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Smart disclosure apps can spur community engagement on consumer issues

by: Amy Gahran |

Every day companies and government agencies gather lots of data on U.S. consumers -- and in aggregate, that data can help consumers in your community make better decisions. Several mobile and web apps from Data.gov (as well as other organizations and developers) leverages "smart disclosure" to put data about and concerning consumers to good use. Sharing these apps with your community could spur constructive exploration and examination of important local issues.

Writing for O'Reilly Radar last year, Alex Howard explained: "Smart disclosure is when a private company or government agency provides a person with periodic access to his or her own data in open formats that enable them to easily put the data to use. Specifically, smart disclosure refers to the timely release of data in standardized, machine readable formats in ways that enable consumers to make better decisions about finance, healthcare, energy or other contexts."

Data.gov has published a gallery of free smart disclosure apps. Examples include:

Data.gov notes: "This gallery highlights only a fraction of the kinds of applications that Smart Disclosure can make possible." Other Smart Disclosure apps are mentioned in Data.gov's consumer forum.

Amy Gahran

Amy Gahran is a journalist, editor, trainer, entrepreneur, strategist, and media consultant based in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to writing
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