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Hack the vote: how open data is giving elections back to the voters

Over at the +The Guardian Data Blog, editor +Simon Rogers wrote up his talk from yesterday's online +Strata Conference. (I'll share the archive of the webcast ASAP.)

Rogers did a fantastic job looking at how data journalism is being applied to election tracking around Europe, from England to France to Greece -- and what it means. Here's an excerpt from his peroration:

"The availability of data allows us to seriously factcheck politicians' claims.

As Mark Twain said:
  "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes"

And there is, of course, a lot of big data stories out of these elections, especially when you look at how parties are targeting their campaigns.
But in the end, the important thing about these examples is how the voting data is coming back to the people."
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