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Local government needs to create a culture of openness

The Guardian - "In our rhetoric, we should separate the politics of public accountability from the technologies of open data," tweeted Princeton scholar Harlan Yu.

His latest paper, written with academic partner David Robinson, is a worthwhile read. The gist of Yu and Robinson's argument is that there are two separate, often confused, open government discussions taking place: one about transparency and the functionality of government; the other over public sector information that is both politically neutral and very useful to the public.

Though the British government believes that the latter can help boost economic innovation and cut the cost of delivering public services, I believe we should be talking about the former.