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Submitted by Shanta on

Thanks for your comment. While it's true that big data, open data and feedback loops are not sufficient, it is also true that democracy by itself will resolve the deep and underlying political problems of these countries. Even in countries with competitive elections, such as India, we observe these problems of unemployment, poor service delivery and exclusion (especially of castes and ethnic groups). We need a combination of competitive elections and an informed citizenry to make the system work. The open data-feedback loops are part of the latter. Shanta