Points of View

An action plan for a more open UK government

19th September 2018

The full version of this blogpost was originally published on: https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2018/09/18/an-action-plan-for-a-more-open-uk-government/ Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable. By increasing transparency, enhancing citizen participation or adopting strong accountability mechanisms, reform in favour of open government has led to change…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Untapped Potential

12th September 2018

Written by Colm Burns Having ‘no new ideas’ was the damning verdict from the political parties at Stormont after the latest round of talks with the Secretary of State. Following the meetings, Karen Bradley said she was “determined to deliver” devolved government. “Last week I set out the Government’s clear plan to bring that about…


Making Summits Meaningful: An update following the OGP Summit in Tbilisi

29th August 2018

This article was writted by Transparency International UK At Transparency International UK, we focus on impact; leaders shouldn’t be flown around the world for photo ops or to announce initiatives and reforms they have no intention of enacting. This is why I took to stage at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in July to…


A View from Tbilisi: Youth Participation and Engagement in Open Government

23rd August 2018

This blogpost was written by Maria Stephens, Participation Manager at Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) and UK OGN Steering Committee member. In July I joined the UK delegation to the OGP summit in Tbilisi, Georgia. My work is focused on youth participation and children’s rights and I was encouraged by the OGP Civil Society…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Open government and transparency are positives to be embraced not inconvenient requirements

22nd August 2018

Written by Peter Osborne Open government and transparency is not just a nifty phrase and something to be said because government is required to do it. Transparency is important; and it is valuable and empowering. Unfortunately recent events have meant there has been little debate about the reasons why government should welcome transparency. Instead the…




Openness in Northern Ireland: The Open Government Partnership

26th June 2018

Written by Ben Worthy This month my mid-term IRM report on the UK’s Third National Action Plan was published, covering the UK’s progress up until the end of last year. So where is Northern Ireland in terms of its commitments? Northern Ireland began from a different point than the UK as a whole, and, though…


How government and civil society is collaborating to drive openness – Gila Sacks

11th May 2018

Gila Sacks is Director for Digital and Tech Policy at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Her responsibilities include support for the tech sector and wider digital economy, emerging technologies, digital skills and inclusion, and the societal and ethical implications of technology. Opening up government is a powerful way of building trust…


Know your network: Garth Stewart

24th April 2018

Job title: Web Archivist Organisation: National Records of Scotland Location: Edinburgh Member since: January 2018 Contact me at: garth.stewart@nrscotland.gov.uk, @garthstewart1 on Twitter How would you describe your job to a child? I help select and collect the archival public record of Scotland. The archival public record are those documents which have been produced by successive…

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