In The Information Debate, Openness and Privacy Are The Same Thing

In The Information Debate, Openness and Privacy Are The Same Thing

Martin Tisne is a director of policy at Omidyar Network where he leads policy, advocacy strategy and related investments for its Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative. How to join the network We’ve been framing the debate between openness and privacy the wrong way.  Rather than positioning privacy and openness as opposing forces, the fact is they’re different sides of the same coin – and equally important. This might seem simple, but it might also be the key to moving things forward around this crucial debate.   Open data advocates often suggest that openness should be the default for all human knowledge. We should share, re-use and compare data freely and in doing so reap the benefits of innovation, cost savings and increased citizen participation — to name a just a few gains.

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