open source all public policy modelling
As increasingly complex mathematical models shape public policy and ultimately our lives, the assumptions behind and workings of these models are often only known to a few experts who have access to them. True it is that many of us might not understand such models but we have a right to know the workings so that we can question them. It ultimately takes grass roots groups like the Open Energy Modelling Initiative to set themselves up and share information to the public , in that case , on models shaping energy policy in Europe. Whereas there should actually be automatic publication on the workings and assumptions of any models shaping public policy, so those who are interested, self educated, inquiring or just plain gurus on that topic can contribute their knowledge to any debates, if they have something to say.