7.30 - 7.45pm: Introduction to Data Journalism Awards by competition manager, Kuek Ser Kuang Keng
7.45pm - end: Promoting open data and data journalism in Myanmar with Yan Naung Oak
Over the past decade, open data and data journalism have become widely practised all over the world. But how about in developing countries that are transitioning from an environment where transparency is very limited, and journalists face a whole slew of obstacles? In this talk, he will recount the lessons learned about the challenges involved in working with the government, civil society and journalists in Myanmar to promote the release of more open data, and developing data literacy skills among journalists. We will also discuss the extent to which efforts at promoting open data and journalism are genuinely beneficial to a developing country, or if the costs of such efforts exceed their benefits.
About the speaker:
Yan Naung Oak is a freelance data visualization designer, as well as an open data, data literacy, and civic tech advocate. He splits his time between Phandeeyar, an innovation hub in Yangon, to build up an open data community in Myanmar, and School of Data, where he supports data literacy training for civil society organizations and journalists all over the world.