Opening Up – [VIDEO]

by Richard Fahey on 24/06/2013

Guardian Technology reporter Jemina Kiss talking to Mike Bracken (UK Government Digital Chief) and Francis Maude (Cabinet Office Minister) about and a radical shakeup in the government’s digital estate.



Jordan Raynor – Co-founder of Citizinvestor — outlines his new platform for the crowd-funding of local government projects. The site – similar to Kickstarter – highlights public services projects that are in the pipeline but unfunded and provides a mechanism for citizen to contribute financially to their implementation.

(h/t Govfresh)


Heather Brooke’s battle to expose government corruption

25 November 2012

Freedom of Information campaigner Heather Brooke’s powerful Ted talk traces her battle to uncover the British Parliamentary financial expenses and the resulting political scandal in 2009. She urges us to ask our leaders questions through platforms like Freedom of Information requests — and to finally get some answers. On her fight for Parliament expenses information: […]

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Support Open Data Ireland by Raising KildareStreet

29 October 2012

The popular website, was effectively shut-down earlier this month by changes to data feeds on the Irish Government’s Oireachtas website. The independent website – created and run by John Handelaar – utilized public data sets to provide a convenient and searchable archive of everything said in the Dáil [Irish Parliament] since January 2004, and […]

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Clay Shirky on How the Internet will transform government

29 September 2012

Clay Shirky’s recent TED talk, “How the Internet will (one day) transform government,” is a powerful assessment of how governments can utilize the power of the Internet to lower the costs of doing things. He investigates the government’s role in the coordination of collective effort, and how the intrinsic features of the web can mean […]

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UK Gov On Creating Randomised Controlled Trials

17 July 2012

The UK Cabinet Office’s behavioural insights team recently published a guidance document on the topic ‘Test, Learn, Adapt: Developing Public Policy with Randomised Controlled Trials‘. The paper describes how the government should be more rigorous in assessing the impact of its policies to make sure they’re effective, deliver value for money and represent the best […]

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