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Opening the lid on Open Government in Scotland

30th August 2016 – Points of View, Scotland

One of the key challenges for the Open Government Network in Scotland is opening up the open government agenda to wider civil society, in ways that encourage open government to be understood as a movement for change, rather than a technocratic process. All too often the language associated with Open Government (data, open-contracting, anti-corruption, scrutiny…

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Invitation to contribute to the Open Government Partnership’s strategic refresh

26th August 2016 – News, United Kingdom

Originally posted on the Open Government Partnership blog: OGP STRATEGY DIALOGUES: INVITATION TO CO-CREATE PRIORITIES FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF OGP’S WORK (#OGPDIALOG) by Alejandro Gonzalez Arreola and Manish Bapna Next month, Open Government Partnership (OGP) will be marking its fifth anniversary. This sets the scene for us to celebrate the achievements of OGP – which at its…

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Our new open Wiki to plan a programme for civil society capacity building

19th August 2016 – News, United Kingdom

Dear Open Government community, The civil society coordinators for UK, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are working together to strengthen and connect the Open Government civil society movements in the UK home nations. This project is being led by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and…

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2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 27 July 2016

17th August 2016 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

On 27th July, government commitment leads and members of the UK Open Government Network steering group met for the first time to discuss implementation of the recently published 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan.  This note sets out the main points of the discussion. Updates were presented by the commitment leads on all the commitments in third…

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OGN Steering Group writes to new Minister for the Cabinet Office, Ben Gummer

16th August 2016 – News, United Kingdom

Last week (10 August 2016), the UK Open Government Network steering group wrote to Ben Gummer, the new Minister for the Cabinet Office, to welcome him to post and set out how the OGN wishes to work with him to progress the open government agenda.  Read and download the text of the letter below. Dear Rt…

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The Democratic Society – Big ideas to transform the economy: participatory budgeting could be the answer

15th August 2016 – News, Northern Ireland

(via The Democratic Society) The Democratic Society were invited by the Open Government Network NI to speak at the Festival of Economics in Northern Ireland, on the topic of participatory budgeting. The conference was framed around Big Ideas looking at innovative, challenging and disruptive ideas to transform the economy. Our Niamh Webster joined economists, experts…

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Draft submission on the government’s new Anti-Corruption Strategy

5th August 2016 – News, United Kingdom

One of the commitments included in the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan was to develop, in consultation with civil society, a new Anti-Corruption Strategy.  The government has started the process of developing that strategy.  The Open Government Network is preparing a submission to inform the strategy. Contribute via the GoogleDoc below. Available for comment until 19th August at:

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What does Brexit mean for open government?

2nd August 2016 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

On 21st July, members of the Open Government Network met to discuss what Brexit means for open government. Notes taken during the event can be found in the Google Doc below: Available at:

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NI Open Government Network response to the NI Executive Draft Programme for Government Framework 2016-21

21st July 2016 – News, Northern Ireland

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Brexit and Open Government

14th July 2016 – Points of View, United Kingdom

Brexit, as we now know, means Brexit. But what does it mean for open government in the UK? On the surface, nothing changes. Almost all the legislation, from Freedom of Information to Data Protection, is bound up in UK law. The Open Data agenda will also continue to move along. Even the EU initiated laws…

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