The Tech We Want to Open Governments

On September 4th, Open Knowledge Foundation, together with Open Knowledge Estonia and Open Knowledge Finland, held a parallel event to the Global Open Government Partnership Summit in Tallinn to talk about the tech we want (and need) to open governments.

Announcing Open Government Fellows

Last December, Open Knowledge and Code for Africa joined forces to launch a new open government fellowship, a programme that seeks to empower open government pioneers by giving them the opportunity to test their ideas on how to best harness the power of digital technologies to improve the way governments and citizens interact. Within weeks, […]

Open Government Groups Urge Congress to Restore Funding for Transparency Projects

In a letter presented to Congress last week, signed by individuals and organisations including the Open Knowledge Foundation, the US government has been urged to restore funding to the Electronic Government Fund, “which provides critical support for the construction of a more transparent and efficient government and serves as a building block for private-sector innovations […]

Ernest Marples UK postcode site has been taken down

Ernest Maples, a free service providing postcode data which we blogged about in July has recently been taken down due to legal action from the Royal Mail. Harry Metcalfe, one of the directors of the project, writes: On Friday the 2nd October we received correspondence from the Royal Mail demanding that we close this site […]

Review of economics of trading funds published by UK Government

Hot off the press – the UK’s Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has published a review of the economics of trading funds. The review follows (I think) recommendation 9 of the Power of Information review: Recommendation 9. By Budget 2008, government should commission and publish an independent review of the costs and benefits […]

David Cameron for open knowledge?

In a speech today, the Leader of the Opposition in the UK said some interesting things about freeing up Government information. He begins with some general open information philosophy: But look at our Government at home. It’s still bureaucratic, still top-down and still old-world. It still thinks it knows best and that it should keep […]