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Kenya launches Open Government Data Portal

On Friday July 8, Kenya will launch an Open Government Data Portal making their government the first in Africa – and one of the first in the world – to be entirely data transparent.

With this launch, Kenya will become a leader among developing countries in the adoption of open data—a movement that is gathering momentum globally.

But the implications of such radical transparency for a government frequently ranked among the most corrupt in the world are immense. In an interview, Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Information and Communications, agreed that open government will “completely change the way the government deals with the public and will strike a huge blow against corruption. There has been some resistance — the Planning Ministry refused for a whole year to give us their data — but we have convinced them.”

Ndemo also says that “the state’s ultimate aim is free mobile calls and e mail for every Kenyan who wants them, which he estimates at 60% to 80% of a population of 40 million. The driving principle behind his digital zeal is that “the Internet is a basic human right” and a necessity for economic growth.”

However, it remains to be seen exactly what material is released and how easily accessible it will be for the public.

You can read more about the launch event here.

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Bitange Ndemo is quoted from the TIME article -  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2080702,00.html#ixzz1RJjpiwXL

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