On September 19th, many of British Columbia’s leading minds on freedom of information and privacy issues gathered in downtown Vancouver for the 2012 BC Information Summit. Under the moniker This Time, It’s Personal: Freedom of Information and Privacy Under Government 2.0, the one-day conference dove into the finer points of the BC Government’s sweeping new
This post originally appeared on Huffington Post Politics. The transparency movement has opened a Pandora’s Box. It’s transforming the world for the better. And now we have started, there’s just no going back. But why would you want to stop transparency, even if you could? Open data is driving growth and prosperity. Data is the
On the international stage, Ireland is very much a country of contrasts: On one hand, Ireland holds an international reputation as a knowledge economy and as a global technological centre-of-excellence. On the other hand, its government is one of the least progressive exponents of e-Participation in the world, according to 2012 WebIndexReport. Why is this? And what can
This infographic, designed to mark the first year anniversary of the Open Government Partnership, can be downloaded from Flickr and embedded on your own website or blog via Visual.ly. What do you think about this infographic and/or OGP’s first year? Are you satisfied with the partnership’s progress? Perhaps you are surprised by the level
Does the Open Government agenda have something useful to say about corruption? The Open Government’s working assumption is that a revolution in openness will raise confidence in governments across the board by raising levels of public participation and ensuring more effective delivery of services. However the removal of corruption from the provision of such services
Happy Birthday OGP! One year older and growing bigger by the day. You have all seen the numbers: almost 60 countries, more than 300 commitments. Some teething problems, but processes and principles are almost in place. Is OGP ready to start delivering change on the ground? Is civil society ready to play its part?
Data is a 21st century commodity – it’s the new oil. There is almost no limit to the economic and social impact it can generate, with new applications and tools being released every day. The European Commission’s Open Data Strategy aims to make the most of this huge asset in the single market. In