The UK Open Government Civil Society Network (OGN) is a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government and other powerful institutions work better for people through enhanced transparency, participation and accountability.
The OGN was formed in 2012 by members of UK civil society in response to the UK Government becoming a founding member of the Open Government Partnership – a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
The OGN collaborates with and challenges governments in the UK to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms through the UK’s membership of the Open Government Partnership, and coordinates civil society advocacy on open government issues.
It has partnered with the government to develop the following UK Open Government National Action Plans.
The network currently has hundreds of members and a steering group:
Resham Kotecha, Head of Policy, Open Data Institute
Mor Rubenstein, Founder, Open Heroines
Evelyn James, Diverse 5050 Campaign Manager, Women’s Equality Network Wales
Josiah Mortimer, Chief Reporter, Byline Times
Daniel Aldridge, Head of Policy, BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
Tim Durrant, Programme Director, The Institute for Government
Dr Ben Worthy, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, Birkbeck College
Secretariat for the UK OGN is Involve.
Chloe Ter-Berg from Involve is currently providing support. Chloe’s time has been kindly funded by Involve, Transparency International, and the Electoral Reform Society.
Email: [email protected]
The best way to get involved in the Open Government Network is through joining the Open Government Forum. The forum hosts mailing lists for the UK Open Government Network and devolved networks.
+44 (0)20 3745 4334
The UK Open Government Network formalised its terms of reference in September 2015. These set out details and requirements of the OGN’s: