2050: The Story of Urbidata

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    At the moment of writing, we are witnessing a data revolution. In this chapter we present our perspective on the direction of the developments in the coming 30 years. By offering both a dystopian and a utopian vision on the (open) data world in 2050, we open the debate on the direction the use of open data should take. This final chapter demonstrates that current developments towards open data, which can be referred to as the democratisation of data, paradoxically result in a very few data companies that have access to significant portions of data available globally including open government data, without sharing these data fully with society. We argue that this skewed balance in the information position of government, citizens and the (big) data companies may result in a dictatorship dominating our information societies over the coming decades. Therefore, we hold that the current open data system should be revolutionised from the democratisation of data available to and controlled by the happy few into a data democracy for all, a true open society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOpen Data Exposed
    EditorsBastiaan Van Loenen, Glenn Vancauwenberghe, Joep Crompvoets
    PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6265-261-3
    ISBN (Print)978-94-6265-260-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Publication series

    NameInformation Technology and Law Series

    Bibliographical note

    Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository 'You share, we take care!' - Taverne project https://www.openaccess.nl/en/you-share-we-take-care

    Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


    • open data
    • open government
    • research challenges
    • 2050


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