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OGP countries are leveraging the opportunities of evolving technology, such as artificial intelligence, data-driven algorithms, and mass social networks, while also developing policies to deal with the threats, including disinformation, discrimination, and privacy concerns.

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Digital tools and social media have empowered people through widespread access to information and global connections. Citizens are using technology to hold governments to account and to exercise their civic rights. Governments are using technology to be more transparent, accountable and inclusive. They are also innovating solutions to pressing issues, including delivering services better, establishing cutting edge systems of procurement, advancing fiscal openness and fighting fraud and abuse.

Yet, the same technologies can represent real risks to democracies. Unaccountable institutions are leveraging technology to pursue their own interests in and across markets with little to no – or conflicting – jurisdiction and accountability. And public institutions are dealing with the unintended consequences of fast-moving technologies that often outpace legal safeguards and government oversight.



  1. Six Ways to Protect Democracy against Digital Threats in a Year of Elections

    2024 has been dubbed the “year of elections”, with over four billion people expected to vote across more than 60…

    2024, Perspective, Web Page

  2. Digital Governance Fact Sheet 2023

    2023, Document, PDF

  3. Digital Governance: Automated Decision-Making, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence

    2023, , Web Page

  4. Three Recommendations for More Inclusive and Equitable AI in the Public Sector

    See how OGP members are working to better understand and address the gender-differentiated impacts of algorithms, reduce human biases, and…

    2023, Perspective, Web Page

  5. Policy Brief – Bolstering Online Political Advertising Policy in Europe

    This policy brief lays out the key issues to address for regulating online political advertising in Europe and proposes ideas…

    2022, Guidance Document, Web Page

  6. Algorithmic impact assessment: a case study in healthcare

    Read Ada Lovelace Institute's algorithmic impact assessment for the NHS AI Lab. By trialling the process, the NHS is set…

    2022, Outbound Link, Web Page

  7. Digital Governance Fact Sheet

    A look at global progress and member-level examples of digital governance work in OGP

    2021, Document, PDF

  8. Algorithm Accountability: What Government Can Do Right Now

    In France, the Digital Republic Law requires that all algorithms used by the government be made open and accessible to…

    2021, Perspective, Web Page

  9. State of the Evidence: Algorithmic Transparency

    This paper reviews the extent to which algorithmic transparency and accountability standards make a difference in implementation. See the “Algorithmic Transparency” chapter…

    2021, Outbound Link, Web Page

  10. Algorithmic Accountability for the Public Sector

    The Ada Lovelace Institute, AI Now Institute, and OGP have partnered to launch the first global study to analyze the…

    2021, Research Product, Web Page

  11. Automated Decision-Making Systems in the Public Sector – An Impact Assessment Tool for Public Authorities

    AlgorithmWatch and AlgorithmWatch Switzerland asked "How can we ensure a trustworthy use of automated decision-making systems (ADMS) in the public…

    2021, Outbound Link, Web Page

  12. Actions for Transparent and Accountable Digital Governance

    Innovation and the use of digital technologies have always been an integral part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in…

    2021, , Web Page

  13. Open Response + Open Recovery: Open Government and Digital Governance in the Time of COVID-19

    Experts from the World Wide Web Foundation, the Governments of France and Taiwan, Luminate, and Article 19 led a cross-sector…

    2020, , Web Page

  14. Digital Governance – What Role Could OGP Play?

    2020, Research Product, Web Page

  15. A Contract for the Web

    By committing to this contract outlined by The Web Foundation, governments, companies and citizens around the world can help protect…

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page

  16. "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility": Keeping Public Sector Algorithms Accountable

    In this paper, Etalab, the French government’s task force for open data and data policy, explains how they're working with…

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page

  17. New recommendations to improve gender equality in digital professions and eliminate stereotypes in AI applications

    UNESCO publication locates this prejudice in the gender imbalance of technical teams leading the development of frontier technologies and identifies…

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page

  18. Global Report

    The promise of democracy is often defined by the ballot box, where citizens determine who will represent their interests in…

    2019, , Web Page

  19. Strengthening Democracy and Protecting Civic Rights in the Digital Era

    For government to be responsive, and inclusive, a robust enabling environment that protects fundamental rights and democratic institutions is critical.

    2019, , Web Page

  20. Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

    Explore the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI that put forward 7 key requirements that AI systems should meet in order…

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page

  21. It's Time for a Bill of Data Rights

    Luminate's Martin Tisné argues that "data ownership" is flawed and instead, we need a framework that gives people rights to…

    2018, Outbound Link, Web Page

  22. Human Rights in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    This Access Now study scopes the potential range of human rights issues that may be raised as artificial intelligence and…

    2018, Outbound Link, Web Page

  23. Mapping Regulatory Proposal for Artificial Intelligence in Europe

    A bird's eye survey from Access Now on the major regulatory initiatives in artificial intelligence and the European Union and…

    2018, Outbound Link, Web Page

  24. Algorithmic Accountability Policy Toolkit

    AI Now Institute offers a toolkit for legal and policy advocates that provides a basic understanding of government use of…

    2018, Outbound Link, Web Page

  25. Artificial Intelligence: open questions about gender inclusion

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is shaping gender relations, creating new challenges and opportunities for women. For their personal development and professional…

    2018, Outbound Link, Web Page

  26. The Right Tools for the Right Job: How OGP can help win the fight for civic space

    This paper is an OGP Support Unit/Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) collaboration authored by Tonusree Basu, OGP Thematic Partnerships Manager, and Denisse…

    2018, Research Product, Web Page

  27. The Guide to Opening Government: An Enabling Environment for Civil Society Organizations

    A guide on commitments to improve the enabling environment for civil society organizations, published by the International Center for Not-For-Profit…

    2018, Resource, Web Page

  28. Enhancing Digital Civic Space through OGP

    n/a, Post, Web Page

  29. Open Algorithms Blog Series

    n/a, Post, Web Page


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Countering Disinformation: A Guidebook for Public Servants

As public servants, disinformation and the degradation of public trust have a palpable impact on our ability to effectively serve the public. To address this, the Government of Canada developed a guidebook to provide Canadian federal public servants with an understanding of the threat disinformation presents, as well as to offer a consistent approach to navigating this growing threat.

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Addressing Harmful Information Online

Disinformation, online gender-based violence (GBV), and hate speech greatly impact online civic space and democratic processes. Governments should take steps to promote healthy and safe information ecosystems online while also protecting the exercise of online civic freedoms.

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Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Digital ID Systems

The right to seek and share information is a fundamental element of free expression and a core component of the freedom of association and assembly. When digital identification systems make it harder to seek information or increase the threat of surveillance and harassment, they impede these fundamental freedoms.

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