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 UK needs ambitious open government commitments for challenging times – Tim Hughes

19th June 2018
Tim Hughes – is Director of Involve, which coordinates the Open Government Civil Society Network. He was the co-chair of the second meeting of the Open Government Multi Stakeholder Forum. The Open Government Partnership has helped achieve some transformative reforms in the UK over the past six years. Among them are ensuring beneficial ownership transparency,…
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The UK’s Third NAP Mid-Term Report: Events, Evolution and (Un)evenness

15th June 2018
Ben Worthy is the UK IRM and an academic at Birkbeck College, University of London. You can read the full IRM report here. You can also come along to hear Ben in conversation with his Australian equivalent in London on the 12th July.   This week my mid-term IRM report on the UK’s Third National…
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UK Open Government Multistakeholder Forum | 11 June 2018 | Meeting Notes

14th June 2018
Attendees Co-chair: Tim Hughes, Involve Andreas Pavlou, OGN Tim Davies Maria Stephens, CRAE Giuseppe Sollazzo Gavin Freeguard, IfG Michael Birtwistle, NCVO Jess Blair, ERS Wales Lucy McTernan, OGN Scotland Co-chair: Sue Bateman, DCMS Nicola Oldham, DFID Rhona Birchall, DFID Joel Catchatoor, CO Tom Leftwich, DCMS Thom Townsend, DCMS Katie Holder, DCMS Eilidh Simpson, DFID Notes…
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Open Government in Australia & the UK

6th June 2018
Open Government in Australia and the UK: a discussion with the Australian and UK IRM 12th July 2018 2-5pm Birkbeck College, London This round table discussion will look at how Australia and the UK compare in terms of the openness of their government, based on the views of two academics involved in the Open Government…
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UK OGN Manifesto 2018

1st June 2018
Contents 1. Introduction 2. Commitment areas 2a. Follow the money in government 2b. Law, participation and policy 2c. Strengthening accountability and anti-corruption efforts 2d. Building open data infrastructure for action 3. Annex 4. Endnotes 1. Introduction The UK is set to produce its fourth Open Government Action Plan that will run from mid-2018 to mid-2020,…
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OGN publishes Open Government Manifesto 2018

1st June 2018
Today, the UK Open Government Civil Society Network (OGN) has published its Open Government Civil Society Manifesto 2018. This Manifesto puts forward the UK OGN’s key thematic areas for consideration as part of the development of the UK’s fourth Open Government Action Plan. The Manifesto has been developed following discussions by civil society; an online…
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We are moving! A New Online Platform for the Open Government Networks

25th May 2018
The Open Government Networks are moving to a new online platform. Over the last week, we have been inviting members of the Open Government Networks to move to the new online platform run by All you need to do is sign up and ‘join’ at least one of the network ‘groups’ to receive updates…
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UK Multi-Stakeholder Forum for the creation of UK’s 2018-2020 National Action Plan

23rd May 2018
(Interim) Terms of Reference Purpose True partnership between Government and Civil Society is vital to achieving collaborative open government reform. The NAP4 Multi-stakeholder forum will ensure civil society and citizens are actively engaged in the creation, implementation and monitoring of the UK’s fourth National Action Plan. Objectives To maximise participation and cooperation between government and…
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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…
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New UK OGN Steering Committee Members Elected

8th May 2018
Over the last two weeks, members of the UK OGN have been voting for their new Steering Committee members. The vote closed at 5pm on Monday 7 May 2018. The votes have now been counted and converted using Borda count method (i.e. 1st preference = 7 points; 2nd = 6 points; 3rd = 5 points;…
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