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Wednesday, July 16 • 14:00 - 16:00
Power, politics, inclusion and voice

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This session will explore issues related to the intersection of the open movement with people, power and politics.

Data, information, knowledge is created in a political environment where power dynamics dictate who is/is not included in the creation process. Unless we consider who is involved in knowledge construction we run the risk of simply entrenching existing power structures. If open data is dominated by data produced in the Global North what chance do we have in redressing the balance of power for an equitable world?

At the same time, the political arena also offers opportunities to use data and information to deliver change, and challenges to doing so effectively. How can we use open data to positively influence politics and governance? And how can we avoid the pitfalls?

The session will unpack these issues, focussing on the following: What do we mean by inclusion and diversity? How are different sources of knowledge valued? Are we empowering the powerful? What are the political threats to open initiatives, and how can we address them? What are the political levers we can use to deliver change?

Session hashtag: #OKFestPower

This session was co-created by the Open Development Open Knowledge Working Group. This session remains editorially independent as it was put together in consultation with the Programme Team following the same guidelines as for other sessions at the festival. 

This year, Making All Voices Count are supporting this session and we’re grateful to them for making this conversation possible at the festival. This session remains editorially independent as it was put together in consultation with the Programme Team following the same guidelines as for other sessions at the festival. For more details about programme sponsors see our Sponsors page.  

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Samantha Custer

Director of Policy Analysis, AidData/College of William & Mary
Samantha directs AidData’s policy and communications efforts to encourage greater visibility, uptake and use of open data for decision-making, advocacy and research. She leads AidData’s work to produce rigorous policy analysis on development investments and results, as well as... Read More →
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Duncan Edwards

Programme Manager, Institute of Development Studies
Duncan Edwards is the Programme Manager of the Research and Evidence Component of the Making All Voices Count programme. Making All Voices Count aims to find new ways to make it easier and less costly for citizens to engage with those that govern and for governments to become more... Read More →
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Ben Taylor

Open Development Consultant, Twaweza
Ben Taylor is an analyst and activist who works on citizen voice and open government with Twaweza in East Africa. Twaweza, which means “we can make it happen” in Swahili, is working to enable citizens to exercise agency and governments to be more open and responsive in Tanzania... Read More →
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Kersti Wissenbach

Independent Consultant & Researcher, Independant Consultant / University of Amsterdam
Kersti is an independent consultant and researcher in the field of transparency and accountability, open development and ITC4D. She lives in Amsterdam and works as policy and strategy advisor, campaign strategist and trainer around the globe with activist groups, NGOs and governmental... Read More →

Wednesday July 16, 2014 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Space S5 Kulturbrauerei

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