OECD's Open Government Recommendations Are Open for Feedback
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OECD's Open Government Recommendations Are Open for Feedback

by maxkortlander   |   06 Sep, 2017

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is drafting a Recommendation on Open Government. The draft is currently public, and is open for citizen feedback until September 10th.

While the Recommendation is very articulate regarding the definitions and benefits of open government practices, it is lacking necessary concern for individual privacy and the security of personal data. In fact, the word privacy does not appear a single time in the Recommendation. As e-governance produces and stores vast amounts of individuals’ data, the security and privacy of this data must be explicitly protected.

Fortunately, there is an opportunity to voice concerns such as these on the OECD’s on-site survey. Interested? Have something to add to the discussion? Find out more about the OECD’s Recommendation here, and help shape the future of open governance! Please note that the survey does require the entry of first and last names, as well as a valid email address. The survey takes anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on the respondent’s level of detail. The survey allows for very specific feedback, giving users the option to rate and comment on each individual provision.

This Recommendation is the latest in a series of open government analysis by the OECD spanning more than 10 years. The Recommendation is largely based upon this previous research, in particular the Report on Open Government: The Global Context and the Way Forward, which was published by the OECD in 2016. The current Recommendation will focus on five key areas:    

  1. How to develop and implement open government strategies and initiatives

  2. How to establish a specific environment to enable open government to flourish

  3. How to promote open and inclusive policymaking through stakeholder’s participation

  4. How the government can foster a culture of monitoring and evaluation of open government practices

  5. How to encourage a paradigm shift from open government towards open state.

A key aspect of the Recommendation is a series of proposals for specific definitions to be used and understood by key actors when discussing open government. The Recommendation’s definitions and justifications are very strong in considering open government as a culture that must be developed. The Recommendation also makes clear the benefits in productivity, efficiency, and quality that arise from adoption of open government practice. In particular, the OECD notes how open government practices can benefit:

–the creation of local and international networks

–the sharing of resources, knowledge, expertise, and technology

–dialogue between civil society, the private sector, and governments

–the clarity and availability of public information

–monitoring and evaluation of government services

 
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