The Internet of Things (IoT) encapsulates the idea that ordinary objects—from thermostats and shoes to cars and lamp posts—will be embedded with sensors and connected to the Internet. These devices will collect a treasure trove of data that can be used to enhance public safety, public health and the economy, while improving society in general for everyone. With this technology quickly becoming ubiquitous, the number of connected devices could exceed 40 billion by 2020, policymakers need to develop a framework that ensures that we will receive the full benefits of this growing revolution. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, Daniel Castro argued that efforts to formulate IoT policy need to balance the need for strong privacy and security practices with continued innovation and technological development.
Open Data in the G8: A Review of Progress on the Open Data Charter
In 2013, the leaders of the G8 signed an agreement committing to advance open data in their respective countries. This report assesses the current state of open data efforts in these countries and finds substantial variation in their progress. Moving forward, countries have many opportunities to enhance their open data capabilities, such as by increasing international collaboration, better educating policymakers about the benefits of open data, and working closely with civil society on open data initiatives.
How Cloud is Driving Tomorrow's Digital Government
Josh New spoke on how the government's adoption of cloud computing services on state, local, and municipal levels is allowing them to better deliver on the promise of open data. Citizens are benefiting from increased transparency, the private sector is benefiting with new business opportunities, and governments are benefiting from the scalability and cost effectiveness of cloud solutions. Cloud computing and open data take two costly inputs--computing power and information--and make them dramatically cheaper. This allows agencies to prioritize another important input: human capital. More and better data, the capacity to make use of this data, and the human expertise needed to carry out these projects are the results of the convergence of cloud computing and open data.
How Open Is University Data?
While many states have joined the open data movement, state colleges and universities have largely ignored the opportunity. This is particularly disconcerting given the many potential benefits of open data for higher education, including increasing transparency, improving efficiency and enhancing research opportunities. Policymakers should investigate reforms that can extend open data policies to public colleges and universities for the benefit of students and taxpayers.