This policy paper assesses the importance and tangible benefits of implementing Open Public Data guidelines. It presents two case studies of possible electoral fraud in the Lebanese 2022 parliamentary elections and employs statistical anomaly detection to showcase how open data can uncover such irregularities.
Globally, open data has helped improve transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption efforts. Estonia’s experience demonstrates how digitisation and open data reforms can combat corruption and enhance development. Lebanon has also seen the positive impact of open data initiatives. Projects like the Data Liberation Project, Shinmimlam, and the Gherbal Initiative have all boosted transparency using public data sets, exposing connections among public figures, and providing valuable resources for researchers, journalists, and citizens alike.
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