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Anyway, while reviewing notes and several links that I gathered after finishing the books, I stumbled upon the following great quote, taken from Morozov's scathing essay on Tim O'Reilly. Being a journalist, you probably understand why I highlighted some sentences:
"How do we ensure accountability? Let’s forget about databases for a moment and think about power. How do we make the government feel the heat of public attention? Perhaps by forcing it to make targeted disclosures of particularly sensitive data sets. Perhaps by strengthening the FOIA laws, or at least making sure that government agencies comply with existing provisions. Or perhaps by funding intermediaries that can build narratives around data—much of the released data is so complex that few amateurs have the processing power and expertise to read and make sense of it in their basements."
This connects (somehow, at least) to what Jonathan Stray suggests in this post, published today: 'Objectivity and the decades-long shift from “just the facts” to “what does it mean?”' Don't miss it.