Open Data

Call for Paper Proposals

July 2, 2013

Call for Paper Proposals

The Role of Advocacy in Media and Telecom Policy

A by-invitation experts’ workshop
New America Foundation
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013

CGAP's Technology Blog: From Social Protection to Financial Inclusion and Beyond

November 26, 2012

This post was orginally published on CGAP's Technology Blog.

The idea that linking social protection payments to financial inclusion initiatives can reduce poverty is gaining increasing traction. In February of this year, CGAP published a paper on Social Cash Transfers and Financial Inclusion. In April, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held a workshop examining the potential of financially-inclusive electronic G2P payments. One of the core goals of the Better Than Cash Alliance, launched in September by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, UN Capital Development Fund, USAID, and Visa Inc., is to reduce the reliance on cash for G2P and other transfers in order to improve the effectiveness of aid.

The Agony and Ecstasy of Open Data

  • By
  • Adam Sneed,
  • New America Foundation
September 7, 2012 |

In early September, Future Tense— a partnership between New America, Slate magazine, and Arizona State University — helped organize a three-day conference and hackathon in Mexico City focused on open data and open government. Future Tense Researcher Adam Sneed reports on the highlights:

The Most Important Information Missing From Yelp

  • By
  • Alissa Black,
  • New America Foundation
September 5, 2012 |

Having recently moved to a new city, I turn to Yelp whenever I am in need of a new restaurant, store, or even a refrigerator repairman. But as I learned the hard way, while Yelp can help me find the best calamari, it won’t tell me whether the restaurant has been spanked by the local health department.

IDL Launch Party Invite

July 18, 2012

Remember how the Internet community stopped SOPA?

Come on out to Irish Whiskey this Thursday at 8pm for the official launch of the Internet Defense League (IDL), a network of people and organizations committed to defending the open Internet. The goal of IDL is to sound the alarm quickly to millions of users whenever the Internet is in peril.

Call for Paper Proposals *(extended to July 25, 2012)*

July 16, 2012

Is it working? Evaluating and assessing broadband policy

A by-invitation experts’ workshop

New America Foundation

September 19-21, 2012


Open Data Movement

  • By
  • Alissa Black,
  • New America Foundation
July 2, 2012 |

The open data movement is taking root at the local level. Since President Barack Obama’s 2009 memorandum on transparency and open government, has reported that more than 40 state, county, and local governments in the United States have put data catalogues online. Open data policies typically define open data as structured standardized data in machine readable formats published for the public. This means that government data can be downloaded in such formats as CSV, KML, XML, and even XLS. Sharing information is not new.

Using Data to Help End Poverty

June 28, 2012
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Over the past few years, there has been a growing movement towards improving data collection, evaluation and data sharing across sectors. On Wednesday, June 27th, the Grameen Foundation and the World Bank participated in a discussion titled Using Data To End Poverty: How macro- and micro-data improve development interventions.

During the event, panelists Samantha Custer and Emily Tucker discussed how they are using data within their respective programs to alleviate poverty and how data insights can create more effective development interventions.

Development as Freedom: The World Bank’s how-to series “Amplifying Citizen Voices through Technology” (PART 2 OF 2)

June 27, 2012

The evaluation framework we commented on in a recent blog post is only one part of the World Bank’s series of handbooks on rethinking approaches to the use of information and communication technologies for development [ICTD].

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