Cabinet Office and Civil Society Network meeting – 25 Oct 2012

25th October 2012

Present Simon Burall (Chair; Involve), Andrew Parsons (Public Concern at Work), Anthea Seles (International Records Management Trust), Ilaria Miller (Cabinet Office), Maurice Frankel (Campaign for Freedom of Information), Melissa Lawson (Tearfund), Sophia Oliver (Cabinet Office), Tim Hughes (Involve) Catch up Members of the civil society network reported on the process and outcomes of the 11…

UK civil society meet to explore shared vision for open government

11th October 2012

This network met today (11th October) at the Free Word Centre, London to explore a broad agenda of open government issues, and work towards a shared vision for open government priorities. The meeting split into two parts. The morning consisted of an introduction to, and updates on, the OGP process, with input from Charlotte Alldritt,…

UK release strategy/vision for role as OGP Lead Co-Chair

26th September 2012

Today, the UK Government took on the role as lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, alongside the other co-chairs – the government of Indonesia, and the International Budget Partnership. To co-incide, the Government has published a list of four priorities for it’s time as lead co-chair. These can be found in full on the…

Event: UK Open Government Partnership (OGP) Civil Society Network meeting

25th September 2012

Please register to join us for a full network meeting on the 11th October in London. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global effort to make governments better by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. The UK government was a founder member of the OGP and is currently co-chair…

What is on the UK OGP calendar?

30th August 2012

With the 2013 Open Government Partnership plenary now pencilled in for October 2013 in London, it might seem like the OGP calendar is a little sparse, but there are quite a few events and activities coming up. Drawing on recent conversations with Cabinet Office, and wider OGP calendars, here’s a quick overview of some upcoming…

UK Government publishes social media guidance for officials

28th May 2012

Right at the bottom of the UK Open Government Partnership Action Plan is a commitment that: To embed social media as a mainstream channel used routinely to engage with citizens, business and internally, the Government will develop practical guidelines on departmental access to the internet and social media channels and last week the Cabinet Office…

UK Present Action Plan at OGP Meeting in Brasilia

18th April 2012

Tim Kelsey, Director of Transparency and Open Data from the UK Cabinet Office has just presented on the UK Action Plan at the OGP meeting in Brasilia. Hopefully a recording of the presentation and the slides used will be available shortly, but for now, below are some brief notes jotted down during the session: Tim…

UK Civil Society Perspectives on National Action Plan

16th April 2012

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations have produced a collaborative analysis of the UK National Action Plan and wider open government policy environment. All countries subscribing to the Open Government Partnership have to submit submit a National Action Plan (NAP) based on the principles of open government that are articulated in the OGP Declaration.

OGP countries score badly on access to company information

16th April 2012

New report finds serious deficiencies in access to information about companies in countries signatories to the Open Government Partnership. The report by Opencorporates presented at the OGP meeting in Brazil looks at government sources such as business registers in forty countries. Its main findings are listed below: 
OGP countries score badly for open access to company data, with an…

Following OGP Brasilia online

14th April 2012

On April 17th and 18th the first annual OGP meeting will be taking place in Brasilia. At this meeting, the membership of the OGP will formally grow from the eight founding countries, welcoming 46 new members, each of whom will share their own National Action Plans of open government commitments. The UK government will be…