Author Archives: jwyg

Towards a New Politics of Public Information: From Opening Up Datasets to Reshaping Data Infrastructures?

Today I’m giving a working paper exploring a politics of public information that goes beyond a focus on the disclosure of datasets and looks towards interventions into the data infrastructures through which they are produced. The paper was co-authored with Tim Davies at the University of Southampton and will be delivered at the Open Data […]

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Talk on “Using Data for Science Journalism” at International School of Science Journalism, 10th May 2015

Today Liliana Bounegru and I gave a talk at the International School of Science Journalism in Erice, Italy about the uses of data in science journalism. The slides from our talk are included below. In addition to the talk we ran a workshop on how to design data projects – which resulted in project briefs […]

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Talk on “Digital Transparency and the Politics of Open Data” at King’s College London, 8th May 2015

I was invited to give a talk at a conference on the “Politics of Big Data” at King’s College London, which took place yesterday. I spoke about “Digital Transparency and the Politics of Open Data” and gave an overview of several ongoing research projects around these topics. The abstract for the talk was as follows, […]

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On Critical Theories and Digital Media

The following is a review of David M. Berry’s Critical Theory and the Digital (London: Bloomsbury, 2014) and Christian Fuchs’s Social Media: A Critical Introduction (London: Sage, 2014) which was published in Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 2015, Issue 1: Pirates & Privateers. What might critical theory contribute to the study of digital media? And […]

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Dutch student protests ignite movement for the democratisation of universities

An edited version of the following piece appeared in The Guardian on 17th March 2015 with the title “Dutch student protests ignite movement against management of universities”. For other pieces in the Guardian see my contributor profile.

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New research project to map the impact of open budget data

I’m pleased to announce a new research project to examine the impact of open budget data, undertaken as a collaboration between Open Knowledge and the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam, supported by the Global Initiative for Financial Transparency (GIFT). The project will include an empirical mapping of who is active around open […]

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Guardian piece on why open data matters for social justice and democratic accountability

This piece was originally published in The Guardian on 20th February 2015 with the title “Five ways open data can boost democracy around the world”. For other pieces see my Guardian profile. On 21 February, thousands of transparency activists, software developers, designers, researchers, public servants, and civil society groups are gathering at more than 100 […]

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New research project exploring tensions between open data, data protection and privacy

I’m pleased to announce a new research project exploring the tensions between open data, data protection and privacy. The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Institute for Information Law (IVIR) and the Digital Methods Initiative (DMI) at the University of Amsterdam. It is funded by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. I’m involved […]

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Deadly Crossings: the Berlin Wall and the US-Mexico border

Inspired by a social media post from the historian Richard Drayton comparing fatalities from crossing the Berlin Wall and the US-Mexico border, I decided to have a quick look into the numbers and created this quick chart using Infogram. Starting with Wikipedia articles on deaths from crossing the Berlin Wall and the US-Mexico border, the […]

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Interview on Russia Today about social spending in UK

Following is a clip from a live TV interview I recently gave on RT (formerly “Russia Today”) about the gap between public perceptions and the numbers on benefit fraud and social spending in the UK. Interview on Russia Today about social spending in UK from Jonathan Gray on Vimeo.

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