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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The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information was announced exactly one month ago yesterday, but no more information has been given out about its work. Fortunately, now that 20 working days have passed, some information about the review might start …

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SUMMARY: The government has set up a commission to review the relevance of freedom of information requests – but open data doesn’t make them redundant. A government funded organisation that was founded by the inventor of the World Wide Web, …

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Data analysis and visualizations are the most useful end products as BI professionals and even data scientists. They give actionable insights to the end user. With all the data initiatives and people working with it, there are now a lot of examples of government open …

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On Friday, the UK Government announced a new commission to review the Freedom of Information Act. The announcement cited the UK’s first place ranking in our Open Data Barometer to justify the commission’s mandate to review, and allegedly limit, the …

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On Friday, the UK Government announced a review of the Freedom of Information Act, citing the UK’s first-place ranking in our Open Data Barometer. Our CEO, Anne Jellema, responded by urging the UK Government not to use the UK’s ranking …

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We are committed to being the most transparent Government in the world. To deliver that goal we are opening up government to citizens by making it easier to access information and increase the volume available, with a record 20,000 datasets …

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On a quiet, sunny, Friday afternoon in July the Conservative government announced that it would review the Freedom of Information Act.  A panel – The Freedom of Information Commission (with FOI Commissioners) – was formed to look at the scope …

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Former Treasury perm sec Lord Burns to review Freedom of Information laws and consider “safe space” argument, while Cabinet Office takes over responsibility for FOI from the Ministry of Justice Ministers have launched an independent review of the Freedom of Information …

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