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Re: How the New iPhone Will Expose Cities Lagging on Open Data -
"I'm not sure this piece is drawing the right conclusion. I can easily make the case that Apple's move will have the opposite impact argued above. Many transit authorities may see this as a reason NOT to do open data. They will see this as an opportunity to re-assert their brand by publishing their own exclusive app - branded by them - that iPhone users will have to use. They could even use this as an excuse to stop sharing GTFS data with google (or anyone) by arguing that now users can use "an app." This would, of course, be a disastrous outcome for both open data and for transit. While I hope the outcome laid out above comes to pass, I think a piece that suggests Apple is doing a good thing on this front is deeply problematic and rewards them for what could end up being behaviour that undermines much of the good work achieved in this space to date." -
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