News and blog

Regulating the ‘revolving door’: OGN responds to Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry

19th September 2016 – News, United Kingdom

The UK Open Government Network has responded to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s inquiry on the role and effectiveness of ACoBA and Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. In summary: We are concerned that the current system for regulating propriety in public life is insufficient to protect against the risks associated with the “revolving…

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Blog: What do the sustainable development goals mean for Scotland?

8th September 2016 – Points of View, Scotland

Blog by Martha Caddell, Open University Just under a year ago, UN member states agreed a new global framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals. Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out an ambitious plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity. It is underpinned by 17 global goals, the Sustainable…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – What does Brexit mean for Northern Ireland?

7th September 2016 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written by David McBurney and Colm Burns On Thursday 23 June this year a referendum was held to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. More than 30 million people voted. The Leave Campaign won by the relatively narrow margin of 52% to 48%. The term ‘Brexit’ – that merges the…

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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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