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Is Scotland moving towards a national plan for the SDGs?

6th March 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

Original blog posted here. The pace of progress must accelerate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That’s according to the latest report from the UN on progress across the world. Now in our third year of action, these words ring true for Scotland as well. Our country’s commitment to the SDGs will be shown by the…

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ORG e-voting round-table notes (Scotland)

6th March 2018 – Meeting notes, Scotland

Open Rights Group: https://www.openrightsgroup.org  1. Reason for this round-table SG consultation on electoral reform, including options around e-voting: https://consult.gov.scot/elections/electoral-reform/ 2. Initial thoughts Elections must be secure verifiable (trustworthy and accurate, recountable) anonymous (to prevent vote-buying, coercion etc). No-one has achieved all three of these. There is secure online banking, but this isn’t a worthwhile analogy…

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Why #reimaginedemocracy? Next week’s conference in Belfast will show us the way

5th March 2018 – News, Northern Ireland, Points of View

Ruchir Shah from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations explores why we need to #reimaginedemocracy for 2018 On Thursday March 15th next week, a stramash of people frustrated with the way political decisions are made will descend on the Mac in Belfast. They will be binded by their concern for democracy, and the way in…

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Themes from 2016 crowdsourcing (Scotland Network)

5th March 2018 – Meeting notes, Scotland

As we move towards wider discussions on what Scotland’s next Open Government Action Plan should cover we would appreciate your help and feedback on how best to frame those discussions.  We know from speaking to people that it’s not always easy to understand the links between Open Government and your own areas of interest or…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – Crowdsourcing Commitment Ideas for the New Open Government Action Plan

26th February 2018 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written by Colm Burns There are many perceptions of our Executive and Assembly; one of them probably isn’t that they are transparent or accountable. Yet in 2016 our Executive signed up to four commitments to help them become more open: Commitment 1: Develop & trial effective open policy-making and public engagement methods Commitment 2: Promote…

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Letter to Minister Dowden on progress with implementing the UK’s 2016-28 Action Plan commitments

26th February 2018 – News, United Kingdom

A letter was sent to Minister Oliver Dowden on 15th February to congratulate the government’s progress with implementing Commitment 6 of the 2016-18 National Action Plan on collecting and publishing more granular data on grantmaking in line with the 360Giving Standard. The data published includes information on grants totalling £4 billion, and has been released…

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Know your network: Janine Rennie

23rd February 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

  Job title: Chief Executive Org: Wellbeing Scotland Location: Falkirk Network Member since: June 2017 Contact me at: janine@wellbeingscotland.org  How would you describe your job to a child? Being in charge of quite a big charity with lots of different jobs and looking after people who have been harmed. What does the concept of open government…

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Know your network: Bruce Ryan

23rd February 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

Job title: Associate Researcher; webmaster and minutes secretary for 3 Edinburgh community councils Org: Edinburgh Napier University Location: Edinburgh Network Member since: I forget! Contact me at: b.ryan@napier.ac.uk How would you describe your job to a child? I try to understand how people use computers to work together to make local things happen. When they…

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Work begins on the first comprehensive assessment of the UK’s performance against the UN Sustainable Development Goals

21st February 2018 – News, United Kingdom

Work has begun to drive action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK. The project by th UKSSD network will look at each of the 17 Goals and 169 targets and analyse the UK’s domestic performance. It will outline the opportunity the Goals offer and the type of actions needed if they are…

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Crowdsourcing Commitments for the NI Open Government Action Plan

16th February 2018 – News, Northern Ireland

Written by David McBurney The NI Open Government Network is collecting ideas to improve transparency, participation and accountability. We are looking for proposals that the Northern Ireland Executive should commit to in its 2018-2020 Open Government Action Plan. We would like to hear from citizens, community groups, civil society organisations, and anyone interested in greater transparency,…

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