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ScopeNI – Making the Global Goals relevant for citizens

5th June 2017

Written by Ryan Miller for ScopeNI Scope talks with the Northern Ireland Environment Link about their plans to improve awareness and understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Some of the major issues in the world would best be tackled by unity across national borders. When some of the truly global institutions set targets for…


Grassroots Democracy Games & the UN Sustainable Development Goals – NI Special Schools having some serious fun!

2nd June 2017

Pupils from three schools participated in a Democracy Games event at Parliament Buildings.  The session, organised by the Northern Ireland Open Government Network and the Grassroots Challenge, was based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  As well as having some serious fun, the event aimed to enhance political literacy by introducing pupils to party politics…


Response to the Law Commission’s consultation: ‘Protection of Official Data’

16th May 2017

Members of the Open Government Network have written to Professor David Ormerod QC, the Law Commissioner for Criminal Law, in response to the consultation paper ‘Protection of Official Data’. The paper proposed changes to the Official Secret’s Act. You can read the full response below. Response to the Law Commission’s consultation: ‘Protection of Official Data’…


Open Government Network calls on all political parties to commit to open government

8th May 2017

The Open Government Network (OGN) has written to political parties ahead of next month’s General Election to call on them to make commitments to open government, particularly regarding the Brexit process. The letter is signed on the behalf of the OGN by its steering committee, and can be read in full below. Your party’s commitment…


OGN meeting with Chris Skidmore, Minister for the Constitution | 5th April 2017

20th April 2017

  Present: Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for the Constitution Thom Townsend, Government Digital Service Will Gerry, Government Digital Service Tim Davies, Practical Participation Michelle Brook, The Democratic Society Rachel Davies Teka, Transparency International UK Gavin Freeguard, The Institute for Government Andrew Parsons, Public Concern at Work Tim Hughes, Involve Matt Harriott, Involve   Introductions: The…


OGN Steering Committee Strategy Session | 15 March 2017 | Meeting note

19th April 2017

Location: Central Working, 231-233 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN Date: 15 March 2017 Introduction On 15th March members of the UK Open Government Network (OGN) steering committee met to discuss the next phase for the OGN. This note outlines the key outcomes and actions from the discussion. OGN members are invited to review the note and…


Launch of Open Government Network Wales at gofod3

17th March 2017

Launching the Open Government Network Wales Jetske Germing, Open Government Wales Officer at WCVA, was at the launch of the exciting new Open Government Pioneers project in Wales last week and here she tells us all about it. Only a short while into the project we feel grateful to have had a high profile opportunity…


2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 1 Feb 2017 | Meeting note

15th February 2017

On 1 February 2017, members of the OGN’s steering committee and government commitment leads met to review the implementation of the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan and the UK OGP process. This note of the meeting was produced by the Cabinet Office. In addition: Progress updates on commitments can be found at: http://www.opengovernment.org.uk/resource/2016-18-open-government-action-plan-february-2017-commitment-progress-updates/  Links to engagement…


ElectionsNI: Assembly Elections #AE17 – We’re back!

15th February 2017

(via ODI Belfast) Well, it doesn’t seem all that long since we were frantically crowdsourcing live elections data for our ElectionsNI project. In fact, it’s only been ten months, but we’re back to another round of elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly. This time round it’ll be every bit as interesting, perhaps more so as people…


Assessment of UK’s 2013-15 Open Government Action Plan published for public comment

6th January 2017

The Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) – which is charged with tracking the progress of countries on OGP – has just published its latest report for the UK for public consultation. This progress report, prepared by Ben Worthy from Birkbeck University, assesses the implementation of the commitments in the UK’s second open government action plan,…

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