UK Open Gov

The UK Open Government Network (OGN) is a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency, participation and accountability. The OGN mobilises and coordinates civil society to effectively advocate for open government reforms, and works with government to identify, develop and implements the UK’s commitments under the global Open Government Partnership.


The Extent of Government Procurement

12th December 2018
Starts at 8:45 AM Government procurement: the scale and nature of contracting in the UK The latest report by Institute for Government finds that government spends £284bn – almost one-third of its total expenditure – with external suppliers. Given its scale, government procurement could not easily be abandoned even if politicians wanted. The report says…
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UK OGN Steering Committee Election 2019

11th December 2018
Are you an advocate for open government? Do you want to be on the Steering Committee of the Open Government Civil Society Network? Do you think you have what it takes to help drive open government in the UK? Apply now! Deadline for applications: Monday 7 January 2019 Guidelines: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KGu8DgVjruScpaXMb8iqUeAaqcVP5UVMXNfu9rHW45M/edit?usp=sharing Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/3DkpfRlnKmhlANuY2 In January…
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Campaign for FOI Workshop: Using the FOI Act

10th December 2018
  When: Tuesday 29 January 2019 Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA Time: Registration 9:45 am, course 10 am – 5:00 pm Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how key provisions are being…
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2018 Annual Lecture – Kleptocracy: London and its enabling role in spreading global corruption

7th December 2018
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Transparency International. In that time, corruption has been placed firmly on the international agenda but remains a major global menace. A key player in the fight back is Bill Browder, the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act, US legislation authorising the government to sanction human rights offenders, freeze…
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CONSULCon18

7th December 2018
CONSULCON18 is two days of collaborative work and technical conferences around CONSUL, the largest participation platform in the world based on Ruby on Rails. Free software for participation in politics. CONSUL is a tool that allows a city to develop with little time and safely processes of citizen participation on the Internet. CONSUL is free…
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Public Square – improving local democracy

7th December 2018
Care about improving local democracy, citizen participation, and how decisions are made by local government? Do you have insights into what is already working well, or what the challenges are? Then this event is for you. We’re looking to pull together people from right across the landscape of local democracy – including citizens, community and…
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Democracy Maker Day 2019

7th December 2018
Part of Notwestminster, a free event for everyone who has something positive to say about local democracy and anyone who is up for the challenge of making it better. What is it? We’re holding a Democracy Maker Day where anyone who is already doing (or who wants to do) something practical to improve our local…
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Discussions on developing participation in local government

1st December 2018
Many open government innovations and reforms across the world happen at the local level – a level that is much closer to the citizen and is critical in delivering public services. Recognising this, the OGP Local Program aims at harnessing the innovation and momentum demonstrated by local governments and civil society partners across the world.…
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UK OGN Welcomes Government Commitment to Open Justice

30th November 2018
This week, the Government committed to working with the Open Government Network and civil society groups to develop their approach to open justice, “with the goal of co-creating a full commitment for the 2020-2022 National Action Plan.” The Government reiterated its commitment to open justice in reforming courts and tribunals, and to consulting stakeholders as…
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Letter on Commitment to Open Justice in the Open Government National Action Plan 2018-20

30th November 2018
Download the letter via this link (pdf) 26 November 2018 Dear Open Government Network, Re: COMMITMENT TO OPEN JUSTICE IN THE OPEN GOVERNMENT NATIONAL ACTION PLAN (NAP) (2018-2020) The concept of Open government is more important now than ever. In a time of international upheaval, transparency and accountability helps to build and maintain citizens’ trust…
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