Hello world

This site is intended to provide a location for me to post ideas about the openness of government (or lack of it), and how this might be improved.

It is predicated on the belief that, while a freedom of information law is a critical step towards open government, the mix of drivers required to facilitate a truly participative and more accountable style of governing means that FOI on its own it is unlikely to produce the desired shift towards openness, and therefore unlikely to produce all the benefits sought.

It is likely to consider topics including the design of freedom of information regimes, evaluation of the operation of these regimes, transparency and its difference from open government, and access to (and re-use of) data held by government agencies.

The frequency of posts is likely to be erratic, and dependent on the time available to the author to sit down and write something worth reading.