Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect

English: Vivek Kundra - United States Chief In...

The Information Revolution by Jenny Li Fowler, Harvard Kennedy School, January 20, 2012

… In a new Shorenstein Center discussion paper titled “Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect,” [Viveck] Kundra[, who served as Chief Information Officer for the Obama Administration (2008-11),] makes four specific recommendations to ensure our society continues to build on and benefit from the power of open data and the so-called “network effect” …

  • Citizens and NGOs must demand open data in order to fight government corruption, improve accountability and government services.
  • Governments must enact legislation to change the default setting of government to be open, transparent and participatory.
  • The press must harness the power of the network effect through strategic partnerships and crowdsourcing to cut costs and provide better insights.
  • Venture capitalists should invest in startups focused on building companies based on public sector data

For the full text of this article and a link to Kundra’s paper, visit Harvard Kennedy School – The Information Revolution.

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One response to “Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect”

  1. CA says :

    One step further in a more theoretical direction:
    Yannick Rumpala, Knowledge and praxis of networks as a political project, 21st Century Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, November 2009
    (available at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/85760369/Rumpala-Knowledge-and-Praxis-of-Networks-as-a-Political-Project-21st-Century-Society1 )

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