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Digital Charter (UK0091)



Action Plan: United Kingdom Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: DCMS

Support Institution(s): Other actors involved - government Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service Other actors involved - CSOs, private sector, working groups, multilaterals, etc Open Data Institute, Open Rights Group

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Automated Decision-Making, Digital Governance, E-Government, Online Civic Space, Open Data, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


To work with Civil Society, including through the Open Government Network,
to develop the Digital Charter incorporating the views and concerns of the
citizens. We will ensure to include under-represented groups in the process.
We will leverage the peer network of the Open Government Partnership to
build international dialogue in support of the aims of the Charter.
We will ensure that principles of openness and citizen participation are at the
core of the operation of the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, which
will advise the government and regulators on the implications of new
data-driven technologies, including AI.
We will also ensure that the Government’s National Data Strategy is developed
in an inclusive and participatory manner and informed by a robust ongoing
dialogue with a diverse range of voices from business, third sector, civil society
and data users. In relation to the Government’s own use of data, we will
maximise its use and value to build and support a strong data economy, while
ensuring that we maintain the public trust.
We will undertake a review of the government open data, including the
challenges and barriers to publishing in a machine-readable and structured
format, and identifying datasets that could offer more value if improved. In
order to address these issues and improve open data within the government
overall, DCMS will develop a strategic approach for future action.

What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
Technological developments and data-driven innovations are causing
fundamental changes to the way we live and work around the world.
Rather than just adapting to these changes, it is vital for the UK to become a
frontrunner in introducing new technologies and setting regulatory norms for
technological developments such as the Internet of Things, Artificial
Intelligence, and Blockchain. We must stimulate innovation and growth while
ensuring that the new tools are harnessed to deliver maximum public good and
leave no one behind.
Technology can act as an enabler for social good and community cohesion. For
instance, communities are using social networks such as Facebook and
WhatsApp to connect those in need to local support. Similarly, crowdfunding
sites create a new fundraising route for charities and social enterprises. Digital
platforms can also serve as a powerful tool for the under-represented groups
to organise themselves and ensure their voices are heard.
However, new technologies also bring new risks and challenges. For instance,
the Internet can be used to spread terrorist content or as a tool for abuse and
bullying. It can undermine civil discourse, credible news, and intellectual
property rights. Such trends are deeply concerning and can hinder the pursuit
of Open Government reform due to their negative influence on the levels of
public trust.
The Digital Charter is our response: a rolling programme of work to agree
norms and rules for the online world and put them into practice. Through the
Charter we aim to increase public confidence and trust in new technologies,
and create the best possible basis on which the digital economy can thrive.
Due to the fast pace of technological change, it is essential to create flexible,
open, inclusive structures for the citizens to engage in a dialogue with the
government, civil society, academic experts, and businesses.

How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
Because of the speed at which technology is developed and the cross-border
nature of data-driven technologies, there is a need to develop new
mechanisms for building an open dialogue and the principles of collaboration
and inclusivity into the Government’s policy development and delivery
This commitment will inform the Government’s Digital Charter and National
Data Strategy by strengthening the mechanisms of participation and
collaboration. We will continue to develop these policies in a collaborative and
open way, making it as easy as possible for citizens and businesses to give us
their views.

Lead implementing organisation

November 2018 - ongoing

OGP values
Civic participation, Public Accountability

Other actors involved - government
Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service

Other actors involved - CSOs, private sector, working groups, multilaterals
Open Data Institute, Open Rights Group

Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil the

Ensure that principles of openness and civic
participation are built into the operation of the new
Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

Further develop and maintain an open dialogue with
data users and civil society to support the development
of the Government’s National Data Strategy.

Review of HMG’s Open Data publication, which will
identify the key challenges and opportunities of
publishing more in machine-readable, standard, openly
licenced formats, and set out measures to address this.


