December 27, 2011

Open Government: A New Window on the World

ONE IRONY of the digital revolution is that it has made the once relatively simple concept of government transparency significantly more opaque. In the old days of paper, transparency generally meant two things: meetings and documents. The game was about what public officials would show you and what they wouldn't and how long it would take to find out.

As the Web enabled new sorts of communication between the government and its governed, the blanket term "transparency" expanded to include a host of programs that make democracy more participatory through blogs, wikis and social media conversations. The scope, possibilities and trapdoors of transparency write large are on display through the Open Government Partnership, a new association of more than 40 nations committed to open government practices.

>Read more about the open gov partnership here and check the Partnership's website here

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