I recently asked to see the information held about me by the Acxiom Corporation, a database marketing company that collects and sells details about consumers’ financial status, shopping and recreational activities to banks, retailers, automakers and other businesses. In investor presentations and interviews, Acxiom executives have said that the company — the subject of a Sunday Business article last month — has information on about 500 million active consumers worldwide, with about 1,500 data points per person. Acxiom also promotes a program for consumers who wish to see the information the company has on them.
We hope you all had a wonderful start into the new year! We are happy to present you a little new year’s gift with our current issue of JeDEM:
This special edition of JeDEM focused on Open Government and Open Information brings together a set of papers that contributes to understanding about creating new levels of openness in government and about the related opportunities, challenges, and risks. Collectively the papers inform current thinking about the transformation of government, the challenges and risks of pursuing an openness agenda, and the influence of culture and politics on new technical developments.
Olivier Glassey (Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), Lausanne
Theresa Pardo (Center for Technology in Government/SUNY, New York
Efthimios Tambouris (Technology Management Dpt, University of Macedonia)