Does E-government reduce corruption? Evidence from a heterogeneous panel data model

Paper by Devid Kumar Basyal et al: “The purpose of this paper is to revisit the relationship between E-government and corruption using global panel data from 176 countries covering the period from 2003 to 2014, considering other potential determinants, such as economic prosperity (gross domestic product per capita [GDPPC]), price stability (inflation), good governance (political […]

‘Data is a fingerprint’: why you aren’t as anonymous as you think online

Olivia Solon at The Guardian: “In August 2016, the Australian government released an “anonymised” data set comprising the medical billing records, including every prescription and surgery, of 2.9 million people. Names and other identifying features were removed from the records in an effort to protect individuals’ privacy, but a research team from the University of […]

The Diversity Dashboard

Engaging Local Government Leaders:  “The Diversity Dashboard is a crowd-funded data collection effort managed by ELGL and hosted on the OpenGovplatform. The data collection includes the self reported gender, race, age, and veteran status of Chief Administrative Officers and Assistant Chief Administrative Officers in local governments of all sizes and forms. This link includes background information about the Diversity […]

Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us About Policing and Race

Book by Frank R. Baumgartner, Derek A. Epp, and Kelsey Shoub: “Suspect Citizens offers the most comprehensive look to date at the most common form of police-citizen interactions, the routine traffic stop. Throughout the war on crime, police agencies have used traffic stops to search drivers suspected of carrying contraband. From the beginning, police agencies made it clear that […]

A model to help tech companies make responsible technology a reality

Sam Brown at DotEveryone: “..adopting a Responsible Technology approach isn’t straightforward. There’s currently no roadmap, or even any common language, about how to embed responsible technology practices in practical and tangible ways. That’s why Doteveryone has spent the last year researching the issues organisations face and we’re now developing a model that will help organisations […]

How Charities Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Boost Impact

Nicole Wallace at the Chronicle of Philanthropy: “The chaos and confusion of conflict often separate family members fleeing for safety. The nonprofit Refunite uses advanced technology to help loved ones reconnect, sometimes across continents and after years of separation. Refugees register with the service by providing basic information — their name, age, birthplace, clan and subclan, and […]

Is Open Data Working for Women in Africa?

Web Foundation: “Open data has the potential to change politics, economies and societies for the better by giving people more opportunities to engage in the decisions that affect their lives. But to reach the full potential of open data, it must be available to and used by all. Yet, across the globe — and in […]

Big Data for the Greater Good

Book edited by Ali Emrouznejad and Vincent Charles: “This book highlights some of the most fascinating current uses, thought-provoking changes, and biggest challenges that Big Data means for our society. The explosive growth of data and advances in Big Data analytics have created a new frontier for innovation, competition, productivity, and well-being in almost every sector of our society, […]

The Skeptic’s Guide to Open Government

Open Gov Partnership: “Whether you are inside or outside of OGP, you may not yet be convinced of the benefits of opening government. When you open government, what do you get in return? If you are asking this question, this guide is for you. The guide summarizes what is known about the impact of opening […]