There is a lot of hubris about the benefits of open data. Most people want improved financial and political transparency (support for a Federal ICAC confirms this) however political and policy change often arises only after a scandal which has come about as the result of insider whistleblowing rather than access to public facing information. The Panama Papers exemplifies the role of whistleblowers in creating policy window events.
This talk will overview the available open datasets relating to financial and political transparency published by government agencies using a live data transparency project, what can be done with existing datasets and the data quality issues that impact their usability.
Rosie Williams is an experienced citizen journalist and an advocate of note in the areas of privacy and open data. If you have heard of the #CensusFail hashtag then you have seen Rosie's input. Rosie created the first ever implementation of the entire federal budget into an online searchable database, receiving national and international recognition in budget transparency.
Rosie teaches privacy, open data and citizen journalism to the general public, as well as specific audiences through her Sydney based meetup, Sydney Citizen Journalism and online presence at rosiewilliams.com.au