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Opening the Floodgates — Open Data in Panama
September 6, 2017

Data journalism faces a plethora of challenges in Panama. No Panamanian media outlet has a serious data journalism team, and storytelling often misses out on data and the context it could provide. There are enormous difficulties in accessing...

Navigating Stormy Waters —’s Lessons for Global Open Government Advocates
September 1, 2017

Welcome back to the second part of our interview with Chia-Liang Kao of In the last edition of Open & Shut we spoke about the influence of the Open Knowledge Foundation rankings upon Taiwanese open data policies, and the general state of the...

Oceans of Data — and Taiwan’s Open Data Model
August 29, 2017

Taiwan has been ranked #1 in the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Global Open Data Index for the last two years. Taiwan’s ascendance has been astonishing, rising from #36 in 2013, to #11 in 2014, and claiming the top position in 2015 and 2016. it has...

Meeting Nepal’s Open Data Revolutionaries
August 24, 2017

Hi there! This week we’re turning to the Himalayan nation of Nepal — perhaps not the first place that comes to mind when thinking about open data pioneers — but we believe Nepal is an interesting case study in lots of ways. We’ll be looking at some of...

Championing Government Transparency in Iran
August 22, 2017

Today we’d like to showcase some exciting new Iranian transparency initiatives that we highlighted in the latest edition of our monthly Filterwatch series monitoring internet freedom and related policy developments in Iran. In July’s edition...

How Bollywood Broke the Internet Archive
August 15, 2017

On August 7, the Indian government blocked access to the Internet Archive — the web’s largest nonprofit library, consisting of millions of free books, movies, music, software and websites. And nobody knew why — until yesterday. The producers of two...

Welcome to Open & Shut!
July 31, 2017

Hello there! Welcome to Open & Shut — a new blog dedicated to exploring the opportunities and challenges of working with open data in closed societies around the world. Although we’ll be exploring questions relevant to open data practitioners...