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How open is the UK Open Government strategy? | Andrew Clarke, Publish What You Fund

24th July 2012 – Points of View, United Kingdom

You’d be forgiven for not noticing the release of an Open Data Strategy by the Department for International Development (DFID) at the end of June. This remarkable yet unflashy document spells out the department’s intentions for ramping up their already considerable transparency programme to increase accountability, efficiency and traceability of its work. All UK Government…

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Visions for a UK OGP Forum

14th June 2012 – Meeting notes, United Kingdom

As part of the OGP process, countries have to consult on their national action plans, and to “identify  a forum to enable regular multi-stakeholder consultation on OGP implementation—this can be an existing entity or a new one”.  The UK has not yet identified or established such a forum, but will need to do so over…

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UK Government publishes social media guidance for officials

28th May 2012 – News, United Kingdom

Right at the bottom of the UK Open Government Partnership Action Plan is a commitment that: To embed social media as a mainstream channel used routinely to engage with citizens, business and internally, the Government will develop practical guidelines on departmental access to the internet and social media channels and last week the Cabinet Office…

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Do Britain’s open government initiatives lack ambition?

24th May 2012 – Points of View, United Kingdom

The Guardian online has published a guest piece by one of the editors of this site. Do Britain’s open government initiatives lack ambition? Open Government Partnership aims for greater transparency but the UK falls short on public integrity and corporate accountability. Read more  

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Hillary Clinton told joining IATI good but not enough | Karin Christiansen, Publish What You Fund

24th April 2012 – Points of View, United Kingdom

Hillary Clinton spoke about the United States’ commitment to aid transparency at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Brazil this week. While we applaud that commitment, we are clear that is only the first step. Now, the issue of how and when the information is published becomes critical – and that means releasing information in…

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UK Present Action Plan at OGP Meeting in Brasilia

18th April 2012 – News, United Kingdom

Tim Kelsey, Director of Transparency and Open Data from the UK Cabinet Office has just presented on the UK Action Plan at the OGP meeting in Brasilia. Hopefully a recording of the presentation and the slides used will be available shortly, but for now, below are some brief notes jotted down during the session: Tim…

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UK Civil Society Perspectives on National Action Plan

16th April 2012 – News, Points of View, United Kingdom

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations have produced a collaborative analysis of the UK National Action Plan and wider open government policy environment. All countries subscribing to the Open Government Partnership have to submit submit a National Action Plan (NAP) based on the principles of open government that are articulated in the OGP Declaration.

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OGP countries score badly on access to company information

16th April 2012 – News, United Kingdom

New report finds serious deficiencies in access to information about companies in countries signatories to the Open Government Partnership. The report by Opencorporates presented at the OGP meeting in Brazil looks at government sources such as business registers in forty countries. Its main findings are listed below: 
OGP countries score badly for open access to company data, with an…

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Following OGP Brasilia online

14th April 2012 – News, United Kingdom

On April 17th and 18th the first annual OGP meeting will be taking place in Brasilia. At this meeting, the membership of the OGP will formally grow from the eight founding countries, welcoming 46 new members, each of whom will share their own National Action Plans of open government commitments. The UK government will be…

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Open letter to Francis Maude

14th April 2012 – News, United Kingdom

Last week UK civil society organisations wrote to the Cabinet Office Minister with responsibility for the UKs Open Government Partnership commitments, Francis Maude, to start building towards more civil society engagement in the UK. A number of these organisations have also been contributing to a more detailed initial analysis of the UKs National Action Plan.…

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