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1. Information Integrity

From the US to Brexit to Moldova to Bulgaria to many other parts of the world, citizens have expressed deep anger and distrust of their government which they perceive to be captured by elites, who live in a cocoon or are themselves complicit in corrupt schemes that benefit the few at the expense of the citizenry...

Politics has often been the obstacle to greater transparency in Nepal.

For years, Tunisia’s extractives sector was viewed with skepticism. Information on reserves, the rights allocation, resource revenues and their management was particularly scarce. But during the last two years, Tunisia has made major moves toward more openness and disclosure, reflected in the creation of an open data portal, as well as contract disclosure and open contracting commitments.

This post originally appeared on the Global Witness blog.

In the Philippines, there are 81 provinces, 143 cities, and 1,490 municipalities – all of which have their own set of elected local government officials. The challenge of local governance has revolved around performance since the passage of the 1991 Local Government Code, which accorded levels of fiscal and administrative autonomy to local governments

Governo aberto possui inúmeras definições. Articulando transparência, participação social, accountability (prestação de contas) e inovação tecnológica, esse conceito e sua prática tem ganhado, cada vez mais, destaque na agenda das políticas públicas. A riqueza de interpretações pode gerar expectativas e frustrações entre os que participam de processos de governo aberto e distanciar aqueles que poderiam estar envolvidos nesses processos. Por ser tratado por diferentes áreas do conhecimento, distintos atores e contextos políticos e culturais, é importante questionarmos: afinal, o que é governo aberto? Quais são os seus princípios?

Gobierno abierto tiene varias definiciones, como transparencia, participación social, rendición de cuentas (accountability) y la innovación tecnológica. El concepto y la práctica ha ganado cada vez más, en la agenda de las políticas públicas. La riqueza de interpretaciones puede generar expectativas y frustraciones entre los que participan en los procesos de gobierno abierto y la distancia a los que pudieran estar implicados en estos procesos. Para ser tratado por diferentes áreas del conocimiento, diferentes actores y contextos políticos y culturales, es importante pregunta: después de todo, lo que es un gobierno abierto? ¿Cuáles son sus principios?

Open government has many definitions. By articulating transparency, social participation, accountability and technological innovation, this concept and its practice has been increasingly prominent in the public policy agenda. The richness of interpretations can generate expectations and frustrations among those who participate in open government processes and distance those who might be involved in these processes. Because it is addressed by different areas of knowledge, different actors and political and cultural contexts, it is important to ask: after all, what is open government? What are the principles of open government?

It's 2012, I am sitting in the cabinet of the Deputy Foreign Minister Joško Klisovic, with my notebook and a pen on my lap, trying to catch all the new information and tasks at my new job. I am impressed,slightly nervous, but mostly excited about everything I'm hearing.