Tag Archive for "transparency"

Bringing Open Government to Local Governments

January 29, 2018 – Andreas Pavlou

[This was article was originally published on the Open Government Network website: https://www.opengovernment.org.uk/2018/01/29/bringing-open-government-to-local-governments/]   Last week, the Open Government Network was in Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds to talk with local residents and civil society organisations about the problems they face, and reforms they feel are needed, to bring about more open government in the UK.…

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Have Your Say on Open Government!

January 16, 2018 – Andreas Pavlou

Shape the next UK Open Government Action Plan Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments work better for citizens when they are transparent, participatory and accountable. The UK Open Government Network, coordinated by Involve, is travelling up and down the country to collect your ideas and proposals for reforms that you think…

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Time to build a network to transform UK democracy

November 3, 2017 – Andreas Pavlou

My name is Andreas Pavlou, and recently I started working at Involve in the newly-created position of Network Lead. Since telling my family and friends about accepting this job, I have been asked why would I leave warm and sunny Spain for cold and rainy London. Obviously, I am not here to ‘enjoy’ the weather!…

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I robot, you society, let’s talk

November 3, 2017 – Simon Burall

Isaac Asimov’s fiction paints a largely utopian technological future in which scientists develop new technology at a distance from society, but with its best interests at heart. All our real world experience, however, shows that what we really need is a science that is fully engaged with, and held accountable by, society. Isaac Asimov’s three…

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Is open government going to make a difference to citizens?

May 11, 2017 – Simon Burall

Involve has been proud to coordinate the UK Open Government Civil Society Network for the last five years. We’ve contributed, alongside many other individuals and organisations, to some tangible outcomes for open government. To pick three notable examples, in the 2013-2015 Action Plan on beneficial ownership and transparency of the extractive industry, and in the…

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Relaunching Sciencewise

March 3, 2017 – Simon Burall

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to run the Sciencewise programme for the next two years, until April 2019. Over the 11 years of its existence, Sciencewise has positioned the UK as the world leader in engaging publics, scientists and stakeholders…

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Democracy: it’s complicated

November 4, 2016 – Simon Burall

Following the High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on triggering Article 50, the newspapers are full of competing descriptions of democracy. At its simplest level, this appears to be a debate about where the decision lies, with citizens through the ballot box, or vested in the democratically elected Parliament. On the Leave side, the…

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Open Contracting: promoting transparency in public procurement

April 19, 2016 – Kaela Scott

From stationary supplies to major infrastructure projects like roads, schools and hospitals governments across the world are increasingly looking to the private sector to supply goods and services to their citizens. With the global value of this sort of outsourced procurement by the public sector now exceeding US$9.5 trillion each year (15% of global GDP)[i]…

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