizens/consumers into collaborators, uncovering new perspectives and potential applications not previously considered. Open data, and open source technology, provide the infrastructure backbone necessary to run a scalable, global and yet, ultimately localized system.

Supporting Examples for Data Democracy

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