Over the past few years open government data has evolved from a niche concern to one that has been embraced by national government, European Commission and other states and organisations around the globe.
It has been advocated that Open Government Data will expose the inner workings of state institutions and thus enable an environment for greater understanding, accountability and efficiency.
The release of open government data has also been seen as an opportunity to add value to national economies through the creation of new services, new intelligence and a more networked economy through the free flow of data.
But ultimately what are the drivers behind this movement, who are the winners and losers and what should a society based upon open practices look like?
Jo Bates - Academic at University of Sheffield http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/is/staff/bates
Tim Davies - Researcher and Activist http://www.timdavies.org.uk/about/
Javier Ruiz - Campaigner for the Open Rights Group http://www.openrightsgroup.org/people/staff
Tom Slee - Canadian writer and commentator, author http://www.tomslee.net/