22 Feb 2014

Open Data Day 2014: Open Government Standards


Madrid, 22 February 2014 - As open data activists around the world celebrate "Open Data Day" on 22 February 2014, Access Info Europe recalls that Open Data is an integral part of all work to promote open government and has been integrated into the core of the Open Government Standards, which are being promoted by civil society as a framework for determining and evaluating government progress on openness. To mark Open Data Day 2014, Access Info reiterated its call for governments to ensure that all data released in digital formats is made available in an open format. In practice this

Open Data Day 2014: Open Government Standards2018-11-13T10:12:09+01:00
18 Dec 2013

Recommendations for Progressive Improvements on RTI


Madrid/Halifax, 18 December 2013 - Specialist right to information organisations Access Info Europe and Centre for Law and Democracy led on the drafting of a set of recommendations for progressive improvements to the right to information (RTI) which should be introduced by governments participating in the Open Government Partnership (OGP). These recommendations form the right to information chapter of the Open Government Guide, which was released at the Open Government Partnership Summit in October 2013. In addition to the key recommendation that States should adopt a law giving effect to the right to information which meets international standards, the chapter

Recommendations for Progressive Improvements on RTI2018-11-13T10:12:14+01:00
12 Dec 2013

Standards: Lobbying Transparency via Right to Information Laws


Standards: Lobbying Transparency via Right to Information Laws Madrid, 12 December 2013 – Access Info Europe today published a set of recommendations on the information which governments should make available to ensure that there is full transparency around lobbying. “It is not sufficient to place the burden on lobbyists to publish information: public bodies have an obligation to be transparent about their relations with interest groups,” said Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info Europe.

Standards: Lobbying Transparency via Right to Information Laws2018-11-13T10:12:14+01:00
1 Nov 2013

OGP countries need to take the Right to Information seriously


Halifax/Madrid, 1 November 2013 - Global right to information organisations Access Info Europe (AIE) and the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) today called on Open Government Partnership (OGP) Participating Countries to make serious commitments to strengthen their right to information laws in the next round of action plans, due to be presented in April 2014. One of the biggest concerns at the London OGP summit is that governments are not making commitments which will move them beyond the current situation and that they are not being ambitious or “stretching” with planned reforms. This concern is particularly acute in relation

OGP countries need to take the Right to Information seriously2018-11-13T10:12:18+01:00
28 Oct 2013

Open Government Partnership: Civil society challenges Spain’s self assessment of open government commitments


Madrid, 28 October 2013 - Within the framework of the Open Government Partnership, Spain has submitted its self-assessment of its open government commitments made in the April 2012 national action plan. Access Info Europe considers that this first action plan introduced by Spain as well as its self-assessment are of low quality and therefore will accomplish little in Spain's development towards a more open government. On the one hand, the action plan introduced has only four relevant commitments that will directly affect Open Government development in Spain: The approval of a Transparency Law, the Transparency and Accountability of Official Development

Open Government Partnership: Civil society challenges Spain’s self assessment of open government commitments2018-11-13T10:12:19+01:00
30 Jul 2013

Open Government Project


1 February 2013 - The Open Government Standards are being drafted through a consultative process amongst civil society organisations across the world that are working to promote open government. The Standards define the measures that different governments must adopt in order to advance and become Open Governments. Participation It means that the public can engage directly in the consideration of policy options and decision making, and contribute ideas and evidence that lead to policies, laws, and decisions which best serve society and broad democratic interests. That governments actively seek to mobilize citizens to engage in public debate, and that mechanisms

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14 Nov 2012

Measuring Transparency Debate


The Debate on How to Measure “Openness” 9 November 2012 – In a public comment issued today, Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info Europe and Toby Mendel, Executive Directorof the Centre for Law and Democracy respond to criticisms of the RTI Rating in the paper Measuring Openness: A Survey of Transparency Ratings and the Prospects for a Global Index by Sheila Coronel, Director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Profesor at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University. The authors of the comment also raise concerns about the various global indices of “transparency” and

Measuring Transparency Debate2020-02-14T13:46:32+01:00
13 Nov 2012

Spain is a world leader in Open Data. Says who?


13 November 2012 – In September 2012 the Web Foundation published the first edition of its Open Data Index, “a specific set of 14 indicators directly targeted at measuring open data worldwide”. Many open data and transparency activists in Spain were surprised to find Spain in the leading pack, since Spain still doesn't have an access to information law and there is no coherent national Open Data policy or practice. The only actively maintained Open Data initiatives are those started by a few local and regional governments, with no coordination or support from the national level. More importantly, key datasets

Spain is a world leader in Open Data. Says who?2018-11-13T10:13:10+01:00
15 Aug 2012

Call for input for OGS


Access Info Europe has led for the last year a campaign aimed to create Open Government Standards and promote them around the world. The idea was to set standards on what open, transparent, accountable and participatory government really means. The website http://www.opengovstandards.org/ unfolds the work behind this project. Open Government is a hot topic right now, but what does it really mean in practice? What should government be doing in the areas of Transparency, Participation and Accountability to qualify as “open governments”? What are the uses of new communications technologies, which really advance openness as opposed to merely perpetuating existing

Call for input for OGS2018-11-13T10:13:15+01:00
17 Apr 2012

Closed World Corporate Transparency


Unfair business practices supported by government secrecy new report warns Open Government Partnership countries score badly on promoting corporate transparency London/Brasilia, 17 April 2012 – Private corporations around the world are benefitting from undue levels of secrecy around company registers making it impossible for the public to know how businesses are structured and who really owns them, according to a new report released today by the organisation OpenCorporates. OpenCorporates’ report, “The Closed World of Company Data” finds that of 55 countries surveyed, the average score for public access to the company register is just 21 out of

Closed World Corporate Transparency2018-11-13T10:13:20+01:00