Open Data photo by Descrier, CC BY 2.0. “To increase integration and efficiency of an electronic-based system of governance in order to achieve clean, effective, transparent and accountable governance as well as to improve quality and reliability of public services.” This is the main reason for the issuance of the new Presidential Regulation Number 95 […]
Teenage clicks: can teens protect their privacy on social media?
This post was written by Michael Cañares, Web Foundation Senior Research Manager, and was originally published by the Web Foundation. “Sometimes, I feel like I don’t have privacy anymore. Even if I do not post often in my accounts, people will still see me in tagged posts, comments, from albums of someone else. Social media has […]
“ForEveryone”: A Movie Screening & Discussion on the History and Future of the World Wide Web
On December 13, we are hosting a film screening and discussion on the past, present and future of the World Wide Web. The event, free and open to the public, will take place at Ruang Serbaguna of the Ministry of Communications & Informatics in Jakarta and is hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications […]
Keeping elections free and fair in the age of digital campaigning
This post was written by our Policy Director Craig Fagan and Senior Advisor on Digital Rights Renata Avila. Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter. Free and fair elections lie at the heart of democratic politics. Since representative democracy became the world’s dominant system of government, electoral authorities, parties and citizens have fought – and often struggled – to keep elections fair. […]
‘Open washing’: Flawed Freedom of Information in the Philippines
This post was written by Michael Cañares, regional research manager at our Open Data Labs Jakarta and was originally published by the Web Foundation. Photo © Newspaper Club, CC BY-NC-ND. As a citizen of the Philippines, a country that has been without a right to information law for more than 20 years, I find today — the International Day for […]
How are open data and public service innovation connected?
On March 22, we’re hosting an event at the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucracy Reform in Jakarta: “Innovation in Public Services through Open Data: Learning from Indonesian Cross-Sectoral Champions”. The event will have two components – a forum and an exhibition – and aims to introduce the different actors implementing innovative, open data-driven solutions to […]
From Placard to Policy: Why capacity building matters
How Indonesian civil society used open data to shift mining policy At the Jakarta Lab, we’re lucky to find many reasons to celebrate – from what we do, to where it takes us and what we learn along the way. Just recently, we had another reason to be proud of our work: our partner GeRAK […]
Open data and freedom of information: complements or competitors?
Can open data improve people’s access to information? Michael Cañares, Regional Research Manager at the Open Data Lab Jakarta looks at how citizens in Banda Aceh used Indonesia’s Freedom of Information Act, and how open data worked to bolster citizen participation. If you’re heading to IODC, join him at the Open Data Research Symposium and […]
Banda Aceh: Where Good Coffee and Open Data Meet
My passion for open data almost rivals that of my passion for coffee. Almost, because nothing beats good, fresh, strong coffee. So naturally, it’s a win-win experience for me when these two could meet – even abstractly – through one of our projects! Banda Aceh’s taking big steps towards becoming an open data champion Banda […]
Build, facilitate, celebrate: A look back at our 2015 highlights
2015 is almost over, and it’s paved the way for a lot of learning for us. We took on the challenge of listing down five out of the many Lab highlights for 2015. To know what they are, read on! We celebrated our official launch! The Open Data Lab Jakarta officially launched on 5 February. […]