Submitted by OpenPgh on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 19:52
Political dissatisfaction has been the dominate theme of the 2016 presidential election cycle, and it's stimulated non-voters to vote for their first time. While the election of the U.S. President can have a "huge" impact and deserves our attention, exclusively focusing on the top office perpetuates our top-down process of governance which happens to be a bigger problem than who may be governing.
“Open data” is currently a popular topic. By making more public data available for citizens to analyze, it becomes possible for them to better identify ways to improve the effectiveness of public policy and government programs. In doing so, open data offers an important contribution to transparency, however only a small, technologically astute minority of the public has the ability to process much of the raw public data. Though a number of people with the necessary skills are striving to make the raw data usable by the general public, it's not the whole answer.