Open Data

MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What lessons can the GLA learn from LOCOG's temporary blocking of the 2012 Ticket Alert Twitter account and the widespread outrage that followed? How can these lessons be applied to the operation of the London Data Store?


Answer for Open Data

Answer for Open Data

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I generally support technological solutions such as the 2012 ticket alert service, and encourage the secondary use of all public data for the development of private sector business and public value. In blocking this ticket alert service Ticketmaster were attempting to prevent touts snapping up tickets and selling them for a profit, and inadvertently affected this legitimate business.