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GSMA: Government Needs to Open Data

Michael O’Hara is the Chief Marketing Officer of the GSMA – the association of global mobile operators that, among other things, runs the Mobile World Congress.  The Congress is the largest annual event in the mobile industry – held in Barcelona.

Michael is based in Boston but was in the UK last week presenting at a number of events.

Michael is an advocate of open data – publicly available data sets – to allow amalgam services to be built and made available to mobile devices. In this short interview I ask him why it’s important that government and city authorities make available data for website and app developers.

(Somewhat ironically, when interviewing Michael I received a text message about 26 seconds in to the interview – so no need to check your phone).


By Jeffrey Peel

Editor, Citizen20Series and MD, Quadriga Consulting.I am responsible for all site content and have overall responsibility for site editorial, as well as site membership.

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