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Which comes first: open data or open government?

Though not a new debate, it’s worth revisiting the core arguments around what can or should come first: open data or open government? I was jolted into this discussion again after haphazardly glancing at the World Bank-sponsored “crowd sourcing” process to stimulate ideas for how to make a Smart Rwanda (yes, you can groan a…

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Samantha Power’s nomination: A reflection of Obama’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde approach to open government?

The nomination of Open Government Partnership architect Samantha Power for US Ambassador to the United Nations represents a tremendous opportunity to promote government transparency and accountability around the world, especially in those countries not yet part of the nascent initiative.  (Disclaimer: Jeremy Weinstein, who sits on our board, also worked closely with Power in launching…

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The High-Level Panel Report: Word Cloud Version

If you're like us, it's unlikely you'll have the time to read through all of yesterday's report issued by the High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda ("A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development"). It's kind of a big deal if you are a development nerd (we are not).…

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