Looking back- our year in open data and privacy work

Sally Deffor - February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Today picAt the end of this month, the Open Data & Privacy project (funded by OSF) formally closes. Over the past year (during which we implemented the project), Javier Ruiz and I (as the core team) have attempted to gingerly …

Data and Privacy: as Discussed in the Internet Monitor 2014 Report

Sally Deffor - January 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

During the latter part of last year, I started collating all the relevant literature available on issues pertaining to personal data and privacy. This isBlog_Jan15 contained in a catalogue of resources maintained on the Personal Data & Privacy Working Group …

Challenging the ‘Open by Default’ Principle at Open Up? 2014

Sally Deffor - November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Personal Data & Privacy Working Group was invited (along with 17 others) to present our work in a demonstration booth at the well-attended Open Up? 2014 event at the Dutch Center last week (November 12) in London. It was …

Responsible data in development

Zara Rahman - November 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


In mid-October, on behalf of the Personal Data & Privacy WG, I joined a group of development data experts from around the world, to co-author a book on the topic of responsible data in international development. We launched the first …

Reflections on #Mozfest 2014

Sally Deffor - November 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

From 24th to 26th October, I participated in my first ever Mozilla festival. With 11 tracks ranging from  Build and Teach the Web, to Community Building, and numerous parallel sessions and activities, it was quite difficult deciding where …

Is privacy (and internet security) on the open development agenda?

Sally Deffor - October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized


De Balie, Amsterdam. Photo credit: www.planetxam.nl

Last week saw the open community move to Amsterdam, for DownScale2014 at VU University Amsterdam (on Wednesday October 8), and Open Development Camp (ODC) 2014 on October 9 and 10 at De Balie.

One …

Balancing the Benefits of Openness with the Risks of Privacy

Sally Deffor - September 12, 2014 in Uncategorized




I attended the UK Anonymisation Network (UKAN) Symposium which was held at the Wellcome Collection in London yesterday, September 11. It was a great opportunity for my colleague Javier Ruiz (of ORG) and I to connect face-to-face with …

Why privacy is less nebulous than it’s sometimes made out to be

Guest - August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

This guest post is by Walter van Holst.

The complexities of the notion of privacy

Two recurring themes in conversations about privacy and personal data are that privacy is such an abstract concept, and that public data can’t be …

When Open Data and Privacy meet: perspectives from the community

Sally Deffor - August 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

The need for open data practitioners to connect more often with those who work with personal data, as well as privacy advocates (as alluded to in previous blog posts on this platform) was underscored by the discussions from June’s Open …

The privacy, ethical and security concerns of open discussed at OKFestival 2014

Sally Deffor - July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

Festival bannerOKFestival 2014 was a phenomenal event during which over a 1,000 individuals gathered to discuss and share ideas around the transformative power of open knowledge (information, data etc). However, also on the agenda was the crucial issue of how to …