Privacy and Open Government

Teresa Scassa
2014 Future Internet  
The public-oriented goals of the open government movement promise increased transparency and accountability of governments, enhanced citizen engagement and participation, improved service delivery, economic development and the stimulation of innovation. In part, these goals will be achieved by making more and more government information public in reusable formats and under open licences. This paper identifies three broad privacy challenges raised by open government. The first is the possible
more » ... d to recalibrate the balance between privacy and the goals of open government, particularly those of transparency and accountability. The second challenge flows from the disruption of traditional approaches to privacy based on a collapse of the distinctions between public and private sector actors. The third challenge is that of the potential for open government data -even if anonymized -to contribute to the big data environment in which citizens and their activities are increasingly monitored and profiled.
doi:10.3390/fi6020397 fatcat:34awe75m4ndbbnlecvbexvkc2i