  1. Grants Data

    UK0090, 2019, Access to Information

  2. Digital Charter

    UK0091, 2019, Access to Information

  3. Open Policy Making

    UK0092, 2019, Open Regulations

  4. Open Contracting Data

    UK0093, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Natural Resource Transparency

    UK0094, 2019, Access to Information

  6. Innovation in Democracy Programme

    UK0095, 2019, Open Regulations

  7. Sustainable Open Government

    UK0096, 2019, Capacity Building

  8. Local Transparency

    UK0097, 2019, Access to Information

  9. Beneficial Ownership – UK

    UK0063, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  10. Natural Resource Transparency

    UK0064, 2016, Access to Information

  11. Anti-Corruption Strategy

    UK0065, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  12. Anti-Corruption Innovation Hub

    UK0066, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  13. Open Contracting

    UK0067, 2016, Access to Information

  14. Grants Data

    UK0068, 2016, Access to Information

  15. Elections Data

    UK0069, 2016, Access to Information

  16. Revising Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice

    UK0070, 2016, Access to Information

  17. Identifying and Publishing Core Data Assets

    UK0071, 2016, Access to Information

  18. Involving Data Users in Shaping the Future of Open Data

    UK0072, 2016, Access to Information

  19. Better Use of Data Assets

    UK0073, 2016, Access to Information

  20. GOV.UK

    UK0074, 2016, Access to Information

  21. Ongoing Collaborative Approach to Open Government Reform

    UK0075, 2016, E-Government

  22. Open Government at All Levels

    UK0076, 2016, Public Participation

  23. Open Policy-Making and Public Engagement

    UK0077, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Public Sector Innovation

    UK0078, 2016, Access to Information

  25. OCDS Implementation

    UK0079, 2016, Access to Information

  26. Open-Up Government

    UK0080, 2016, Access to Information

  27. Open Data Plan

    UK0081, 2016, Access to Information

  28. Open Data Service

    UK0082, 2016, Access to Information

  29. Statswales

    UK0083, 2016, Access to Information

  30. Data Research Centre Wales

    UK0084, 2016, E-Government

  31. Government Social Research Publication Protocol

    UK0085, 2016, E-Government

  32. Gov.Wales

    UK0086, 2016, E-Government

  33. Code of Practice in Supply Chains

    UK0087, 2016, Labor

  34. Starred commitment National Indicators for Wales

    UK0088, 2016, Fiscal Openness

  35. Starred commitment Well-Being Duty

    UK0089, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  36. National Information Infrastructure

    UK0042, 2013,

  37. NHS England Website and Network

    UK0043, 2013, Health

  38. Revised Local Authories Data Transparency Code

    UK0044, 2013, Capacity Building

  39. Transparent Social Investment Market

    UK0045, 2013, Access to Information

  40. Manage and Capture Digital Records

    UK0046, 2013, Capacity Building

  41. Starred commitment Cross-Government Anti-Corruption Plan

    UK0047, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  42. Starred commitment Company Beneficial Ownership Information

    UK0048, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  43. Access to Police Records

    UK0049, 2013, Justice

  44. Transparency in Construction

    UK0050, 2013, Infrastructure & Transport

  45. Legislative Openness

    UK0051, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  46. Whistleblowing

    UK0052, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  47. Open Contracting

    UK0053, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  48. Open Contracting Scotland

    UK0054, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  49. Starred commitment International Aid Transparency

