Can open data play a role in the organization of shame?
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"The United Nations is also a leader in open data practices. The United Nations Development Programme, for example, has for many years provided data on the Human Development Index. Various UN agencies, such as the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunications Union, provide country-level and aggregate data on the themes that they are tracking, such as child mortality and Internet penetration rates. There have also been many efforts to provide data on the progress and high-level commitments to the Millennium Development Goals. But why are these initiatives important? Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently talked about the importance of holding UN member countries accountable for their commitments to the Millennium Development Goals, saying: “We cannot afford to leave the poor event further behind.” His comments are reminiscent of those of United Nations Declaration of Human Rights principal drafter John Humphrey, who wrote in 1974: “It seems to me that in so far as human rights is concerned, a solution has been found in what may be called the organization of shame. Most governments, including international governments, are sensitive to world public opinion.” At stake, therefore, might be important UN objectives: peace-building, social progress and the enhancement of living standards and human rights worldwide...."