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This presentation uses the emerging debates centered around violence against women in India to stage an intervention around the general consensus that the opening of government data can have a significant positive impact in the creation of safer and more inclusive cities.
The usefulness of open data to the general public largely depends upon two factors- the interface through which the public can access and make sense of this information, and the data practices embedded within the specific institution providing this information. While the first issue can be resolved through smart technological interventions, the question of data practices is inherently a political one.
How do you affect the data practices of large government institutions to be more receptive toward public need? What is the urgency to ideate such strategies? These questions will be discussed by using a publicly accessible crime map made available by the Cyberabad Metropolitan Police as a case in point.