“Transparency is Not Enough”
At Gov2.0 this week, I gave a talk on the importance of information literacy when addressing transparency of government data:
I address everything from registered sex offenders to what happens when politicians don’t like data to the complexities of interpretation. In doing so, I make three key points:
- Information is power, but interpretation is more powerful
- Data taken out of context can have unintended consequences
- Transparency alone is not the great equalizer
My talk is also available on YouTube if you prefer to listen to a different version of the same message (since my crib is what I intended to say and the video is what actually came out of my mouth).