Our Support for OGP

My post last week raised concerns over the staffing and workload challenges facing the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee, Support Unit, and Independent Reporting Mechanism in the coming months. I suspect many agree with those concerns, but I appreciate why they may have rubbed some the wrong way having aired them publicly. My intent in…

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Meet Christina Crawley

We’re thrilled to welcome Christina Crawley as the inaugural Manager for the OpenGov Hub community, a shared, open workspace for like-minded organizations in downtown Washington, D.C. that’s set to open in early-October. As the primary point of contact for the OpenGov Hub, Christina will play a key role in making the Hub community a gathering point for…

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The Open Government Partnership’s Make or Break Year

[Edited on 7 September 2012 to remove an inadvertant reference to internal Steering Committee deliberations, and to correct descriptions of staffing levels.] As the Open Government Partnership enters its second full year as an established international initiative, there’s much to be celebrated. More than 50 governments have signaled their commitment to open government reforms by…

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Beyond Text, Few Parallels between New Russian and Existing U.S. CSO Laws

On August 14th, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a lecture called “Understanding and Responding to Attacks on Civil Society: The Rule of Politics and Law.”  Panelist Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, qualified new Russian legislation as an “attack” on the freedom of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).  I was intrigued to hear…

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