Data Governance: We must be careful how data is used in fighting COVID

Originally published in the Standard, April 3, 2020 Times of crisis require difficult trade-offs between competing public interests. On one hand for example, the government has announced a curfew as a means to working to halt the spread the COVID-19 virus, and on the other, there are challenges with contraventions of constitutional freedoms like the …

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Last year, I attended the very successful Africa Open Data Conference and there I said some things that I was later told are unpopular within the Open Data industry – particularly in the civil society. On reflection, I find that I still stand by what I said then. In a nutshell: Motivations for Open Data …

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Essential Question: Can Open Government Really Change the World?

I have just started the six-week academic sessions of the Washington Fellowship at the Arizona State University. During this time, I shall spend my time learning and considering many aspects of civic leadership and most of all, I shall be considering an essential question, which is the over-riding reason why I do what I do or …

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Open Data Day Kenya a major success!

  Open Data Day Kenya was a huge success. I am so proud of the Open Institute Community team (Led by Simeon Oriko – pic left) who coordinated with volunteers and communities in three cities – Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi. So many great outcomes that will be blogged in the course of the next couple …

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Open Data Day #KE is here!

I am so excited. The International Open Data day is coming up on February 22, 2014 and in Kenya, we are holding it simultaneously  in three cities – Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. Simeon, the Open Institute’s community manager and his team at OI have been working with communities in Nairobi at Pawa254, Kisumu at LakeHub and the …

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