[open-development] Event on open data in closed societies in London 21 Sept

Mark Charmer mark at movementdesign.org
Thu Sep 14 10:23:08 UTC 2017

Dear Sander and Tim,

Thank you for your note about this. I’m unable to attend myself, but have recommended this to Cath Everett, a journalist who I work with at diginomica.com – she’s exploring themes related to tech for good, and I’m encouraging her to look at this topic.

I was with my former colleagues at Akvo.org in Amsterdam earlier this week and we all agreed that the need for much more investment in development of skills and good practices around data gathering and publishing in the societies you highlight here is vital. 

I’m happy to help over time, if I can, with bringing these themes to wider audiences. I’ve just been developing a morning show format in Stockholm (with the backing of SIDA and the City of Stockholm) for insertion into cultural, scientific or technology festivals / events, and we’d definitely be able to fit these deeper issues into our format, on a future project in the right location. We’re building proofs of concept to show what happens when you bring artists into scientific and sustainability conversations, and package the recordings well. 

Here’s the prototype, which we just completed at the Culture House in Stockholm: http://www.stamp60.com/the-morning-sofa

I’m happy to come talk to you guys about any of this, if it’s of interest and can help you attract the kind of backers you’d like to draw in.

I hope the event on 21st goes well.

Best wishes,

+44 7976 960739
> On 14 Sep 2017, at 09:58, Sander van der Waal <sander.vanderwaal at okfn.org> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I thought people on this list may be interested in the following event: 
> The Open & Shut conference brings together global experts and practitioners with first-hand experience working on open data projects in closed societies.
> We aim to tackle questions such as:
> How do you open up data in places without transparent governments and freedom of information laws?
> What are the ethical issues faced in working with data in closed societies?
> In what ways can open data practitioners work collaboratively across borders?
> How can the technologies used by the open data community be adapted and localised effectively?
> How do you measure the impact created by open data in closed societies?
> Small Media, who set up the Iran Open Data portal, is organising this one day event with support from Open Knowledge International.
> We hope many of you can join us at Friends House in London on Thu 21 September. Please see the website for more information and registration: https://openandshutconf.com/ <https://openandshutconf.com/>
> All the best,
> Sander 
> Sander van der Waal 
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