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.


[Press Release] Brexit delays: Government challenged by civil society groups after ministers miss deadline to outline transparency commitments

12th February 2019
Press release under embargo until 00:01 Tuesday 12th February 2019 The letter is available here (pdf). Andreas Pavlou is available for comment on 07943669435 or 020 3745 4334   Leading civil society organisations working in open government (1) have written to the UK government outlining their ‘deep concern’, after ministers missed the deadline for publishing…
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OGN Letter: Letter to Margot James MP on delay to finalising the UK Open Government Action Plan

12th February 2019
C/O Andreas Pavlou UK Open Government Network Involve 18 Victoria Park Square London E3 9PF   Margot James MP Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries 100 Parliament Street London SW1A 2BQ 11 February 2019 Dear Margot James MP Delay to finalising the UK Open Government Action Plan We write to you on the behalf…
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Results from the 2019 OGN Steering Committee Election

6th February 2019
The results are in! We received 27 completed ballot papers. Following the count, the results of the 2019 election for Steering Committee members is as follows (in order of points): MICHELLE BROOK – 187pts (reselected) GAVIN FREEGUARD – 165pts (reselected) ELIZABETH CHAMBERLAIN – 158pts RUCHIR SHAH – 126pts KEVIN KEITH – 114pts ALEXANDER ROBERTS –…
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Data, Transparency and Trust: How information rights can promote a culture of accountability

29th January 2019
Portcullis House, 5pm – 7pm, 29 Jan 2019 Eight months into the implementation of GDPR, information rights and public transparency have been moved up the political and technical agenda. Held in partnership with the ICO and the APPG for Data Analytics, the event will host the Elizabeth Denham, CBE for the launch of the ICO’s…
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VOTE! UK OGN Steering Committee Election 2019

21st January 2019
There are eight candidates applying to join the UK OGN Steering Committee. How to vote: See the OGN Forum Deadline for votes: Monday 4th February 2019 VOTING The vote is open via the UK Open Government Network forum. We now move to the voting period that will last for two weeks, from today until the…
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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 14 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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