Today starts the 3rd Open Data Conference 2015 , the Future of Open Data (free information) is of Huge importance in the information society we are living in.
You can follow all the conference with live stream http://opendatacon.org/
in my Opinion the stakes are high for the future of humanity in a connected digital world:
Open data world = Empowered Netizens = Collective evolution with Open data Curation
Closed Data world = Big brother world