Friday lunchtime lecture: Opening data in closed societies

Friday 29 September 2017, 1:00pm - 1:00pm

Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

Friday lunchtime lectures are for everyone and are free to attend. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

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Working with open data can be challenging in closed societies, where there are no freedom of information laws, where governments lack transparency and where civil society is under scrutiny and control.

Small Media – a London-based research lab and information design studio that specialises in projects supporting human rights – founded the Iran Open Data portal in 2016, and has been building dialogue with activists and civil society working with Iran around the challenges and obstacles they face ever since.

Small Media have recently been focused on building a community of open data practitioners working in closed societies around the world.

Along with exploring questions relevant to open data practitioners worldwide, they have looked at how civil society groups and actors in closed societies are using open data to push for greater government transparency, and to tackle daunting social and economic challenges. These were all discussed at the Open and Shut conference held recently in London.

This Friday, Small Media will share the challenges faced and the strategies pursued in promoting open data in Iran and other closed societies.

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