21 September 2017
OPEN AND SHUT
Opening Up Data in Closed Societies
You're invited to join us for a one-day conference bringing together the open data community at Friends House in London on 21st September 2017 from 9AM to 5PM.
Space for participants is limited and we anticipate lots of interest! So, if you're interested in coming, please register by 14 September 2017.
Who are we?
Small Media is an organisation working to support freedom of information and freedom of expression in closed societies and restrictive environments. We created the Iran Open Data portal for Iran, and are engaged in a host of other data-driven work to support human rights across the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
In order for the open data community to succeed in these challenging contexts, it's essential for open data experts, practitioners, and civil society organisations to come together to share their knowledge, discuss their experiences, and shape new ideas.
We need to tackle questions such as:
How do you open up data in places without transparent governments and freedom of information laws?
What are the ethical issues faced in working with data in closed societies?
In what ways can open data practitioners work collaboratively across borders?
How can the technologies used by the open data community be adapted and localised effectively?
How do you measure the impact created by open data in closed societies?
That's why we are organising the Open & Shut conference, to bring together global experts and practitioners with first-hand experience working on open data projects in closed societies.