By Alex Howard

As we movement into an period of unheard of volumes of information and computing energy, the advantages will not be for enterprise on my own. information can assist voters entry govt, carry it responsible and construct new providers to aid themselves.

Simply making facts to be had isn't really enough. using information for the general public sturdy is being pushed by means of a disbursed group of media, nonprofits, teachers and civic advocates.

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  • Consumer finance
  • Transit data
  • Government transparency
  • Data journalism
  • Aid and development
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According to a 2011 survey from the Pew Internet and Life Project, more than 50% of American adults use social networks, 35% of American adults have smartphones, and 78% of American adults are connected to the Internet. When combined, those factors mean that we now see earthquake tweets spread faster than the seismic waves themselves. Networked publics can now share the effects of disasters in real time, providing officials with unprecedented insight into what’s happening. Citizens act as sensors in the midst of the storm, creating an ad hoc system of networked accountability through data.

Not on its own. As an age of technology-fueled transparency, open innovation and big data dawns around the world, the success of new policy won’t depend on any single chief information officer, chief executive or brilliant developer. Data for the public good will be driven by a distributed community of media, nonprofits, academics and civic advocates focused on better outcomes, more informed communities and the new news, in whatever form it is delivered. Advocates, watchdogs and government officials now have new tools for data journalism and open government.

To arrive at virtuous feedback loops that amplify the signals that citizens, regulators, executives and elected leaders inundated with information need to make better decisions, data providers and infomediaries will need to embrace key principles, as Migurski’s lecture outlined. First, “data drives demand,” wrote Tim O’Reilly, who attended the lecture and distilled Migurski’s insights. org, it made people aware that the data existed. ” Second, “public demand drives better data,” wrote O’Reilly.

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