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Crowdsourcing for public policy and government

If elections were invented today, they would probably be referred to as “crowdsourcing the government.” First coined in a 2006 issue of Wired magazine...

How do the mass media affect levels of trust in government?

Ed: You examine the influence of citizens’ use of online mass media on levels of trust in government. In brief, what did you find? Greg:...

Why does the Open Government Data agenda face such barriers?

Advocates of Open Government Data (OGD) - that is, data produced or commissioned by government or government-controlled entities that can be freely used, reused...

Monitoring Internet openness and rights: report from the Citizen Lab Summer Institute 2014

根据相关法律法规和政策,部分搜索结果未予显示 could be a warning message we will see displayed more often on the Internet; but likely translations thereof. In Chinese, this means “according...

The economic expectations and potentials of broadband Internet in East Africa

Ed: There has a lot of excitement about the potential of increased connectivity in the region: where did this come from? And what sort...

Ethical privacy guidelines for mobile connectivity measurements

Ed: GCHQ / the NSA aside ... Who collects mobile data and for what purpose? How can you tell if your data are being...

Responsible research agendas for public policy in the era of big data

Last week the OII went to Harvard. Against the backdrop of a gathering storm of interest around the potential of computational social science to...
Wikipedia

Harnessing ‘generative friction’: can conflict actually improve quality in open systems?

Ed: I really like the way that, contrary to many current studies on conflict and Wikipedia, you focus on how conflict can actually be...

How effective is online blocking of illegal child sexual content?

Ed: European legislation introduced in 2011 requires Member States to ensure the prompt removal of child pornography websites hosted in their territory and to...

How accessible are online legislative data archives to political scientists?

Public demands for transparency in the political process have long been a central feature of American democracy, and recent technological improvements have considerably facilitated...