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Secret government contracts stop citizens knowing if outsourcing works

The following piece is cross-posted from The Guardian. The past few months have seen a significant backlash against government outsourcing and the privatisation of public services. A series of high profile controversies around outsourcing giants such as Atos, G4S and Serco have shaken the public’s faith in politicians’ claims that privatisation gives citizens a better […]

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The Data Journalism Handbook now freely available in 12 languages

I was recently surprised with a preview copy of a new Greek translation of the Data Journalism Handbook, which I co-edited along with Liliana Bounegru and Lucy Chambers. This will be the twelfth language the book has been translated into so far. At the time of writing translations are also available and forthcoming in Arabic, […]

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Secret government contracts undermine our democracies. Let’s stop them.

I’ve just written a piece for Open Democracy about a new global campaign to stop secret government contracts, coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation. You can read it here and sign up to the campaign here.

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A Small Sebald

A small effigy of W. G. Sebald holding a copy of his book The Rings of Saturn.

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The Snowden leaks are about much more than state surveillance

My review of The Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s new book The Snowden Files in OpenDemocracy argues that the Snowden leaks are about much more than state surveillance.

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The UK’s new Lobbying Bill is a farce

The UK’s new Lobbying Bill will do nothing to fight the malign influence of big money in politics, I argue in a piece for Open Democracy.

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Mapping the Cultural Commons

Following is the text of a keynote talk I gave at an event organised by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in Paris last week, also cross-posted on the Ministry’s Culture Blog. After the event, Aurélie Filippetti, the French Minister for Culture and Communication, announced a new partnership to begin to map the public […]

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The Business of Transparency

Following is the full version of an article that was recently published in the Guardian, arguing that the nascent ‘open government’ movement should focus on social justice and enabling citizens to hold power to account, rather than wealth creation and the technology industry. “In all parts of the world, we see the promise of innovation […]

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Recomposing Scholarship

Following is the text of my talk at the Open Access Futures in the Humanities and Social Sciences event in London earlier this week, cross-posted from the London School of Economics ‘Impact of Social Sciences’ blog. I’d like to start off by raising the question: what is research? Perhaps we might be tempted to talk […]

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Goethe and Hegel discuss Hamann at a tea party

On October 18, 1827, Goethe gave a tea party in honor of the philosopher Hegel, who had come to Weimar to visit him. Although each of the men genuinely respected the achievements of the other, we know from a first-hand report of the discussion that the radical difference in their basic philosophical positions emerged in […]

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