Officially launched on 4 of December the Open Data Institute (ODI) is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan company that aims to become the UK’s premier academy of big data. Considering the current hype surrounding terms such as ‘big data’, there are some that might view this new initiative with suspicion but the ODI seems part of an understated if confident shift in how the UK is taking advantage of the natural resource of the information age: data.
By James Vincent | | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 at 6:58 pm
Julian Assange’s dramatic flight in June into the Equadorian embassy in London was a moment of high drama as the Wikileaks founder sought asylum given his imminent extradition to Sweden where he faces allegations of rape and sexual assault. His choice of safe haven will have had many in Europe reaching for their world atlases as they tried to identify the precise location of the South American country.
The key to Geoffrey Robertson’s success is not just his skill in the courtroom, but his knack of getting involved in cases that will generate publicity and support for his reforming agenda.
The Wikileaks scandal is more than just a diplomatic scuffle; it’s a war for the future of the Internet
You’ll have been following the Wikileaks saga, of course, because it is novel and interesting. Maybe you like it because it looks like a live action retelling of Enemy Of The State, or because history seems to be in the making. It feels big, doesn’t it? It is, but it’s bigger than that, too: what we’re witnessing right now is the opening of hostilities in the first big infowar. The war for the Internet is very big indeed.
The latest exposure by Wikileaks of thousands of secret documents about the aftermath of the Iraq war has once again provoked debate about transparency and the implications of the indiscriminate cascade of disclosure. Exposures like these and notoriously, the MP expenses scandal before the last election, have fostered the belief that transparency is now a necessary condition for a functioning democracy.
C. W. Anderson notes on the Nieman Journalism Lab blog:
“To understand the world of Wikileaks, and what it means for journalism, you have to understand the world of geeks, of hackers, and of techno-dissidents.”
It’s important to keep that in mind when reading, for example, Archie Bland’s very readable demolition of The Telegraph’s Will Heaven’s [...]
It’s daft to give the Wikileaks founder a hard time for betraying principles of objectivity. Here’s why.
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