Three items here. First a summary of Evgeny Morozov’s treatment of Tim O’Reilly as the bogeyman that distorted “open government” into a dystopia. Amidst the mischaracterisations and polarization features that are the hallmark of Morozov’s interventions, there lies a good point that standard open government approaches may be too reformist and simplyfying. But I fundamentally disagree that because open government and transparency are not sufficient, they are ‘bad’ things, on the contrary, they are necessary building blocks for more fundamental changes. Nothing good can be borne out of ignorance and secret government data. Openness and transparency are the very conditions for civic participation. As they say: necessary but not sufficient.