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Anti-Corruption: Why open governance matters | Transparency International UK

19th July 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

Rachel Davies, Advocacy Manager at Transparency International UK and OGN Steering Group member, has written a blog post reflecting on the launch of the process to develop the UK’s third OGP National Action Plan: ‘Corruption hurts the poorest in society, in the UK and abroad. We need to ask ourselves: what kind of society do…

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OGP Global Summit 2015 | Call for Proposals

19th July 2015 – News, United Kingdom

The Open Government Partnership is inviting proposals for sessions at the upcoming Global Summit in Mexico in October: The 2015 Open Government Partnership Global Summit will be held in Mexico City on October 27, 28 and 29. Around 1,500 participants from government, civil society organizations, multilateral organizations, media, and the private sector are expected to…

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New FOI commission heralds “crackdown on the right to know” | Campaign for Freedom of Information

17th July 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

The Campaign for Freedom of Information has released this statement on today’s announcement of a Commission to review the Freedom of Information Act: A major attack on the public’s right to information is likely following the government’s announcement today of a new Commission to review the Freedom of Information Act, according to the Campaign for Freedom of…

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Roundtable with Scottish Civil Society Organisations on OGP in Scotland | 14 July 2015

17th July 2015 – Meeting notes, News, Scotland

On 14th July, we held a roundtable with Scottish civil society organisations to discuss if and how Scotland should be involved in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the UK’s third (2016-18) OGP National Action Plan. The following note sets out what was discussed and agreed. Details When: 14th July 2015, 10am to 12pm Where: Edinburgh…

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Freedom of information: new Commission – Written statements to Parliament | GOV.UK

17th July 2015 – News, Uncategorised, United Kingdom

Minister for the Cabinet Office Matthew Hancock laid a written statement in Parliament about the new Commission on Freedom of Information. We are committed to being the most transparent government in the world. To deliver that goal we are opening up government to citizens by making it easier to access information and increase the volume…

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Notes from OGN meeting with Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock MP | 2nd July 2015

15th July 2015 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

On 2nd July 2015, the steering group of the Open Government Civil Society Network met with the new Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock MP, to discuss open government in the UK. Please see a note from the meeting below.   OGN Meeting with Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office Date: Thursday 2nd…

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Matt Hancock speech at UK OGP National Action Plan development launch

13th July 2015 – News, United Kingdom

The Minister for Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock, launched the development of the UK’s new Open Government Partnership National Action Plan: Thank you for that introduction Simon [Burall, Involve]. You’ve been a leading voice for democratic reform and I know you’ve worked in some tough environments across the world. Your job would have been particularly tough if…

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New Discussion Paper: “Democratising the Data Revolution” | Open Knowledge

10th July 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

Open Knowledge have published a discussion paper on democratic engagement with data: “What will the “data revolution” do? What will it be about? What will it count? What kinds of risks and harms might it bring? Whom and what will it serve? And who will get to decide? Today we are launching a new discussion…

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Stop FOI restrictions | Campaign for Freedom of Information

9th July 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

From the Campaign for Freedom of Information: “The Government is likely to be considering three sets of new restrictions to the FOI Act. These are likely to involve: (1) preventing the disclosure of government policy discussions (2) strengthening the ministerial veto (3) making it easier for authorities to refuse FOI requests on cost grounds The…

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Ideas for Open Gov Manifesto

25th June 2015 – News, United Kingdom

We want to know how you think government and public services in the UK can be improved through greater transparency, participation and accountability. Fighting corruption. Ensuring public money is well spent. Improving public services. Developing better policy and laws. Knowing how decisions are being made, and who is influencing them. Making the voices of citizens…

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