Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Government and Transparency

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Monday 12th March 2012

  • Open Data FAIL: How Government Fakes Transparency

    by Jim March and Jeremiah Akin

    This talk will expose the slight of hand tricks used by government agencies to make them appear more transparent than they are. "Transparency" is a common buzz word that suggests that government operates in a manner that is clear, visible, and understandable. Open Data Centers are supposed to increase accountability and transparency in government computer-based operations. However, can you use the data they provide to spot waste or corruption in government? Vote counting used to be a process that people could watch, but now you only see a false replica of the open counting process. Meanwhile the votes are actually counted where they can not be observed. The public needs to be able to differentiate between transparency and transparency theater, just as it needs to learn to differentiate between security and security theatre. Several examples of how government agencies produce this theatre will demonstrate how what is supposed to be transparent is intentionally hidden.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon B, AT&T Conference Center

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