Interest of Gov’t same as Interests of the people?

Blog Post #1 from the Open Africa Summit, Zanzibar I write this on the flight back to Nairobi from Zanzibar’s Melia Hotel (the subject of its very own blog post later), where I attended one day of the Open Africa Summit. The Summit, brought to one room from all over the world some of the …

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Why not? Why can’t Kenya vote via SMS?

In my last post, I promised to share my musings on the Kenyan elections. I did muse a little on this subject at the NDI Conference on Technology and Transparency and in general, the faces of my audience told me that I am too simplistic and that it is impossible. I am not convinced that …

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NDI Conference: Open Data and Elections

This past week I was invited by the National Democratic Institute team in Kenya to speak at a conference they organised in Nairobo to discuss the elections. They asked me to discuss lessons from the Kenya Open Data Initiative that might be useful in thinking about elections management in Kenya and other countries. In the …

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Kenya Open Data Initiative one year on

I have just returned to Kenya from a week-long trip to Washington DC, where I attended the International Open Government Data Conference (See the liveblog) that was co-hosted by the World Bank Group and the US Open Data Initiative, dubbed data.gov. Coming one year after the launch of the Kenya Open Data Initiative, which I have …

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