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UK GOVERNMENT ‘UNDER REVIEW’ SAYS OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP

3rd March 2021 – News, Northern Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales

78 country Open Government Partnership places UK government ‘under review.’ UK government twice fails to properly deliver transparency plans. Organisations co-sign letter expressing ‘concern.’   The Open Government Partnership [OGP] of 78 countries representing some 2 billion people has placed the UK government ‘under review’ for failing to properly deliver a plan for transparent, participatory,…

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Strategic Discussion on Open Government Multistakeholder Forum

15th February 2021 – Meeting notes, United Kingdom

Strategic Discussion on Open Government Multistakeholder Forum December 9 2020, 10.30 – 12pm Co-chairs: Fiona Deans (Government Digital Service) Kevin Keith (UK Open Government Network) BACKGROUND The UK is a founding member of the OGP (established in 2011) an international coalition of over 70 countries committed to upholding the core values of transparency, accountability, and…

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Open Gov Meetup | Tuesday 16th @ 12 noon

10th February 2021 – News, Points of View, United Kingdom

It’s an important year for open government. In part because of the development of a new action plan which we must shape with government. But also because the world will be watching the UK as the G7 and COP26 take place on these shores in June and November respectively. To paraphrase a recent speech, what…

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Job Opportunity: NI Open Government Network Co-ordinator

17th December 2020 – News, Northern Ireland

A highly motivated, committed and competent individual is required to support Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN). The main purpose of this role is: Coordinate and lead the delivery of the NIOGN Open Local Government project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Provide support to the wider work of NIOGN, including communications, event organisation…

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UK Open Government Network response to Inquiry into Data Transparency and Accountability: Covid 19

9th November 2020 – News, United Kingdom

The UK Open Government Network Steering Committee has submitted a response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s inquiry into Data Transparency and Accountability in the Covid-19 pandemic. The response calls for the Open Government principles of accountability, transparency and participation to be fundamental to the UK Government’s approach to tackling the pandemic and…

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Northern Ireland Joins Global Partnership to Promote Open Government

20th October 2020 – News, Northern Ireland

The government of Northern Ireland has been selected to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an organization that brings together governments and civil society leaders to create more transparent, inclusive, and participatory government. As a new member of OGP, Northern Ireland will work with local civil society organizations and other OGP members to advance the…

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Opportunity: NI Open Government Network – Director to the Board

1st July 2020 – Northern Ireland

The Board of Directors of NI Open Government Network CIC (NIOGN) is currently inviting expressions of interest from suitable individuals to join the board of directors. The Board provides strategic leadership to the organisation, ensuring it is well run and delivering the outcomes for which it has been set up. Directors will proactively work to…

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Opportunity: NI Open Government Network – Treasurer & Director to the Board

1st July 2020 – Northern Ireland

The Board of Directors of NI Open Government Network CIC (NIOGN) is currently inviting expressions of interest from suitable individuals to join the Board of Directors. We are particularly keen to involve a new Treasurer, who will fulfil an office bearer role alongsinde the Chair and the Secretary. The Board provides strategic leadership to the…

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COVID-19: What is the role of Open Government?

30th April 2020 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

From the Board of the Northern Ireland Open Government Network Part 1 – Transparency in a Time of Crisis What is the role of Open Government while we face an unprecedented crisis? The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our normal way of life; it is placing substantial strain on the fabric of government, public services and…

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Light and Shadows: The RHI Scandal and the Temptations of Secrecy

27th February 2020 – Points of View

This article was originally published in The Political Quarterly on 20 January 2020. Marilyn Stathern, in her famous article on the ‘Tyranny of transparency’, asked: ‘what does visibility conceal’?  While openness can shed light on some areas, it can also create shadows and shade to hide in. One of the biggest fears for transparency campaigners…

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