Eventual inconsistency

A friend just sent me a link on ‘Eventual consistency’, a term used to describe a problem of syncing data between cloud servers. This was in response to some bizarre behaviour I have been noticing in Facebook. The term itself, eventual consistency, reminded me of...

Open Data – 2014 Digital 21 Strategy – Public Consultation

Dear Gregory So and the OGCIO, I wished to add some perspective to the role that open data can play in the Digital 21 Strategy. The passage below from the public consultation provides a very simplistic portrayal of how every government should proceed when it comes to...

I’m tired of looking at websites. I want to use them.

The world isn’t getting any simpler. All of us have woken up this century to find ourselves tied down to computers. Our work and life depend upon them. And now, even in light of our privacy being continuously violated, we’re (for the most part), unable to disconnect....

Corresponding in the social net

I must be getting old. I’ve been corresponding with a few people through Facebook’s messages and I’m finding the experience a little disheartening. Perhaps it is because I get these messages, which can be quite long, on my mobile while I am walking around. I want to...

Why is Open Data difficult for Governments?

I’ve been asked this question a lot lately. And recently, a journalist asked me this during an interview for a story on his problem getting data on noise pollution from the Hong Kong Government. Christopher DeWolfe quoted me in the article, Hong Kong’s Silence on...