Brasilia

“Open government is an international trend and an obligation”

When asked what he understood by Open Government during the OGP Brasilia 2012 meeting, Genc Pollo, Minister for Innovation and ICT in the Albanian government replied Open government is an international trend In the interview Minister Pollo put the accent on transparency: governments have an obligation to tell people what they are really doing. As the minister for ICT, he also made reference to the importance of technology as an enabler of open government. Genc Pollo...

OGP Needs You!

Clipboard April’s annual meeting was a great success showcasing the innovative work being done in open data by governments, civil societies and individuals around the world.  As the dust settles from Brasilia, we are looking to keep the momentum going. We would like to ensure that we are kept up to date with all the great work that is going on.  We are increasing our presence on social media and want you to engage regularly with us on the issues of Open Government that interest you. Please...

Open government: a revolutionary concept in Tunisia

One year and a half ago, concepts like, good governance, openness, rule of law, transparency, accountability, zero-corruption tolerance sounded hollow and hazy words that meant nothing for Tunisian people In his opening speech at the Brasilia 2012 OGP annual conference, Hedi Ben Abbes, Tunisian Secretary of State Foreign Affairs for the Americas and Asia, said that "open government" is a revolutionary concept in his country. However, things are slowly changing, and the Arab Spring has been as...

Civil Society Transparency Report for South Africa

Allison Tilley from Open Democracy Advance Center, sent out the Civil Society Transparency Report for South Africa prepared for the OGP meeting in Brasilia and updated it onto their OGP website (and on to several places on the ODAC website). You can find the report at http://opengovpartners.org/za/transparency-in-south-africa/ or http://www.opendemocracy.org.za.

# OpenStreetMap and OpenGovernment *Mapping Brasilia during the OpenGovernment Meetings*

Along side the OGP meetings April 17-18, we spent two days opening local geo data with OpenStreetMap. There's a lot of excitement in Brazil around OpenStreetMap, which you can see in its recent community growth. Members from Track Source, Transparency Hackers, Sunlight Foundation, and others joined us and we spent some good time collecting street name and point of interest data in Taguatinga and Cruzeiro of Brasilia DF. This comes as open spatial data is an even more critical asset for...

Brasilia in a nutshell

I thought it would be helpful to note down some thoughts on Brasilia's meeting fast, whilst the memory is still fresh... The event:  Over 1200 attendees, 60 journalists registered with great news/TV coverage with O'Reilly Media's Alex Howard interviewing participants throughout the 2 days and live blogging. We had almost equal numbers government and civil society – the fact that both sides sit at the same table is one the greatest achievements of OGP to date. This is unique compared to...

The New UK Co-Chair: A Call for Opening Governance and Engaging with Civil Society

Written by David Banisar and Alan Hudson. David is Senior Legal Counsel of ARTICLE 19, global campaign for free expression and information in London. Alan leads for ONE, the global campaigning organisation, on transparency and accountability. Opening governance on a global scale is increasingly central to ONE’s agenda. @alanhudson1 @article19law At the conclusion of the High Level Conference of the Open Government Partnership in Brazil (17-18th April), the baton of leadership will pass to the...

Demonstrating Participatory Values at the Brasilia Meeting

The following blog entry was written by Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, an innovator in deliberative democracy, public administration, and organizational development. She is Founder and President of Global Voices and AmericaSpeaks, a nonprofit organization that works to engage citizens in public decisions that  impact their lives.  During the past few weeks America Speaks and Global Voices have been working with a number of partners to develop a series of online activites to support online...

What to Watch for in Brasilia 2012

Sadly, I won't be able to join the hundreds of friends and colleagues attending the Open Government Partnership's high-level meeting later this month in Brasilia. My wife and I are expecting our second daughter on or around April 22nd, so unless someone is willing to pay for a divorce lawyer to meet me on the tarmac back at Washington International Dulles Airport, I won't be stepping on a plane any time soon. (Two of my colleagues at Global Integrity, Nicole Anand and Abhinav Bahl, will be...

The Open Government Partnership - From 8 to 54 Countries

We are building here mechanisms to strengthen democracy, new ways to engage with civil society and new partnerships to address old challenges of governance. Jorge Hage is Minister of State, Head of the Comptroller General's Office of Brazil. On behalf of Brazil, he serves as the founding co-chair of the Open Government Partnership. The Open Government Partnership was officially launched in September 2011 by 8 founding governments – Brazil, Indonesia, Norway, South Africa, United Kingdom,...

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