Privacy and Open Data Research Briefing

13 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2016

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Alexandra Wood

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

David O'Brien

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Urs Gasser

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Date Written: September 26, 2016

Abstract

Political leaders and civic advocates are increasingly recommending that open access be the “default state” for much of the information held by government agencies. Over the past several years, they have driven the launch of open data initiatives across hundreds of national, state, and local governments. These initiatives are founded on a presumption of openness for government data and have led to the public release of large quantities data through a variety of channels. At the same time, much of the data that have been released, or are being considered for release, pertain to the behavior and characteristics of individual citizens, highlighting tensions between open data and privacy. This research briefing offers a snapshot of recent developments in the open data and privacy landscape, outlines an action map of various governance approaches to protecting privacy when releasing open data, and identifies key opportunities for decision-makers seeking to respond to challenges in this space.

Suggested Citation

Wood, Alexandra and O'Brien, David and Gasser, Urs, Privacy and Open Data Research Briefing (September 26, 2016). Berkman Klein Center Research Publication No. 2016-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2842816 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2842816

Alexandra Wood (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

David O'Brien

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Urs Gasser

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

HOME PAGE: https://cyber.harvard.edu/people/ugasser

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