Personal data has been dubbed the “new oil”, and data brokers are very efficient miners.
Third party data brokers trade in personal information and the industry is worth billions. But the activities of these companies remain largely invisible. It's time to shine a light.
The Open Budget Index gave Australia’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) report a high score of 93.
In it's first inclusion in the Open Budget Index of 115 countries, Australia ranks 12th.
One government transparency movement may now be threatened by the other.
During Sunshine Week, three scholars of government transparency look at a potential collision between the old freedom of information movement and the new open government movement. Is there room for both?
Reports of sexual misconduct by Oxfam aid workers sparked a flurry of other allegations.
To stop sexual exploitation in the aid sector, more self-regulation by NGOs isn't the answer.
For the global tuna industry, which has historically struggled with illegal and environmentally dubious fishing practices, the use of blockchain could be a turning point.
Blockchain is now helping to bring much-needed transparency to the global tuna industry, which has been prone to corruption, human slavery and unsustainable fishing practices.
It’s time to build trust.
Social media companies arose from libertarian, free-market origins but must embrace social benefits and democracy to survive.
The first strategy is to require the public disclosure of country by country reporting of company tax affairs.
The ideas are already out there to tackle some of the tax avoidance highlighted by the Paradise Papers.
The American people used to get more information in common.
Micro-targeted online advertising has destroyed how Americans share experiences and a common knowledge base. The fix for this societal and political problem is as simple now as it was in 1840.
Facebook: what are they really thinking?
Squabbling and poor regulation achieve nothing.
What may be deemed in the public interest today may not be so in a decade’s time.
Despite arguments that it is too loose, ambiguous and easy to hide behind, the 'public interest' is an integral part of the discourse, law, regulation and governance of modern democracies.
President Donald Trump speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
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A scholar argues why more rules, regulations and codes, such as those proposed by Walter Shaub, will not have much effect.
How can we ensure technology brings prosperity to us all?
Political and community leaders must act now to preserve the American middle class and adapt the US economy for the 21st century.
Display of Colombia’s main export countries on the “Globe of Economic Complexity” application provided by The Center for International Development (CID), Harvard University
CID, Harvard University
Can open data change the world? We looked beyond the hype to find out.
Private health insurance allows you to choose which hospital to go to for treatment. But are some safer than others?
Australians can't tell which private hospital is safer then the next because the data isn't publicly available. It's time that changed.
Opening up data and materials helps with research transparency.
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Partly in response to the so-called 'reproducibility crisis' in science, researchers are embracing a set of practices that aim to make the whole endeavor more transparent, more reliable – and better.
While noting the bravery of the police officers involved in the 2014 Sydney siege, a NSW coronial inquest also highlighted that mistakes were made.
Policing culture is often associated with a lack of transparency and a resistance to external examination.
President Donald Trump greets Director of the FBI James Comey in January.
Past presidents have made strange requests of the FBI, some of which were documented by J. Edgar Hoover.
How does bad data affect predictive policing algorithms?
Crime data reflect only what crimes are identified by the police – not all the crimes that occur. So decisions based on crime data are necessarily biased and incompletely informed.
The LinkedIn Terms of Service include elements that prevent scholars from doing research on the site’s algorithms.
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Algorithms can have enormous consequences on people's lives, yet a federal law prevents us from studying whether they may be biased, unfair or discriminatory.
Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton, who has worked with those who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, spoke to an open committee at the Institute of Medicine in February 2015 about the biomedical nature of CFS.
A study that suggested Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was more psychological than physical has been debunked. How did the data get doctored?