Research on Open Data and Transparency


How is new technology re-shaping politics?

This blog aims to bring together new research on Open Data and Transparency. It will look at the impact of Open Data and new Information and Communication Technology on government and politics. It will also follow the emerging theory and evidence in the UK and elsewhere  asking:

  • Does Open Data increase transparency and accountability?
  • What other benefits can it bring?
  • Does it have any unintended consequences?

Who I am

My name is Ben Worthy. I’m a lecturer in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Since 2011 I have been studying the impact of Open Data and the new Transparency Agenda in the UK.

My latest work looks at the impact of the publication of all spending over £500 at local government level since 2010. You can see a conference paper here, some evidence given to the Public Administration Select Committee here and talk to the Open Data Institute here.

I have also written extensively on issues around Transparency and Freedom of Information. I was previously Research Associate in Freedom of Information at UCL’s Constitution Unit-you can see the results of the FOI team’s work here.


Staff web page

View my research on my SSRN Author page:

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