Open data, closed government: Unpacking

  • Hallam Stevens


In 2011, Singapore created as an open, online repository for government data. This essay examines this Web portal, the data it contains, and some of the applications that have been built using it and aims to understand the role that plays within the context of Singapore’s continued political and economic development. Although such portals and the data they contain are often presented as offering transformative modes of governance and democratic participation, analysis of shows how the data portal can act to reinforce and entrench existing modes of governance.

Author Biography

Hallam Stevens
Associate professor of history at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
How to Cite
Stevens, H. (2019). Open data, closed government: Unpacking First Monday, 24(4).