reduce its precision to lower th…e possible to argue against release under the “personal information” exemptions found in many laws. When releasing individual data, it’s a good idea to reduce its precision to lower the risk of reidentification. One simple method is to, round times to the nearest hour and publish GPS coordinates at no more than two or three decimal places of precision.
…eloped. However, it is clear that accurate data will be a part of any regulatory program. At scale, it may be impossible to enforce rules, such as prohibited riding or parking zones, without precise information about vehicle movements.
…e we acknowledge it. Nothing below would be possible without the active partnership of governments. Civic tech efforts that ignore or disdain the domain knowledge of civil servants rarely succeed; going forward, we need to make long-time public servants founding members of any effort.
… satisfaction, and higher profits. The factor I’ll call minor (and I’m sure some will disagree) was the idea, related to data being public by default, that if all government publications are in the public domain by default, then all government-produced code should also be in the public domain, i.e. open-source, by default — crucially, making it available for the public to review and contribute to. I should probably thro…