The OK Review (Open Knowledge Around the Web) – April 7-12


EFF is Expanding into Student and Community Organizing…
Recent events (which, I’m sure, include the Snowden releases on the NSA) have prompted the Electronic Frontier Foundation to create a student and community organizing program with the goal of creating local organizations to protect our digital rights. Go find out more or join in.

NYT (OpEd) – Eight Problems with Big Data…
A nice list of summarized problems with big data. Worth a gander and some thought.

Massive Open Online Cities: Can Technology and Democracy Create Revolutionary Solutions from the Ground Up?…
Great article considering open government, technology, democracy, urban planning and international development. Brian English comes at it from a urban planning perspective. Also worth checking out our recent interview with Nathaniel Heller from Global Integrity.

Open Data 500…
A list (and more) of corporations using government open data to generate products and services.

The Transformative Impact of Data and Communication on Governance…
Article from Brookings considering how data and new technologies can help fill gaps left by various forms of government (interesting analysis of these gaps as well). A great thought-piece.

The Good Data
A data cooperative that blocks websites from gathering data about you. You can allow it to gather data about you (if you choose). If you do this, you can share the data with the coop, allowing that data to be sold on behalf of charitable organizations.

Data Sales and Security!…

Though this article is about your personal data being sold in Singapore, this is happening everywhere all the time. We are looking forward to an interview with Aral Balkan to talk more about data ownership.

The Library as Third Place…
Many OK Cast interviews return regularly to libraries. Libraries are historically knowledge hubs for communities. They are increasingly also becoming civic hubs, organized as maker spaces, civic tech hosts, and serving many other capacities. Ever since Episode #1 with Annemarie Naylor, we’ve been looking more at the role libraries play in the Open Knowledge / Open Gov / Open Data world.

Open Government Tour…
Richard Pietro – co-founder of CitizenBridge – is going on a motorcycle tour of Canada this summer to promote Open Government! If you’re in Canada, consider joining him on the tour or even volunteering to help facilitate a community meeting at one of his stops. Supported by MakeWebNotWar.


Community Shares,
“Community Shares refers to the sale of shares in enterprises serving a community purpose. This type of investment has been used to finance shops, pubs, community buildings, renewable energy initiatives, local food schemes, along with a host of other community based ventures.”

Us Now – Documentary
A documentary about mass collaboration released in 2009 that we completely missed. Link identified by @RichardPietro.

Alex Fink

Editor & Host at The OKCast
In addition to hosting the OKCast, I am a Ph.D. student in Youth Studies at the University of Minnesota. I study methods of making research to document injustice and resistance available to young people to create social change. My particular focus is on the political economy and ecology of data, including data collection, data use, data access/sharing, data economics, and the ideologies surrounding it.

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