The following post is one of nine articles published for a special supplement, Innovating Government on a Global Stage, produced for the Open Government Partnership in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). To view the original post, please visit the SSIR website. On April 17, 2012, Brazil hosted the first High-Level Conference of the Open Government Partnership (OGP)—a partnership that grew in a mere
In Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, we have taken the next step in building upon an already strong digital presence by launching our new openMontgomery platform. The platform consists of a series of tools that improve government transparency, service efficiency and effectiveness, community engagement and collaboration, public-private service coordination, and economic development. One of the
Click here for a French language version of this post Looking at this map of the Earth at night published by Nasa on its website, I am struck by an interesting observation: with only a few points of light, Africa is literally the dark continent, in terms of citizen’s access to and consumption of civil energy.
NASA Earth Observatory En regardant cette carte de la Terre dans la nuit publiée par la Nasa sur son site internet, une pensée peut frapper l’esprit: avec seulement quelques points de lumière, l’Afrique est littéralement le continent noir, en termes d’accès des citoyens à la consommation d’énergie civile. C’est assez paradoxal. En effet, ce n’est
From hackathons to social media, open government is transforming the way that Mayor Bloomberg’s administration and New York City government serve the public. And there has been no greater testament to open government’s potential than the strategy and innovation in action during Hurricane Sandy. Learning from our experience during Hurricane Irene, in the days leading
The UK’s Cabinet Secretary was originally writing in The Independent about the motivation behind Whitehall’s data crusade. For as many years as Britain has had a centralised civil service we have been rather good at collecting information. From the first censuses in 1801 to the creation of the Central Statistical Office by Winston Churchill, the
This guest blog by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, was originally posted on Wired.co.uk. Originally, the acute frustration which led me to invent the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989 was all about documents. The frustration was that all kinds of documents were sitting in
As the UK meets today to discuss OGP One Year On, Mark Robinson of the UK’s Department for International Development offers his view on the challenges facing participating countries for the year ahead. One year on from the September 2011 launch, the Open Government Partnership continues to gather strength and momentum. There is growing interest from