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To celebrate International Right To Know Day, the Centre for British Politics and Public Life held a panel discussion on how Open Britain was. The UK has seen more than a decade of continuous openness reform, from Freedom of Information and Open Data and all sorts of information on gender pay gaps and experiments with election data. But where are we now?
Our panel of experts, Martin Rosenbaum (Journalist, BBC), Rosemary Agnew (Former Scottish Information Commissioner and now Scottish Public Services Ombudsman) and Professor Sarah Childs (Professor of Politics and Gender, Birkbeck College) debated how open the UK really is in 2017 and where we could go next.
If you want to know about the openness of Britain’s political candidates and restaurant hygiene, why FOI is not always enough and how Brexit could take us backwards, listen to the podcast below.
For further reading
- Martin Rosenbaum’s BBC FOI blog here
- Rosemary Agnew’s Special report in 2017 Commissioner’s Special Report – Proactive Publication: time for a rethink?
- Sarah Child’s Good Parliament Report here.
- Ben Worthy’s blog on openness here