As open data movements are affecting governance around the world, an increasingly interconnected China may be next.
As governments and citizens compile more and more information, big and open data is becoming the new normal in the West, as is the case in the U.S.
China seems to look at the “open” part of big data with both curiosity and hesitation. It is already making a difference though. Citizens in Yunnan province, for example, have been able to examine how cancer cases and water quality may be connected in the emergence of “cancer villages.” And Chinese people and foreign investors alike are now getting the whole picture of air, soil and water pollution across the country.
Will the Chinese government embrace open data though at is sheds light on some of the negative aspects of contemporary China?
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Andy Shuai Liu | China Open Mic
Andy Shuai Liu is the founder and editor-in-chief of China Open Mic, a blog that offers an open and comprehensive perspective to inform and transform thinking on China in global development. Andy was also a production manager and broadcast journalist with China Central Television (CCTV), covering international affairs and entertainment at global events from the United Nations conferences to the Academy Awards. @ChinaOpenMic
Rebecca Chao | TechPresident
Rebecca Chao is an associate editor at TechPresident, a blog that looks at how technology is changing civil society and governance. She has written for The Atlantic, The Guardian and CNN, among others. @RebeccaChao8
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