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50 reasons why governments shouldn’t release data

The Sunlight Foundation, the Washington, D.C.-based good government group, reached out to government staffers to create a list of the 50 most common arguments they've heard against releasing data. They include staffing and manpower concerns ("We don't have the people to do that"), privacy concerns and more.

Philadelphia's City Hall. Photo by Mark Headd.
Full Disclosure: This Sunlight Foundation blog post was prompted in part by Technical.ly cofounder Chris Wink.

Why shouldn’t a government release data?

The Sunlight Foundation, the Washington, D.C.-based good government group, reached out to government staffers to create a list of the 50 most common arguments they’ve heard against releasing data. They include staffing and manpower concerns (“We don’t have the people to do that”), privacy concerns and more.

Find the list here.

In an effort to further the open data conversation, Sunlight wants to hear from you: have you experienced pushback around releasing data? How did you handle it? Leave comments here or email local AT sunlightfoundation.com

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