Grant for open data and privacy research

IVIR and the Digital Methods Initiative of UvA's Media Studies department have won a grant from the University of California's Berkely Center for Law and Technology.

Public sector bodies are viewed as key sources of open data. Governments around the world have made opening up data a priority and an integral part of their wider open government agendas. However, there are widespread concerns that releasing government data sets with personal information threatens privacy and related rights and interests.

The project Reconciling Fair Information Principles and Open Data policies examines this tension between open data policy and privacy norms. Legal analysis will be informed by results of state-of-the-art digital research methods. The empirical study will highlight which actors (e.g. government, civil society, private sector) are talking about open data and privacy, what issues they are concerned about, and how these issues are being presented

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