Open Government – What’s in a Name?

Christina Rogawski and Andrew Young also contributed to this blog.

“Open government” is a central concept to the work at the GovLab, and one where we try to follow developments closely. Even a quick scan of our GovLab Digest over the past several months shows a range of posts on what open government means – across ideas such as Internet connectivity and bandwidth, providing APIs and software development kits (SDKs) to developers, connecting citizens with their government, improving the way people and governments interact, as an ongoing, open conversation between governments and citizens, and giving people opportunities to take action based on what they learn through transparency.


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  • Lindsea K. Wilbur

    Great compilation—definitely useful and needed.

  • Richard
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  • Cesar Nicandro Cruz-Rubio

    Dear friends:
    I want to share with you a prezi about this very important issue entitled: “What is (and what is not) open government”

    I hope you like .
    Thanks for granted

  • Cesar Nicandro Cruz-Rubio

    Here a proposed (current) definition of open government,

    Taking into account Christopher Hood and M. Jackson “Administrative Argument” Book, I propose here that open government is an emerging “in progress” politico – administrative philosophy

    “We define open government as an administrative and political philosophy, a new paradigm or sociopolitical interaction model- that is firmly based on the values ​​and principles of transparency, participatory democracy, citizen empowerment, accountability, and the use of technological advances, open data and the transformation of governments into platforms that promote collaboration and interaction. As a philosophy, this model also defines a strategy to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and for administrative modernization processes, putting citizens at the center of attention and as the main priority. Open Government provides a clear alternative for the management of public affairs. As an administrative political philosophy, it is differentiable with respect to other existing administrative strategies or philosophies.” (April, 2014)

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