stable Politicians go off being open quite easily. Tony Blair went from being a champion of transparency in 1997 to calling himself a “nincompoop” for passing a Freedom of Information Act in 2010. Barack Obama was the “Transparency President” …

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The focus of transparency is almost always on government and public bodies. However, over the past ten years, often outside of the headlines, a growing collection of laws, regulations and technological innovations have gradually shone a light on the private …

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 Position Paper for Visible Mediations of Transparency: Changing Norms & Practices Through what media, cultural, activist and commercial forms do people learn about transparency issues? What are the dominant messages on transparency? There are a number of ways through which …

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Authors: Albert Meijer, Paul ’t Hart, and Ben Worthy Abstract How can we evaluate government transparency arrangements? While the complexity and contextuality of the values at stake defy straightforward measurement, this article provides an interpretative framework to guide and structure …

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In 2010, the Government began pushing for local authorities in England to release information on public spending over a certain threshold – in this case £500. Ben Worthy argues that although reform is needed to maximise the potential of this …

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  By their very nature users of open data are hard to track down. Looking at the most viewed and downloaded datasets for data.gov.uk raises more interesting questions that it answers. There are a few interesting signs, such as the …

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As politicians promise more and more open data to solve our problems, there is one big gap in our understanding: who is really using it? By their very nature users of open data are hard to track down. Looking at …

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On Friday of last week, the Government announced a new commission on Freedom of Information. Here, Ben Worthy offers his response to the announcement, arguing that the objections to the scope and usage of FOI that have been raised are nothing …

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  Here’s my Guardian article on Open Data (you can see it here) Open data is sweeping the world as government after government seeks to publish data and reap the hoped-for benefits: increased transparency, accountability and efficiency. One of the …

Open data on council spending is largely unread by voters Read more »