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The Global Impact of Open Data by Stefaan Verhulst, Andrew Young

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Part III. Case Studies: Empowering Citizens

In a number of cases, open data is empowering citizens to take control of their lives and demand change. The new ways of communicating and accessing information exemplified by open data are enabling more informed decision making and new forms of social mobilization.

The case studies in this section examine:

  • An improved capacity to track school performance and demand improvements in Mexico and Tanzania.
  • More informed decision-making regarding health care by citizens in Uruguay;
  • Crowdsourced confirmation of election results in Indonesia, leading to greater faith and confidence in the political system; and
  • Potential citizen-driven improvements to transparency and accountability among public- and private-sector entities in Kenya.

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