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Open Data and Public Perceptions of Transparency

This graduate project examines the effectiveness of e-government technology implementation by government and its affects on citizen perceptions of government transparency. Transparency helps citizens maintain government accountability, develop greater trust for government, and ultimately bolster the legitimacy of government. The research proposes the use of a quantitative study which reaches out to registered and unregistered users of the City of Los Angeles open data portal through an online survey questionnaire. While the study is specific to the City of Los Angeles, research findings and conclusions can be generally applied to any government entities that employ the common open data portal technology suite. The survey of actual users will provide practical insight for the potential improvement of e-government technology.

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