Democracies are under pressure. For almost 20 years, their number all over the world has not increased, but, on the contrary, has decreased. The A pre-democracy success storytransparency in the work of the state, more participation of citizens and More access to information And data is increasingly at risk. Liberal democracies face threats not only from without, through the rise of authoritarian and dictatorial regimes, but also from within.
in the latest Forsa survey commissioned by the Korber Foundation Only 50% of those questioned stated that they trust democracy in Germany. How can countermeasures be taken here? The answer should be simple: through More sharing. Confidence in and willingness to participate in democracy can only be strengthened if people can participate – also through Use of administrative information. Open societies need open data.
Open data as fuel for the transformation of cities
on me Municipal level Departments have it too Large amounts of information and datathat are collected and processed. To raise these treasures of data, they are also for Civil societyavailable and usable in science and business, will help to better manage the transformational challenges of municipalities.
that range from Innovative mobility concepts in rural areas and shifting traffic in our cities through freight infrastructure or ride-pool offerings, through better use of day care centers for Irrigation status of tree clusters within the city
Or monitor river levels. The provision and use of open data together with new technologies is an important building block for political participation and social sharing to be allowed. They can become drivers of innovation. Open data is not a fun thingbut it is an essential contribution to the strengthening and further development of our democracy.
under the heading Data use and data rights Traffic light government defined itself as much in the coalition agreement at the federal level. Its success is ultimately measured by its implementation. How far countries can go is shown, for example
TaiwanIts democracy is much smaller than that of the Federal Republic, but it is stronger shaped by digitization Become.
One of the driving forces behind the country’s development is Audrey Tang – Minister of Digital in Taiwan since 2016. Remember that the path to a smart city begins with
People cooperate Started. Use Public Law He sees it as key to enabling cross-border collaboration thus to form progress. Their creed is freedom and democracy as a new paradigm collaborative governance to shape them together – in order to ultimately secure freedom for posterity.
More cross-sectoral exchange and shared learning
In addition to looking at the possibilities of giving open data a political impetus, there is also a need for an ongoing space Exchange between management and the civil technology communitybetween politics, economy and society. The Open City Forum regularly invites people to this nationwide exchange, and a whole host of civil society organizations and municipal offices in the field are on their way to give presentations. But so far the debate is about how to unlock the data Contribute to the common good Maybe, more than one specialized topic.
A broader discussion here would be desirable. How can More good examples of open data They are created in such a way as to convince skeptics in administrations, in politics, and in public places? The Publishing, updating and maintenance Open data is resource-intensive, and questions regarding the standardization of machine-readable data must be clarified as well as technical communication mechanisms, data protection, or licensing aspects. Here, it is especially important to better communicate the positive examples already available, whose usefulness and application value are convincing.
in order to
sustainable solutions In the future, reliable structures for cooperation are needed. This can be organized more easily in the appropriate software. This year, the Hanseatic city of Hamburg – in cooperation with the Korber Foundation – and Detmold are the first German cities The local level of the Open Government Partnership
join. This indicates that the areas for testing more cooperation are also becoming larger at the municipal level.
Sven Tetzlaff heads the Department of Democracy, Commitment, and Cohesion at the Korber Foundation. Prior to that, he was responsible for the foundation’s political history projects for many years, such as the History Competition for the Federal President. A trained social and economic historian, he worked after completing his studies on many exhibitions and university research projects. that Open City Forum It takes place on November 17 and 18 in Hamburg and is also in every Live broadcast
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