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.


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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Reflections from the first TICTeC Local

9th November 2018
TICTeC has gone local. This week in Manchester, the most important global conference for the understanding of civic technology brought together representatives from civic tech, local authorities and social impact organisations to discuss big, transformative ideas that focus on where and how civic tech connects with and impacts local government. The first TICTeC Local showcased…
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Accountability in Modern Government: From recommendation to commitment?

29th October 2018
*NEW* @instituteforgov report on #accountability in government is finally out! We make seven recommendations to improve #accountability in government https://t.co/Na6yQ7jTJS pic.twitter.com/oswBN2aD9G — Benoit Guerin (@ben_guerin) October 15, 2018   Accountability is an essential pillar of open and democratic government. At its core, it enables the public to hold the government to account for policy and…
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UK Open Government Multistakeholder Forum | 22 October 2018 | Meeting Notes

29th October 2018
Attendees Co-chair: Tim Hughes, Involve Andreas Pavlou, OGN Maria Stephens, CRAE Gavin Freeguard, IfG Michael Birtwistle, NCVO Jess Blair, ERS Wales Lucy McTernan, OGN Scotland Rose Zussman, TI UK Co-chair: Yasmin Brooks, DCMS Sue Bateman, DCMS Joel Catchatoor, Cabinet Office Thom Townsend, DCMS Wasim Akhtar, Cabinet Office Alex Blandford, DCMS Vasant Chari, Cabinet Office Ellie…
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