Open Data Day 2017: Data Expedition

Open Data Day 2017: Data Expedition by Sinar Project

What is Open Data Day?
Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

Who is this event for?

If you have an idea for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, learn about how to visualize or analyze data or simply want to see what’s happening, then definitely come participate! No matter your skillset or interests, we are encouraging organizers to foster opportunities for you to learn and help the global open data community grow.

What to expect?
1. Learn more about open data.
2. Find out how your local and national government could do more to release open data.
3. Engage local non-profits and companies in the uses of open data for the products and missions
4. Meet & network with tons of cool people in your city and around the world.
5. Voice your opinion & share your ideas with the people and media attending.
6. Find out about apps being created, and get to play around with them as well.
7. Help out with parts of the conceptualization, creation, design, advertisement and testing of apps.
8. Conduct an open tutorial sessions around using open data,like learning how to customize google maps to show the data you want to show.
9. IMPORTANT: Have lots and lots of fun.

So what’s the plan? We are going to do Data Expedition! Again!

What is a data expedition? The big idea is we going to search for data, and use the resulting data.

There’s many approach but our approach of the day is to search for data for an issue. The end goal is we will have enough data to use to produce a story on an issue. If you don’t know how to do things it is fine, through out the event we will teach you how to do things related to what we do.

The schedule are as follows

10:00-10:30 : Basic briefing and introduction
:10:30 – 12:00 : Go on expedition
12:00 – 13:00 : Makan
13:00 – until we are tired : Continue expedition

1. You can RSVP your attendance in our Facebook event page here:

2. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can RSVP your attendance in our Peatix event page here:

What you should bring? Laptops because it will be convenient for the expedition.

Note we might not able to find everything we need, but it is fine. We still need to share the reason we did not achieve our. The idea of civic tech is new in Malaysia, everything we do is new here, and is a lesson that can help future initiative.

More information to data expeditions.


From porn to politics: Malaysian ISPs aid censorship by blocking 39 sites, says study

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Graphics by the Malay Mail Online.

Graphics by the Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — Malaysian internet service providers (ISPs) facilitated censorship in the country by tampering with internet connections and blocking 39 websites, according to “The State of Internet Censorship in Malaysia” study released yesterday.

The study by local open technology initiative Sinar Project and global censorship monitor Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) found the websites blocked included not only pornography, but those on religious and political criticism, and even news sites.

“This study provides data that serves as evidence of the DNS blocking of 39 different websites in Malaysia. Since block pages were detected for all of these sites, their censorship is confirmed and undeniable.

“The blocked websites include news outlets, blogs, and a popular publishing platform (,” said the report. Read more

Lack of government data hindering Parliamentarians, says Open Data advocate


Source: The Sundaily

GEORGE TOWN: The lack of government data for lawmakers may make it difficult for Parliamentarians to do their work in formulating policies to benefit the people.

Open Data advocate Khairil Yusof, who coordinates the Sinar Project website, said Malaysian MPs have asked for statistics 735 times in their questions to Parliament since 2013.

He said the word “jumlah” (totals) appeared 3,453 times and this showed lawmakers were spending their time asking for information and statistics which should be readily available.

“They are wasting time in asking for information which should have been available to the public in the first place,” he said in a forum on using Open Data to fight corruption and improve transparency and enhance accountability today. Read more

Google Hangout – #NetMerdeka: Regulating Malaysia’s Internet

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Your Internet may change if the Communications and Multimedia Act is amended this May.

How will the amendment affect you?

Your internet. Your space. Your say.

Join the conversation with human rights advocates and journalists as we discuss potential impact.

* Boo Su-Lyn, Malay Mail Online
* Syahredzan Johan, Human Rights Lawyer
* Thilaga, Feminist Activist, Justice for Sisters
* Firdaus Abdullah, Blogger, Apanama
* Deborah Brown, Internet Rights Advocate, Association for Progressive Communications

Make yourself heard. Join us at

Organised by the #NetMerdeka Coalition: CIJ Malaysia, EMPOWER, HAKAM, Cilisos, Sinar Project, Amnesty International Malaysia & SUARAM

Malaysian Internet Censorship is Going from Bad to Worse — EFF

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Following our previous articles about increasing political censorship of the Internet in Malaysia, things have quickly gone from bad to worse. In fact since July 2015, the Malaysian government has blocked at least ten websites, including online news portals and private blogs, for reporting about the scandal surrounding Malaysian Prime Minister Najib tun Razak over his mysterious private dealings with $700 million in funds.

Among the latest developments include the state’s blocking of online news portal, The Malaysian Insider, due to their reporting on the scandal—a blatant act of press censorship which drew official comment from the U.S. Department of State. Local activist Fahmi Reza has also come under investigation for his parody clown images depicting the Prime Minister posted to his Twitter account.

And the Malaysian government still clamors for more censorship authority, adding to its existing broad powers under the Penal Code and the Sedition Act. Currently, the government is planning to table the amendments to both the Official Secret Act (OSA) and the Communication & Multimedia Act (CMA) during its upcoming March or May Parliamentary sessions, to strengthen its control over content providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and end users. Read more