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ODI Fridays: Open data and China – a ten year review

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Fri May 14, 2021 13:00

How open data has developed in China, and what does and doesn’t work

Join us on Zoom at lunchtime for our regular ODI Fridays talks. Once you’ve signed up, we’ll send you the link to join.

This talk will shed a light on the open data development in China, focussing on key milestones where open data was studied, adopted and re-defined in China.

Dr. Feng Gao, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Open Data China will talk us through what works and what does not about open data in China, and will illustrate the significant differences in open data development between China and western countries. He will also discuss how the ‘re-defined’ open data fits into China’s digital economy agenda and how ‘openness’ may still survive and be re-introduced into China’s data governance.

Please note that the talk is pre-recorded, but the Q&A at the end will be live.

About the speaker

Dr. Feng Gao is the co-founder and managing director of Open Data China, the first civic group and social enterprise in China working on data transparency and digital rights. He led the team implementing Shanghai Open Data Apps (SODA), which is a competition-based open data program and unlocked more than 60 datasets from 30 government agencies and private companies, generated nearly 1000 prototypes and applications, and cultivated several startups with over 100 million CNY investments. Feng is a member of IVLP, and a World Fellow at Yale. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton, and a BE in Computer Science from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

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