The way in which the state takes on a moral role in society is not fixed; it is heavily influenced by history and culture and is persistently reshaped through democratic participation. Beyond regulation, a suite of government policies, from economic development to infrastructure, inform and influence the defined or blurred line between market and state, including the values that are exerted in these policies. Open government data is a policy issue that sits in this context and straddles the dividing line between market and state. Consider open government data as data that the government publishes for anyone else to use. The core idea explored in this paper is whether human behavioural data may warrant exemption, for the time being, from publication by the government through its open data programs due to the potential for this data to be used to further commodify human behaviour.
Open Data Endgame: Countering the Digital Consensus
CIGI Paper No. 186