Dear Open Gov Network,
Thank you to all who have participated in developing the OGN 2018 Manifesto document, with edits, ideas and comments.
The document has been edited over the last few days and the text has been consolidated under FOUR themes:
- Follow the money in government: Transparency of government budgets, grants, contracts and spending are central to the delivery of public services and scrutiny of spending.
- Law, participation and policy: More open decision making processes where citizens can participate effectively will help government and parliament make better decisions.
- Strengthening accountability and anti-corruption efforts: Accountability mechanisms at the national, local and global level need modernising. The UK must tackle illicit financial flows and build on its work to increase transparency of aid, the extractives industry, and beneficial ownership data.
- Building open data infrastructure for action: A public data infrastructure will support good governance and innovation, but it must also respect privacy and citizen rights.
The period for further comment under ‘Network Consensus’ has been extended a few more days for your feedback - until 5pm on Thursday 24th May. After that, I will start to get the document ready for publication before the end of the month.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.