This week in Transparency/Accountability

Great work on data immersion programs from the UK ODI

http://www.theodi.org/events/immersion-programme

Broaden, deepen and connect data – the OKF conference 2013 will be Sept 17-18th in Geneva

http://blog.okfn.org/2013/03/21/announcing-the-open-knowledge-conference-2013-open-data-broad-deep-connected/

UK joins the 0.7% club. “There is no peacetime precedent for a 37% increase from one year to the next in the budget of a UK government department.”

http://www.cgdev.org/blog/britain-joins-g-07

Alan Hudson on phantom firms and dodgy deals

http://www.one.org/international/blog/?p=11165

Interesting, controversial article on ‘why the rich don’t give to charity’

http://www.one.org/international/blog/?p=11165

Critiques of ‘open’:

Steve Song: “we see openness emerging as a western agenda with the implicit assumption that open = good and by extension more open = more good.” http://manypossibilities.net/2013/03/right-openness/

Morozov: “For many institutions, “open” has become the new “green.” And in the same way that companies will “greenwash” their initiatives by invoking eco-friendly window dressing to hide less-palatable practices, there has also emerged a term to describe similar efforts to read “openness” into situations and environments where it doesn’t exist: “openwashing.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/opinion/sunday/morozov-open-and-closed.html

And my take on the great work done by the US CTO Todd Park:

http://hbr.org/special-collections/insight/scaling-social-impact/an-all-out-crazy-party-of-data

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