Category Archives: Conferences

Opening Government and Closing Civic Space

Last week saw the Open Government Partnership’s annual summit, which this year took place in Paris. Put briefly, the idea behind the initiative is to make governments ‘more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens’. It’s a voluntary club that now … Continue reading

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Open data awards, pigeons and behaviour change

Yesterday saw the Open Data Institute’s Annual Summit, which aims to showcase open data work from around the world and bring together individuals and organisations working with open data in the public, private and third sectors. The highlight of yesterday … Continue reading

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Open data conferences – law of diminishing returns?

Last week I was fortunate enough to be in Madrid for the fourth edition of the International Open Data Conference. With around 2,000 participants, it’s one of the most prominent events of its kind and attracts a fairly global audience, even if most … Continue reading

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The North-South Divide

I don’t think anyone has yet come up with a satisfactory term to describe the different blocs of countries that have historically been described as rich/poor, first/third world, developing/developed or, most recently, Global North/South. All are – to my mind … Continue reading

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Barcelona, civic tech and Minecraft

If I’m being honest, building blocky replicas of real-life places in a digital environment is unlikely to ever make it to the top of my bucket list. It’s also one the of the many reasons I won’t be getting a … Continue reading

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Social movements, global summits and China

Conferences rarely produce wonderfully photogenic moments. Either, speakers are caught at a lectern displaying what may kindly be called ‘conference face’…

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Hub in a Box! What is it and how can you get involved?

The following blog post is reproduced here with the kind permission of the organisers of the Hub in a Box conference currently taking place in Cairo. AfriLabs, iceHubs Global and Impact Hub with openº are co-hosting a Hub in a Box … Continue reading

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