Police Data Initiative by White House to reform the country’s police departments

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The federal government, concerned citizens and multiple media organizations are working to bring transparency to this issue. In some cases, they’re even working together. Acording to a report extract from Huffington Post In addition to databases at Deadspin, Gun Violence Archive and FatalEncounters.org, The Washington Post is compiling a list of every fatal shooting by a police officer in the line of duty. A list like that, however, would not include Eric Garner and Freddie Gray, both of whom died during their interactions with police without a single shot being fired. The Guardian has gone…

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Evidence is growing of Open Data’s potential economic benefit

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One of the key policy drivers for Open Data has been to drive economic growth and business innovation. There’s a growing amount of evidence and analysis not only for the total potential economic benefit but also for some of the ways in which this is coming about. This evidence is summarised and reviewed in a new World Bank paper published today. There’s a range of studies that suggest that the potential prize from Open Data could be enormous – including an estimate of $3-5 trillion a year globally from McKinsey…

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