• Citizens have a right to accessgovernment documents andproceedings to support effective publicoversight• Citizens have a right to have their viewsconsidered during government decisionmaking.Dates back to European Enlightenmentin the 18th Century.Traditional open government
Has been expanded to include:• Citizens have a right to access, repurposeand reuse government open data (PSI)• Expectation that government shoulddevelop and use open systems, sharingthem across agencies and communities.• Decision-making should be citizen-centric, government’s role is tocoordinate, curate views & implementOpen government today
The big changein openness…PresentCitizens are(or wish to be)active participantsin governanceprocesses anddecisions.PastCitizens consideredpassive subjects ofgovernments (albeitwith some right toscrutinise decisionsand processes).
Open Government is oftenconfused with Gov 2.0What’s the difference?
Open government is the philosophy (Why).Government 2.0 is about the process & toolsfor achieving open government (How).IMHO - the difference
Using tools and techniques enabled by digitaltechnologies to bring citizens inside the tent. Empowering citizens to be active participants ingovernment decision-making processes andsupporting them to do for themselves. Opening up public data for public reuse to informand enable new insights, better decisions andmore effective policy. Initiatives from individuals and non-governmentorganisations as well as government.Government 2.0 includes...
Open Government Partnershipwww.opengovpartnership.orgPrinciples:• Increase the availability of informationabout governmental activities.• Support civic participation.• Implement the highest standards ofprofessional integrity throughoutour administrations.• Increase access to newtechnologies for opennessand accountability.
In mid-2012:73%of Australian Government agenciesreported using social media forofficial purposesThe social media majority
What the Australian Government isusing social media for..Answer choice Response ShareFor stakeholder engagement or collaboration 32 54.24%Operating an information campaign 25 42.37%Responding to customer enquiries/comments/complaints 25 42.37%For engaging with journalists and media outlets 24 40.68%For engagement or collaboration with other governmentagencies24 40.68%Monitoring citizen, stakeholder and/or lobbyist views andactivities17 28.81%For a public consultation process 16 27.12%For a stakeholder or other restricted access consultation 13 22.03%Other type of activity (i.e. recruitment, crowdsourcing, staff) 11 18.64%For policy or services co-design 7 11.86%
Over 1,000 online consultations in last four yearsOver 860 Departmental Twitter accountsOver 120 agency blogsOver 250 Facebook pagesOver 300 agency mobile appsOver 200 agency YouTube channelsAt least 12 data competitions (13th in June)At least 6 open data sites (7th coming in May)All levels of Aus government