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Open data is fine, but sharing more data won’t solve all problems. What you need to do data properly

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“Data sharing” has become a rather conflated discussion where all data is often assumed to be the same and the same solutions or frameworks that suit one need are assumed to suit everything. There is an overarching and growing myth that sharing more data will naturally lead to better outcomes and that we just need to get around these ‘pesky barriers’ to sharing data and things will be great. Although Pia Andrews still believes open data is important for democracy, economy and society, she knows that when it comes to sensitive data, especially unit record data with personal information, more sharing is simply not always the answer.

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If you can bridge the gap in government silos, you might be a boundary spanner. Here are the seven skills you need to collaborate in government

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While the case for joined-up-government and cross-sectoral partnerships appears to have been convincingly made, the question of how to make this happen effectively still looms large. Many articles and studies focus on the institutional barriers that make it hard for governments to work collaboratively. However, while that is certainly important, Thea Snow focuses on a piece of the puzzle that is often neglected: the role of individuals in supporting collaboration to succeed.

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Most social media platforms weren’t designed for public engagement on policy. How to create media platforms that can ride democracy’s digital highway

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Despite the sheer scalability, connectivity, and use as highways for political messaging and public debate, most social media platforms were not designed with the purpose of engagement on policy issues . The repercussions for governments are not to be taken lightly. So, where do governments begin? Audrey Lobo-Pulo shows the way.

We created the system, and therefore we can reinvent the system: the urgency behind public sector reform

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Even if people are motivated to understand something fundamentally new to their worldview, it doesn’t necessarily translate into how they behave. It is easier to improve something than change it. Pia Andrews provides some food for thought to encourage greater collective urgency for reforming the public sector to reflect the changing world and what sort of future we need and want as a society.

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Speaking truth to power: Shergold’s final speech touts importance of professional public servants in a world of weakened democracy

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Following 'Shergie's farewell tour' last year, Peter Shergold gave his final performance as outgoing IPAA National president at the association's conference in Darwin last week. He reflected on the public service's ability to moderate the damaging impulses of politicians and the importance of non-partisan actors in democratic government.