The governance gaps that armed insurgents fill

A brief but interesting TED talk by policy analyst Benedetta Berti about when and why armed groups (insurgents, militias, terrorists) get involved in politics and start providing social services. She notes that war has changed: it less often involves a state fighting a state. “Of the 216 peace agreements signed between 1975 and 2011, 196 of them were between […]

In praise of open New Zealand

I’m heartened by some ‘open’ developments in New Zealand. Firstly, kudos to Nat Torkington and Glen Barnes for setting up http://opengovt.org.nz, a website that promises to catalogue any government data that’s publicly available for download and further use. This is cool. It can become a useful port of call for anyone looking for data to […]