There have been many claims for how open data might address the democratic deficit. For open data to su
The well known route is greater transparency which leads to accountability and possibly trust. Intermediaries are frequently well established organisations – media, pressure groups, charities, opposition parties, bloggers. Less recognised is the argument for greater engagement. Although this is the one that is actually happening in the local authorities.
Markfrank cedem2014 5 min
Solving the Democratic Deficit: the
role of open data and
Mark Frank, Phil Waddell
University of Southampton
How Open Data might Address the
Hypotheses about Intermediaries
Increased transparency The role and motives of intermediaries will not change
although it may significantly change their methods and
Support (level one) A new type of intermediary is likely to appear based on
satisfying citizens’ demand for helpful information.
Protest/consultation (level two) The role and motives of intermediaries is unlikely to
change although it may significantly change their
methods and effectiveness.
Deliberation (level 3) and
Collaboration (level four)
A new type of intermediary is needed for success and it
is an open question as to whether there are
intermediaries with the right resources and motivation.
Citizen Government ?
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