Points of View


New consultation document confirms that sweeping restrictions to FOI being considered | Campaign for Freedom of Information

13th October 2015

The Campaign for Freedom of Information, an OGN member, published the following press release in response to the Commission on Freedom of Information’s call for evidence. Sweeping restrictions to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act are being considered by the body set up to consider the legislation, according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information.…


8 case studies which show why we need to #saveFOI

9th October 2015

Those of us who work in improving governance, and challenging government to be more open and accountable, can sometimes overlook the fact that most people don’t see the world through the prism that we do. When we talk about making government more transparent, or accountable, or participatory, sometimes we don’t tell the story about why…


The Open Government Partnership: How far have we come?

25th September 2015

The UK’s 2013-15 OGP Progress Report was published on Wednesday. Here Ben Worthy, the UK’s Independent Reporting Mechanism researcher, reflects on progress since the publication of the UK’s second National Action Plan. The UK government is now nearing the end of its Second National Action Plan created as part of the Open Government Partnership process.…




The OGP must be deep as well as wide if it is to have meaningful impact for citizens

6th August 2015

The recently formed Northern Ireland Open Government Network is pushing for devolved regions to be included in the UK’s next national action plan. The Open Government Partnership has spread rapidly since its inception in 2011 and now boasts 65 member countries with more likely to come on-stream soon. However whilst this undoubtedly registers as a…


Faces of the UK Open Government Network – Prateek Buch, Evidence Matters

3rd August 2015

Open government can be an abstract idea. We want to give people a better idea of what it is, and who is in the UK Open Government Civil Society Network. We’ve asked some existing members of the network to give us their thoughts on what open government means to them, why it’s important, where they have…


Anti-Corruption: Why open governance matters | Transparency International UK

19th July 2015

Rachel Davies, Advocacy Manager at Transparency International UK and OGN Steering Group member, has written a blog post reflecting on the launch of the process to develop the UK’s third OGP National Action Plan: ‘Corruption hurts the poorest in society, in the UK and abroad. We need to ask ourselves: what kind of society do…