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How Open Educational Resources can Help OGP Initiatives

Currently we face both a swell of support for open educational resources (OER) and devastating upheaval of our traditional education systems...

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An Open Government Antidote to COVID-19

The spread of Covid-19 has closed much of the world, and the strain on healthcare and other essential workers is unprecedented. For the most vulnerable, lockdowns impose extreme hardships. It will take the collective action of citizens, civil society and governments to respond and recover from this pandemic. But in order to be fair and effective, that response and recovery must be open and inclusive.

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How Legislative Footprints and Lobby Registers Can Rebuild Trust

As global distrust in democracies grows, we believe intransparent legislative structures are a big factor. When lobbyists influence laws, it can create feelings of injustice and distrust within a society. Yet, lobbying, or the articulation of and advocacy for various interests, is essential for democracies. So, what does a fair and transparent lobbying system that enhances trust for political procedures look like?

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Open Government Approaches to Tackling COVID-19

Shortly after the WHO declared a global pandemic, the OGP Support Unit announced a COVID-19 crowdsourcing exercise. We asked for examples from the open government community to tackle the pandemic using open government approaches including citizen participation, transparency and accountability.…

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Covid-19 and the Shrinking Space for Dissent

Activists in developing countries are seeing civic space shrink as the pandemic takes hold This article was first published by Apolitical. Click here to read the original article. On 15 March, a group of civil society activists peacefully gathered in Niger’s capital,…

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Opportunities in Times of Crisis: Towards an Open and Digital State

An open government response to the pandemic is open, inclusive and digital This article was first published by Apolitical. Click here to read the original article. The global emergency posed by Covid-19 marks a before and after in the way we live. It…

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The Low-Tech Way to Engage Citizens in Lockdown

It seems odd to promote citizen participation at a time of lockdown. By early April 2020, “more than 3.9 billion people, or half of the world's population, [had] been asked or ordered to stay at home by their governments to prevent the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus.”

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