Article: What is open government?

Open Governance, Politics, Standards

What is open government?

In general terms, an open government is one with high levels of transparency and mechanisms for public scrutiny and oversight in place, with an emphasis on government accountability.

Transparency is considered the traditional hallmark of an open government, meaning that the public should have access to government-held information and be informed of government proceedings. In recent years, however, the definition of open government has expanded to include expectations for increased citizen participation & collaboration in government proceedings through the use of modern, open technologies.

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Article: The Importance of Open Government

Open Governance, Politics, Standards

The Importance of Open Government

In 2009 President Obama, as his first decision as President of the United States, issued his first executive order that required agencies to identify and release “high value” data sets. The problem was that many did not release this information. In 2013, President Obama pushed an Executive Order that mandated all data be open. This push for openness and transparency in the government has led to the term open government. However, Obama’s true goal was for both an open and collaborative government.  As Obama’s memorandum states:

My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”

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