David Eaves: Leadership, Not Laws, Is Key To Promoting Open Government
Eaves is a public policy entrepreneur and expert on issues surrounding open data and open government. He argues that: "Even more than programs and regulations, an open government is the result of culture, norms and leadership. This culture is driven right from the top." Legault, he laments, may not have much of a chance in favor of loosening the strict guidelines keeping government scientists from openly dispersing their research. And, he adds, this could lead us into a massive paradox in the future—where the world we live in allows for information to be shared more readily but the individuals who can give that information remains just out of reach.
An advocate for the importance of transparency in government, Eaves is a trusted voice on the open data and open information movements. Comfortable advising clients in both the corporate world and the government, Eaves explores the benefits to opening things up, how to do so, and how we can all engage in a more open and accessible future.