    UK0055, 2013, Access to Information

  50. Health Care Data

    UK0056, 2013, Access to Information

  51. Open Policy Making

    UK0057, 2013, E-Government

  52. Sciencewise

    UK0058, 2013, E-Government

  53. Publication of Draft Legislation

    UK0059, 2013, Legislative

  54. OpenDataCommunities Programme

    UK0060, 2013, Access to Information

  55. PSI Re-Use Directive

    UK0061, 2013, Access to Information

  56. Starred commitment Extractive Transparency

    UK0062, 2013, Access to Information

  57. Ensuring a Clear Process to Support Reduction in Collection of ‘Unnecessary Data’

    UK0024, 2011, E-Government

  58. Developing Data.Gov.Uk and Identifying Other Digital Channels to Support Users

    UK0025, 2011,

  59. Evidence and Databases Behind Policy Statements

    UK0026, 2011, E-Government

  60. Data Underlying Surveys

    UK0027, 2011, E-Government

  61. Examining Ways for Improving the Use of Existing Published Data

    UK0028, 2011, E-Government

  62. Stimulate the Market for Innovative Use of Open Data

    UK0029, 2011, Access to Information

  63. Spend up to 5% of Budget Support on Accountability

    UK0030, 2011, E-Government

  64. Include the OGP Eligibility Criteria to Determine Readiness for UK Budget Support

    UK0031, 2011, Aid

  65. Publish Aid Information from All ODA Government Departments

    UK0032, 2011, Aid

  66. Use a Single Domain for Government Services

    UK0033, 2011, E-Government

  67. Mandate ‘Channel Shift’

    UK0034, 2011, E-Government

  68. Go Online for All Consultations

    UK0035, 2011, E-Government

  69. Develop Practical Guidelines on Departmental Access to Internet and Social Media

    UK0036, 2011, Civic Space

  70. Open Data and Application Interfaces in Ways That Encourage Businesses

    UK0037, 2011, Access to Information

  71. Create Cross-Government Standards on APIs

    UK0038, 2011,

  72. Establish Standardised Formats for User-Satisfaction Data

    UK0039, 2011,

  73. Provide Government Documents in Open Standard Format

    UK0040, 2011, Access to Information

  74. Implement Crowd-Sourcing and Engagement Processes

    UK0041, 2011,

  75. New Power to Secure Release of Valuable Datasets

    UK0001, 2011,

  76. New, Higher Cost Cap for FOI

    UK0002, 2011, Access to Information

  77. Meaningful Disincentives

    UK0003, 2011,

  78. Maximum Time Limits

    UK0004, 2011, Access to Information

  79. Altered Procurement Rules

    UK0005, 2011,

  80. Mandating Phased Introduction of ‘Public by Default’

    UK0006, 2011, E-Government

  81. Formalising Public Data Principles

    UK0007, 2011,

  82. Having in Place an Open Data Compliance Monitoring Process

    UK0008, 2011,

  83. Making Clear the Minimum Citizens Can Expect on Publication and Quality of Data

    UK0009, 2011,

  84. Ensuring a Line of Continuous Improvement for Public Service Providers

    UK0010, 2011, Access to Information

  85. Encourage Continuous Improvement

    UK0011, 2011,

  86. Setting Out How Citizens Can Challenge Where There Is Failure in the Process

    UK0012, 2011, Public Participation

  87. Establishing an Obligation to Consider and Act on User Feedback

    UK0013, 2011, Public Participation

  88. Making Clear That Licenses Must Cover Free, Commercial Re-Use

    UK0014, 2011,

  89. Merge Information Asset Registers…Into a Single Data Inventory

    UK0015, 2011,

  90. Set Consistent Expectations of the Appropriate Quality of Meta-Data

    UK0016, 2011, Records Management

  91. For Data Co-Ordinated Across Government, Set Definitions

    UK0017, 2011, E-Government

  92. Introducing Corporate Responsibility at Transparency Board Level

    UK0018, 2011,

  93. Strengthening and Broadening the Public Sector Transparency Board

    UK0019, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  94. Bringing the Sector Transparency Board Model to Other Parts of Public Sector

    UK0020, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  95. Reviewing the Existing Governance and Regulatory Model

    UK0021, 2011,

  96. Establishing a Framework for Public Service Providers Data Inventories

    UK0022, 2011, Records Management

  97. Developing a Clear Methodology to Support Intelligent Inventories

    UK0023, 2011,

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