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  • 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

    1. 1. Solving the Democratic Deficit: the role of open data and intermediaries Mark Frank, Phil Waddell University of Southampton 21/5/14
    2. 2. Intermediaries But need: • Skills • Time • Resources • Motivation Are necessary:
    3. 3. How Open Data might Address the Democratic Deficit Transparency ↓ Accountability ↓ Trust Engagement  Support  Consult/Protest  Deliberate  Collaborate
    4. 4. Hypotheses about Intermediaries Aim Hypothesis Increased transparency The role and motives of intermediaries will not change although it may significantly change their methods and effectiveness. 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.
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