Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration said it would reject all freedom of information requests – and then reversed itself after public outcry.
One more casualty of the coronavirus pandemic: open government. Since the crisis began, local, state and federal officials throughout the United States have locked down information from the public.
Open data offers great promise, but also some risk.
A new act requires that all nonsensitive government data be made available publicly by January 2020. But the plan could open up new privacy issues.
Easy access to government documents is essential to a healthy democracy. As a federal election approaches, Canada needs to do better.
As a Canadian federal election year dawns, an alternative approach to freedom-of-information legislation is an urgent need.
The president uses his Twitter feed to make official announcements.
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A Twitter account used for official purposes is a public forum protected by the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has ruled.
One government transparency movement may now be threatened by the other.
During Sunshine Week, three scholars of government transparency look at a potential collision between the old freedom of information movement and the new open government movement. Is there room for both?
Communicative and responsive leaders could well be the main ingredient for citizens to participate.
Complaint systems, such as the government initiative LAPOR!, will fail to build trust if bureaucracies are unresponsive.
The future of citizenship is more distributed, interactive and local than dealing with central government through new technology. That may be sad news for those who wish to interact with the likes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in virtual reality if not in person.
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The disruptive impact of intelligent machines and new social movements will force us to remake citizenship into a more personal pursuit over the next 150 years.
Can the president block people from seeing his tweets?
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It's a new constitutional question for the internet age: Should the president be allowed to block someone on Twitter?
Demonstrators march against corruption in Cape Town. South Africa has some way to go to plug a public accountability deficit.
South Africa's end of term report at the helm of the Open Government Partnership shows that it failed to meet key targets it set for itself. But it also shows improvements in some areas.
Open to all?
The actions of the Coalition government speak louder than words in its commitment to open government.
No one will find the report now.
A new report from Sense About Science reveals the scale of politics before evidence.
The Australian Taxation Office has already started down the path of publishing information on tax paid by Australian companies.
Open government and public data could contribute up to A$16 billion per annum to the Australian economy.
Unemployed graduates in Tunisia demonstrate to demand that the government provides job opportunities.
In the wake of the Arab Spring the international community lauded Tunisia's political transition to democracy. But a plethora of challenges may threaten democratic consolidation in the country.
Fear dominates political conversations and slowly strengthens the acceptability of secrecy in 21st-century governments.
Australian society has become dangerously accustomed to our politicians using "national security" as an excuse for the obfuscation of sticky truths.
Two new platforms: Meerkat and Periscope.
Filming, live-streaming, sharing on your smartphone – and what that could mean for governments.
More data - that’s the ticket.
The UK government has been ranked first in the world for its transparency and the ease of accessing government information by the World Wide Web Foundation’s OpenData barometer. The report echoes the Open…
Many countries still need to clean up their act on anti-corruption and whistleblowing protections.
Despite the adoption of a third two-year G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan, corruption received only a few lines in the latest G20 leaders’ communique. The credibility of the G20 as a whole now rests on…
Sharing is caring – especially with government documents.
Amid the intense discussion surrounding the release of the Australian government’s budget 2014-2015 one notable feature of the budget documents has seemingly gone unremarked by most commentators. The budget…
Attorney General George Brandis will be expected to lead the culture change to one of open information.
Tony Abbott’s 2013 election platform promised to “restore accountability and improve transparency measures to be more accountable to you”. In spite of this promise the first Abbott government budget will…
Getting information out of the IAEA: hard.
When we agree to send our young men and women to war, we expect the reasons why to be made clear. At least some of us will want to subject that explanation to scrutiny at the time, and often even more…