“Data craft” is the term Acker coins for all those “practices that create, rely on, or even play with the proliferation of data on social media by engaging with new computational and algorithmic mechanisms of organization and classification.” This report elucidates what metadata is, how...
The data science boom shouldn’t be limited to business insights and profit margins. When used ethically, big data can help solve some of society’s most difficult social and environmental problems.
Governments around the world are tightening control over citizens’ data and using claims of “fake news” to suppress dissent and erode trust in the internet, as well as the foundations of democracy, according to this report.
This research reviews different emerging digital and disruptive technologies in relation to housing. One key conclusion is that the sharing or ‘gig’ economy, with the likes of Airbnb, is already disrupting the housing sector.
Another major government digitisation scheme - digital identity - is set to cause controversy and risk further disempowering Australians in the absence of clearer policy and legislative controls.
The My Health Record (MHR) system is an online folder of summary documents relating to a healthcare recipient's health that can be controlled by the individual. MHR can be used to record information such as allergies, blood test results or medical conditions a person has...
This report argues that today’s digital advertising infrastructure creates disturbing new opportunities for political manipulation and other forms of antidemocratic strategic communication.
Making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable is an important but challenging goal. This paper will describe how Fedora supports FAIR data principles, both in terms of relevant features and community participation in related initiatives.
Cities are increasingly taking actions such as building code enforcement, urban planning, and public transit expansion to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in their communities and municipal operations. However, many cities lack the quantitative information needed to estimate policy impacts and prioritize city actions in...
The 2018 Open Data report pulls back the curtain on digital government to show how New York City collects data, how data powers city operations, and how publishing that data publicly creates value in communities across the five boroughs.
This year's report features NYC...
Digital technology could deliver enormous socio-economic benefits across Britain. At the moment, the development and adoption of these and future technologies have been almost entirely market-led, with little to no strategic policy response from governments around the world.
Big Data and Big Analytics have policymakers in a frenzy. In some parts of the world this is leading to regulation that provides greater protection for privacy. But what does privacy have to do with competition?
There are heated debates about whether stricter privacy...
If citizens have open access to data and can shape policy will they have more faith in government and the law?
The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Attorney-General’s Department’s design of the Data Retention Industry Grants program, including performance monitoring, reporting, evaluation and assurance arrangements.
This paper explores the fundamental questions facing the copyright system in the new industrial and digital era. It considers a broad range of issues including the evolving concept of authorship, originality, exhaustion issues, and the fair use or fair dealing doctrine in the new global...
Values and ethics are not esoteric, relative or fuzzy: they’re practical, accessible and essential. Technologies embody the ethical frameworks and the values of the societies that create them, and as they continue to inform the administrative foundation of governments, shape societies, and affect the health...
Cities are becoming a major focal point in the personal data economy. In city governments, there is a clamour for data-informed approaches to everything from waste management and public transport through to policing and emergency response. This report is about why and how city governments...
When we talk about the government data that needs to be protected for national security reasons, classified information—related to defence and intelligence services—often takes precedence. But what about the protection of unclassified, open-source government data?
The Australian government recognises that the data it holds is a strategic national resource that holds considerable value for growing the economy, improving service delivery and transforming policy outcomes for all Australians. This paper outlines key concepts and principles which may guide development of the...
This report argues that democratic governments must become more proactive in countering the CCP’s extension of social credit. This includes planning ahead and moving beyond reactive reciprocal responses.