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UK Government press release from #OGP15

2nd November 2015 – News, United Kingdom

The UK Government published the following press release from last week’s OGP Summit in Mexico City. The Summit was attended by Lord Francis Maude (Minister of State for Trade and Investment, previously Minister for the Cabinet Office) and Sir Eric Pickles (Anti-corruption Champion), along with a number of senior officials. UK government leads the way in…

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Citizen Perspective on the Value and Importance of Freedom of Information

1st November 2015 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

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Report from the 2015 OGP Global Summit: OpenTheGovernment.org hosts a workshop on civil society experiences | OpenTheGovernment.org

29th October 2015 – Points of View, Uncategorised, United Kingdom

On Tuesday I was fortunate to moderate an in depth discussion, convened by OpenTheGovernment.org, to share practice on how civil society can best work together and with government on the OGP. Below is OpenTheGovernment.org’s summary of the workshop. I’ll be posting some of my own thoughts here shortly. On October 27, 2015, OpenTheGovernment.org hosted a workshop on…

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Spoiling the magic trick that lies behind OGP

29th October 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

In my last post from the Open Government Partnership summit in Mexico this week I talked about the ‘magic of OGP’ being the focus on the collaborative development of national action plans. The trouble is that both the words ‘collaboration’ and, even more so, ‘magic’ hide a lot. As a result they aren’t that helpful for those not directly involved…

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OGPx – Going Local for Global Impact | Open Government Partnership

28th October 2015 – Points of View, Uncategorised, United Kingdom

A particular focus for a number of us who have made the trip over to Mexico City for the OGP Global Summit is how the OGP can be deepened to involve subnational governments and civil society. Indeed, tomorrow we’re hosting a session on “Taking OGP Subnational”, with participants including Colm Burns (Chair of the Northern…

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The impact of the UK restricting freedom of information would be international

28th October 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

  One of the great things about the Open Government Partnership is the principle that member countries are all on an equal footing, all have something to learn from each other and all share the goal of working to achieve more open governments worldwide. In other words, OGP is a community. In the words of…

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Can the OGP deliver the SDGs?

28th October 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit kicked off yesterday with 1000 civil society activists from 94 countries attending the pre-summit Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Day. There were some genuinely rousing and moving speeches. We heard lots of powerful stories highlighting how the OGP is making a significant difference to the way member governments do business…

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How open company data was used to uncover the powerful elite benefiting from Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade industry | OpenCorporates

27th October 2015 – News, Uncategorised, United Kingdom

Open Government Network member, OpenCorporates, has released a new paper outlining how open company data was used to uncover the powerful elite benefiting from Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade industry. Today, we’re pleased to release a white paper on how OpenCorporates data was used to uncover the powerful elite benefiting from Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade industry, in a…

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What’s the point of the Open Government Summit? No, really, what’s the point?

27th October 2015 – Points of View, United Kingdom

I’m writing this having just got off the plane that took to the Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico. It’s never a good sign when the person next to you spots what you are writing and decides to challenge you on how useless democracy is. How money has corrupted democracy and it is just a…

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Open Government in Scotland workshop | Meeting notes

22nd October 2015 – Meeting notes, News, Scotland

The Scottish Government, along with Northern Ireland and Wales, have agreed to make commitments in the UK’s new OGP Action plan. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is therefore working with support from the UK Open Government Civil Society Coordinator to coordinate Scottish civil society input to the OGP plan and build the momentum around OGP action in…

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