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Tuesday, February 7 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Panel: Power & Diplomacy: When Open Data and Realpolitik Collide - Emma Thwaites, ODI & Gavin Freeguard, ODI & Fransizka Putz, Wikimedia Foundation

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The utopian promise of the Internet was to democratise knowledge and promote free and open culture. However, efforts by some actors have contributed to the emergence of closed spaces of data sharing and access, which has perpetuated many of the same power structures and concentrations that exist in the offline world.

In this session, the panel will consider how compatible the ideals of open data are within a world that is increasingly characterised by conflict, competition and growing scepticism towards further globalisation.

The panel will discuss the prospects for open data initiatives that are vulnerable to this challenging geopolitical context. Topics to be discussed include the resilience of data sharing to political interests and the weaponisation of data and its infrastructure.

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Gavin Freeguard

Interim head of public policy, Open Data Institute
Gavin Freeguard is a freelance consultant working on research, policy and advocacy around data, digital government and data visualization. As well as special adviser and interim head of policy at the ODI, he is an associate at the Institute for Government (where he was previously... Read More →
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Emma Thwaites

Director of Corporate Affairs, The Open Data Institute
Director of Corporate Affairs for foundational UK data organisation, the ODI. Working with an award-winning team on a stand-out brand. Helping lead the business to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem.Exec Chair for Allegory - an agency I founded 10 years ago to provide strategic... Read More →
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Franziska Putz

Movement Advocacy Manager, Wikimedia Foundation
I'm Ziski (she/her), an Austrian-American with an unpronounceable nickname and fascination with how digital technologies are changing the way we understand and address social inequality...and whose voices are heard in those discussions.I've been a community organizer, top-performing... Read More →

Tuesday February 7, 2023 1:00pm - 1:30pm GMT
St James, 4th Floor Queen Elizabeth II Centre