Can Knowledge Make Authorities Extra Open? People Combined, Ballot Says

People are combined on whether or not or not "open knowledge" initiatives will make authorities officers extra accountable to the general public, in line with a brand new report from the Pew Analysis Middle. Proper now, every thing from crime statistics to marketing campaign contributions to public well being info is accessible on authorities websites like Knowledge.Gov. Most People have used the Web to seek out info pertaining to the federal government, however it tends to be for easy issues like native park hours or directions on methods to renew a driver’s license. Lower than 1 / 4 of the individuals polled had used public knowledge to maintain tabs on how the federal government is performing, based on the report. That could possibly be related with the truth that solely 5 % of People assume the federal authorities does a very good job of sharing the info it collects.

Can Data Make Government More Open? Americans Mixed, Poll SaysPew Analysis Middle

Can that knowledge truly make a distinction? A slight majority (fifty three %) stated that open knowledge might make authorities officers extra accountable to the general public. General, Democrats (fifty eight %) have been extra probably than Republicans (50 %) to consider open knowledge might impression the federal government. Solely 9 % of People thought authorities knowledge was helpful to the personal sector, despite the fact that eighty four % of these with smartphones had used climate apps, which rely totally on knowledge from the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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First revealed April 22 2015, 9:08 AM