November 18, 2010
OpenMedia original article
Open Data Rescues Net Neutrality
By using the data that is open to Canadians, data journalists like Patrick Cain have created a community that has become nation-wide. Cities like Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Winnipeg have joined into this niche of open data enthusiasts.
Now, with this being said, isn’t it always important to know that there are at least some guidelines in place to maintain the integrity of open data journalism? You’re going to love this.
The Canadian government has begun consulting on open data policy. According to Guardian editor Simon Rogers, “Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Edmonton have started getting together to set a series of open data standards.” Developer Jury Konga adds that “Canada is a hive of activity in Open Government and Open Data and I can only see it increasing.”
Opening data, and the neutral Internet that it requires, are essential for our media freedom. Of course, much is still left to achieve. But this spark has great potential to ignite. Let’s watch the net form a beautiful star of pure and unbiased information. Get your sunglasses ready.
Read more at The Guardian.