META: What discourses shape the way people in this setting talk about and conceptualize civic data infrastructure and capacity, right-to-know, freedom of information, the potential of expanded public participation, and so on?


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Angela Okune's picture
June 27, 2019

AO: This UNDP report illustrates the positioning of "data" within development discourse as a means towards "progress".  In the wake of widespread consensus that Development with a big D a la 1980s did not work, (government open) data is now increasingly positioned as a means towards "sustainable development." In other words, it is imperative to track such progress and data is the key tracking such progress (towards national and SDGs).

The report highlights that the pending issue is: "how to transform the data revolution into a sustainable devel- opment revolution, with accelerating progress towards ending poverty, ameliorating inequality, catalyzing social inclusion and combating climate change."