Open Government: Opening out what is already there?

Three clips from the three opening speakers at last Wednesday’s late DigitalLunch on

“Open Government is a big umbrella term for all kinds of reforms, but the common thread amongst all of them is that it increases transparency, participation and/or accountability” – Tim Hughes, Involve

“We already have people involved in policy-making, mostly the lobbyists. This means is that the powerful and those with the money to pay can get involved. So this isn’t a new thing, it is just opening that up.” – Matilda Murday, Dem Soc

“Nobody is going to be particularly enthused by more data or necessarily more information. What we need to do is to start weaving that into a post agreement narrative, substituting some of the promises of a more engaged civic society.”

If you are interested in joining the Open Government Network for Northern Ireland: I’ll be writing up a more detailed summary of the whole discussion later in the week…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty