Quartz: More African governments are enacting open data policies but still aren’t willing to share information

There’s a lot of great stuff in Quartz: More African governments are enacting open data policies but still aren’t willing to share information. “Despite well-earned reputations of authoritarianism and conservative attitudes to governance, it turns out more African governments are opening up to their citizens in the guise of espousing transparency and accountability in the conduct of their affairs. However, in truth, a government saying it’s allowing citizens to access data or information is very different from the actual practice of enabling that access. For the most part, several governments’ open data initiatives often serve far more mundane purposes and may not be the data that citizens really want—the kind that potentially exposes corruption or laxity in public service.” Actually this sounds kind of familiar.

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