Using Freedom of Information, Citizen Engagement, and Digital Tools to Open Up Decision Making

13:40 - 15:00
Room 207, Shaw Centre

"Opening up governments through transparent decision making and enabling participations lays the groundwork to making governments accountable and responsive to citizens’ needs. Keeping them open and showing the impact is crucial for open government to work long term. In this session we want to showcase examples from throughout the world on how impact has been achieved through the smart use of freedom of information laws, engaging citizens and opening up decision-making. This workshop will first highlight three examples of engaging with citizens and using digital tools to create direct impact in short lightning talks. The three speakers will have ten minutes each to showcase their work, focusing on how they overcame the problems they faced by involving citizens. Then, participants will split into three groups according to the preference on the previous lightning talks. Presenters will facilitate a joint discussion and encourage participants to share the challenges they might be facing. Together we will co-creatively work on how the presented solutions could be replicated in different contexts or how they might inspire new approaches."

Theme: Impact

Livestream: No

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: Open Knowledge Foundation Germany

Languages available: English, French

Event type: Workshop


Michael Peters: Project Lead, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, Germany, Audrey Tang: Digital Minister, Taiwan

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