The “Independent Commission on Freedom of Information”, established by the Government on 17 July 2015 to review the Freedom of Information Act, has published its findings and recommendations.  The Commission held a call for evidence, which received over 30,000 submissions, …

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The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information has published its report on the FOI Act. The five-member commission has recommended 21 different areas of the Act that should change following its review of 30,000 evidence submissions and two oral evidence …

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An Ad Hoc Introduction to Argentine Affairs This post was written by Andres Snitcofsky an open government / data activist in Argentina. See Andres Medium account for more posts – https://medium.com/@rusosnith Since a new government took office in Argentina, a party …

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2015 was a year when the Freedom of Information Act came under attack; 2016 could prove to be the year it is damaged. The government’s FOI Commission – the ‘independent review’ of the decade old Act – has been rumbling …

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The former head of the Civil Service has backed the Freedom of Information Act in its current form and said: “We need more open government, not less.” Lord Kerslake’s views on FoI are believed to be at odds with those …

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On 5th November 2015, the steering group of the Open Government Civil Society Network met with the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock MP, to discuss progress on open government in the UK. Please see a note from the meeting …

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Over 100 civil society organisations, ranging from national NGOs, to local community groups, and open government campaigners, to health, environment and transport charities, have signed the UK’s Open Government Network’s evidence to the FOI Commission, stating their support for a strong …

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  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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