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Defining open government• Open government themes – Open information – public access to government information upon request – promotes lively democracy, integrity, better decisions – Open data – proactive publication of public sector information – drives innovation – Open dialogue – civic engagement and collaboration – leads to improved service delivery and participation• Open government styles – Political openness – transparency data – inert/offline data – Technological openness – operational data – adaptable/online data
Open government challenges• Implementing open PSI – key challenges identified in OAIC survey of agency practice – complying with web accessibility guidelines – open licensing – applying metadata to documents – adopting charging policies that balance openness and commercialisation – creating an internal governance structure that is aligned to proactive release – leadership support for cultural change
Open government challenges• Resolving internal cultural barriers to proactive release – Reluctance to release unrefined data or to lose control of data use – Fear of complaints or liability arising from public reliance on data – Aversion to allowing the private sector to capitalise freely on valuable government data – Misrepresentation of data by data recipients – Special interest objections to disclosure of particular information – Concern about privacy breaches arising from data-matching – Fear of unintended consequences through the way information is used
Open government challenges• Aligning agency processes and culture to technological openness: is agency data – – Open by design? – Public by default? – Shared, discoverable, accessible, downloadable, adaptable, re-useable?• Review of the FOI framework for document access
Open government challenges• FOI tension points – Increased workload and resource pressures on agencies, and unproductive battles with FOI applicants – Concern that FOI changes inhibit constructive policy development and distort agency briefing and recording keeping – Adapting FOI to current government practices (eg, digital record keeping and proactive engagement with community) – Protecting privacy (including of agency officials) when there is increased electronic publication of FOI disclosures
Questions?Protecting information rights – advancing information policy www.oaic.gov.au