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Blog revamp

I've made some design changes to this blog. For those who are interested, here are the details. Read the full post »
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Encryption & the King of Denmark

A proposal to encrypt all email traffic from server to server. Read the full post »
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Dogfood and disruption

The new "Development Tracker" website launched in beta by DFID is disruptive in two important ways: one which will appeal especially to open data geeks, and one which will appeal to development geeks. (I am proud to call myself both.) Read the full post »
Aaron Swartz at Boston Wiki Meetup

Development and the death of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, who died on January 11th, worked and fought for key freedoms of our time: the right to information, to share knowledge and ideas, and to speak freely. This blog post considers the importance of these issues for development, and what we might do to continue his fight. Read the full post »
Justine Greening speaking at the DFID Omidyar Network Open Up! conference

DFID transparency policy is a game-changer

Christmas came early yesterday for campaigners for more effective and accountable aid, with an announcement from DFID which has raised the bar for aid transparency. Read the full post »
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World Bank gets open; Google not so much

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This blog post first appeared on the Center for Global Development Views from the Center on March 30, 2012.

The World Bank has responded to concerns about its recent agreement with Google with a welcome announcement that it will only … Go to to read the rest

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Don’t be evil (World Bank & Google edition)

A concern about a World Bank deal with Google: once any data goes in to Google Map Maker, it all becomes the property of Google. Read the full post »