[Reblog]: Why open data and accountability are not the same thing


JUNE 4, 2014, 1:55 P.M.

As advocates both for transparency and for open data, we spend quite a lot of time at Sunlight thinking about precisely how open data relates to government transparency. Though my colleagues and I have provided many examples of how open data can be used to improve transparency, we also know that open data by itself does not automatically produce the transparency that allows us to achieve accountability.

Open data is a tool, not an end in itself, much as a hammeris not an end in itself…

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