News and blog

Nominations now open – Scotland’s OGP Steering Group

3rd April 2018 – News, Scotland

It’s time for us to call on you – our network of open government enthusiasts – to help steer the development and delivery of Scotland’s second Open Government Action Plan.  Nominations have now opened for eight spaces on Scotland’s refreshed Open Government Partnership (OGP) Multistakeholder Forum, known as the OGP Steering Group in Scotland. The…

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Discussion on UK IRM Mid-Term Report: The Positives and Worries

26th March 2018 – News, United Kingdom

As you may have noticed from the tweets last week, the UK OGP IRM hosted a discussion event in the Speaker Room’s in the House of Commons. Below is a summary of some of the reflections and recommendations, in advance of the public comment period for the IRM 3rd mid-term report, which should begin in…

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Nominations open to join the Open Government Network Steering Committee!

23rd March 2018 – News, United Kingdom

Today, we are opening the nominations for becoming members of the OGN Steering Group! There are five spaces to be filled in the newly-expanded Steering Group, and I hope you will think about putting yourself forward via the application form, below. If you want to nominate someone else, you can also do so via the…

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Know your network: Hannah Dickson

21st March 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

Job title: National Development Officer Organisation: Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) Location: Everywhere (but based mainly in Edinburgh) Network Member since: November 2017 Contact me at: or @hannahdix on Twitter How would you describe your job to a child? Feeling safe and being safe in your home, school, street and work is important. I…

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Youth Cymru – Mid Project Report March 2018

14th March 2018 – News, Wales

Open Government Network Wales After putting out a call for applicants for equalities engagement projects around Open Government, the Well-being Goals and the Global Goals, Interlink RCT, Diverse Cymru and Youth Cymru were successful and will run their projects between Oct 2017 and June 2018. Below you will find Youth Cymru’s Mid Term report.  …

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Time to develop Scotland’s 2018-2020 OpenGov action plan

13th March 2018 – News, Scotland

  Since the turn of the year work has been underway to develop improved processes and a project plan ahead of creating Scotland’s 2018/20 open government action plan. We’re now all set to press ahead!   What it’s all about   Developing Scotland’s second open government action plan is part of Scotland’s promise as a member…

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Paul Bradley: Why Scotland’s next Open Government Action Plan matters to you!

13th March 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

Paul Bradley is Network Coordinator for Scotland’s Open Government Network and Scotland’s Sustainable Development Goals Network.        Let’s assume that you think open government is a good idea. You’d be hard placed to find someone in Scotland who would say otherwise – open sounds better than closed, right? That may be so, but do…

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Re-imagine democracy with us online  —  social kit

12th March 2018 – News, Scotland

Imagine a country where decisions are honestly made, transparent and accountable, where outcomes cannot be bought or manipulated and where policy-making processes enhance democratic participation and connection. This Thursday, Open Government Networks across the UK will be coming together to host the Re-imagine Democracy conference. We want you to join us in the discussions as together we…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – Dark Money

9th March 2018 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written by Colm Burns & David McBurney Conservative and DUP MPs trooped through the voting lobby of the House of Commons on Wednesday to prevent retrospective transparency on donations to political parties in Northern Ireland. With the Conservatives applying a three-line whip, the measure they were voting on – The Transparency of Donations & Loans…

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Bitter Sweet Victory for Transparency Campaigners

7th March 2018 – News, Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Open Government Network welcome the intention to create transparency around donations, but are very disappointed that only donations from 1st July 2017 will be published. This goes against the agreement that all donations from January 2014 would be published. Although we welcome the opening of party political donations and see this as…

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