The Social Impact of Open Government Data in Hong Kong: Umbrella Movement Protests and Adversarial Politics
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AbstractWhile there has been much anticipation that open government data (OGD) would increase the inclusion of marginalized groups in government decision-making processes, researchers have found little evidence of it. Such findings or lack of findings of social impact have led researchers to call for critical review of present notions of OGD’s impact and also for better theoretical frameworks. In response to these calls, we develop a theoretical framework based on an ethnographic study of civic use of OGD in Hong Kong. We argue that constrained by the deliberative democracy models that focus on existing mechanisms of political participation, researchers have tended to overlook the use of OGD for protests, contestation, and other expressions of adversarial politics, which also produce a use of OGD for social impacts.
All Author(s) ListAmanda Meng, Carl DiSalvo, Lokman Tsui, Michael Best
Journal nameINFORMATION SOCIETY
Year2019
Month8
Volume Number35
Issue Number4
PublisherTAYLOR & FRANCIS INC
Pages216 - 228
ISSN0197-2243
eISSN1087-6537
LanguagesEnglish-United States
Keywordsadversarial politics, contestation, data intermediaries, deliberative democracy, Open government data, participatory democracy, social impact

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