the relationship between openness and democracy

Presented by Pia Waugh
Tuesday 2:35 p.m.–3 p.m.
Target audience: Community


What makes a strong democracy? There are lessons to learn from open source and open society that are critical to upholding a strong democracy in such changing and volatile times. How do we ensure power is used for the good of the people? How do we deal with diverse perspectives in a rational scientific way? How do we ensure government is what the people needs it to be? This talk will give some history, co ext, theories and discussion around some big questions.

Presented by

Pia Waugh

Pia Waugh is a free culture, open government and open data ninja [1], working within the machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the public sector and beyond. She believes that tech culture has a huge role to play in achieving better policy planning, outcomes, public engagement and a better public service all round. She is also trying to do her part in establishing greater public benefit from publicly funded data, software and research.

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