Open data presents tremendous opportunities as well as concerns for IT organizations within government entities, Ben Rooney writes. Benefiting from the use of open data means being able to solve issues related to privacy, security, policy making and judgment in data use. "Digital technology is not about to turn us into some sort of data-driven technocracy. Ultimately, those who make public policy should do so in the knowledge not that the data says something is expedient, but that the voter has the power to say that they lose their job," said Douglas Carswell, a member of Britain's Parliament.

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