Research on Open Data and Transparency

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New mySociety Report on Freedom of Information in Local Government

Here’s a very good report on the state of FOI and local government in the UK by Alex Parsons and Rebecca Rumbul at mySociety-see it here. 


The Executive summary and my Foreward are below.

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United Kingdom End-of-Term Report 2016-2018 – For Public Comment


United Kingdom End-of-Term Report 2016-2018 – For Public Comment

In 2019, the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) (including me) published the end of term report for the United Kingdom’s third action plan. The report covers the full action plan implementation period of October 2017 through May 2018. The version of the report for public comment is available here. The two-week public comment period will remain open from 12 April 2019 until close of business on 26 April 2019.

Read it, download and feedback here.

You can read about the report ‘The UK’s Third NAP Mid-Term Report: Events, Evolution and (Un)evenness’ here.

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FOI Man: What we don’t know about FOI

Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

Here’s some interesting thoughts from FOI man on what we don’t know about FOI

It’s tempting to assume that 18 years after the Freedom of Information Act (‘FOIA’) became law, we know everything about its application. Practitioners could be excused for believing that — although they themselves don’t know the answer to every FOI query that might arise — they aren’t more than a few decision notices or tribunal decisions away from knowing. Yet this isn’t the case. As with most laws, there are questions about FOIA’s interpretation that have never been asked, let alone answered. 

Read it here