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Event: UK Open Government Partnership (OGP) Civil Society Network meeting

25th September 2012 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

Please register to join us for a full network meeting on the 11th October in London. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global effort to make governments better by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. The UK government was a founder member of the OGP and is currently co-chair…

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UK OGP Civil Society Survey

30th August 2012 – Meeting notes, United Kingdom

To inform the work of the UK Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network we have put together a short online survey. This survey is targeted to organisations involved, or interested in becoming involved in the network. Survey responses are invited by Wednesday 5th September 2012, although the survey will remain open until mid-September for additional…

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What is on the UK OGP calendar?

30th August 2012 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

With the 2013 Open Government Partnership plenary now pencilled in for October 2013 in London, it might seem like the OGP calendar is a little sparse, but there are quite a few events and activities coming up. Drawing on recent conversations with Cabinet Office, and wider OGP calendars, here’s a quick overview of some upcoming…

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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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