11/08/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/08/2018 10:34
While the model needs some refinement, it has clearly shown that this is a fruitful avenue for further research.
As with all technology, it has its limitations and could be captured for private or commercial advantage, or be misused, and thus help perpetuate certain current, irresponsible trading models.
To mitigate these risks, we believe that open source development - the process of making computer code and its outputs freely available to all - is a critical exercise for accountability organisations like ours. It creates information infrastructures that serve the public interest and produce knowledge that can be used by everyone.
The alternative is that technological innovation takes place within proprietary walled gardens. Proprietary systems can reinforce the information asymmetries where certain powerful actors - whether governments, companies or individuals - supress information, which they themselves use to their advantage.
We are seeking to work with technologists in DRC and elsewhere to refine and investigate applications of the programmes we have produced. If this is you, please get in touch here: [email protected].
DataKind have open sourced all the code produced and we hope that this can kickstart innovation for social good in this area. For developers, civic hackers and academics interested in building on the model we created, the source code is available on Github here.