Is Your Government Open or Closed?


Posted OCT 2011

The making of a new geopolitical identity is challenging governments to be both democratic and open.

Posted OCT 2011

The making of a new geopolitical identity was marked when the Open Government Partnership (OGP) launched with a gathering of heads of state and senior officials in New York on September 20, 2011. The global initiative now raises the visibility and differentiation of governments to strive beyond being mere democracies but are explicitly challenged to be both democratic and open.

The aim of this new multilateral initiative is to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. As of today however, almost two thirds of the world's nations remain classified as closed based on the governance structures currently in place.

Many governments while slower to adopt transparency and civil liberties measure have been actively harnessing the new media of the Internet to build platforms to better engage with their citizenry.  Over 40 percent of all governments around the world have Government 2.0 or Gov2.0 launched technology-based initiatives for building transparency, participation and collaboration into the government process, specifically using architectures founded on social media, cloud computing, and open data.

As countries create and reach their goals for openness, we may soon behold a political vista in which nations of the world are recognized as either "open" or "closed".

Check out the interactive world map on open government:



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