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I gave a 10 minute talk at the Open Data Institute about the role open data and open culture can play in disrupting the traditional approach of how this sector tackles social problems like corruption and women's empowerment. I had far fewer slides when I gave the talk but I've added more to make these slides useful to people who were not there.
Corrupt power structures grow in closed systems.
OpenCorporates has become the blockchain of
information - connecting companies to each other, to
government contracts, to state-owned companies,
and to who ultimately controls them. But this data is
either in silos of government and aid agencies or
isn’t being collected & published. To win the battle
against closed, we need to come together to unlock,
capture & publish company information.
HOW CORRUPTION, TAX EVASION & ANONYMOUS
COMPANIES AFFECT HUMAN RIGHTS
Will governments and aid agencies can start collecting
data on procurement, contract and company control
to map these power networks? While transparency &
open data can’t put an end to corruption, it
can create an atmosphere that is hostile to corruption.
An immense learning experience
for policy experts opening their minds
to the beauty & value of collaboration
with citizens, survivors, NGOs & ‘non-experts’.
6 ideas. 1 prototype.
The winning team
is still active & is planning to iterate their prototype
with (not for) critically resource-constraint Lebanese
30% cut in funding for legal aid
Cut in funding for domestic violence services
60% women don’t have enough evidence to qualify
for legal aid
And this is just what the situation looks like
for women in UK - a ‘developed’ country.
Imagine the millions of women without
access to justice around the world.
HOW TO BUILD YOU OWN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
CASE WITHOUT A LAWYER
an international open toolkit
How is that a bunch of volunteers & survivors
were able to build this with £300 in 2 months
and organisations receiving millions
in aid money don’t?
How can we create a cultural shift so that all
funders require investee's to openly license
all resources? And build with - not for their