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 Noise Pollution.

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Connecting to ConnectedChina

I attended a presentation today by Irene Jay Liu, news editor for Thomson Reuters and project leader and editor for ConnectedChina. It was a great demonstration of the app, especially since there is so much to see in the app. It is difficult to understand all its potential unless you see someone using it or you spend a lot of time with it.

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Evolving Information Architecture

Information Architecture is both a familiar and foreign concept to me. As a web developer, I followed lots of tips on how to structure information in a way to make it more useful. Being the kind of person who likes both systems and structure, its principles appealed to me immediately.

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Republic, Lost and #Lesterland

I watched Lawrence Lessig's recent TED talk, in which he makes the argument about the corruption in the United States. I enjoyed it, because I love the ideas in the book. I'm not quite finished, but close. But the TED talk I found a little odd. Specifically, his introduction of this analogous place called Lesterland

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