Laye Kanté, a vision of open data extending to Francophonie

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Abdoulaye Kanté is a consultant in information technology for development (ICT4D) and social media. He is the co-founder of the Link4Dev Group, which advises and supports the development of organizations and States to implement process optimization and productivity through the use of information technology and communication.

His vision of open data extends beyond the African continent, to the Francophonie. He recently founded the Forum francophone des données ouvertes, and dreams about gathering through a conference, a community of open data and open government experts in Dakar, Senegal.

Earlier this year, he wished that his government, Senegal, would have become the Francophone State flagship of the Open Government and Francophonie Project (created by open government activists Lyne Robichaud and JohnFMoore, see the mission report, Longing for open government).

Laye was assigned with high responsibilities as ICT4D manager at NGO Enda Lead Francophone Africa, as well as technical adviser for a number the Department of Information Technology and Communication (ICT) of the Government of Senegal. His areas of expertise are public ICT policies in the context of developing countries and analysis of usage arising from the wave of the Internet community (open data, open government, open innovation, business 2.0, e-gov and mobile development. Laye Kanté is very familiar with the context of the ICT in sub-Saharan countries and is a member of several networks of experts working for the development of information technology in Africa.

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