In July 2011, the State Department hosted an historic gathering in Washington to announce an Open Government Partnership (OGP) with Brazil and six other nations. Last Friday, I went to the White House -- the Executive Office Building, to be exact - and participated in a roundtable that focused on next steps for the OGP. The discussion was hosted by OIRA administrator Cass Sunstein and featured a dozen representatives from open government groups, including OMB Watch, America Speaks, Open the Government and SUNY Albany, amongst others. Here are some notes from Lucas Cioffi from the second such consultation:
http://ncdd.org/5495

I'll be posting my own notes from that meeting at Govfresh and an interview with undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs Maria Otero at Radar later this month.

In the meantime, if any the fine folks following me here are aware of other analysis or information about this partnership, please let me know. (alex@oreilly.com) I'll be attending a forum here in Washington to discuss the partnership's challenges and potential, along with the broader prospects for open government in the federal government, and would be happy to share what I'm hearing from the distributed community.

Here's some more context, if you're looking for depth and more reading:

The plan will be unveiled in September during this year’s United Nations General Assembly.
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/

The formation of the OGP revisited the bilateral <a href="">US-Indian partnership on open government announced during President Obama's trip to India last November.
http://gov20.govfresh.com/curry-and-co-creation-a-new-us-indian-partnership-on-open-government/

While India withdrew from the Open Government Partnership, its leaders are reported to be working with the United States on an open source Data.gov and against cybercrime.
http://www.freedominfo.org/2011/07/india-withdraws-from-open-government-partnership/

Over the past few weeks, analysis and information has steadily been emerging about what this open government partnership will mean to open government in the United States and around the world. If you haven't been tracking what's happening, here's a digest of some of the best commentary available:

Nick Judd, techPresident: U.S, Brazil Lead International Open Government Partnership:
http://techpresident.com/blog-entry/us-brazil-lead-international-open-government-partnership

David Sasaki: Democracy Building 2.0: The Open Government Partnership - Game Changer or Symbolic Slogan?
http://el-oso.net/blog/archives/2011/07/11/democracy-building-2-0-the-open-government-partnership-game-changer-or-symbolic-slogan/

Greg Michener, C.S. Monitor: Open Government Partnership: A new direction for US foreign policy?
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/Latin-America-Monitor/2011/0713/The-Open-Government-Partnership-a-new-direction-for-US-foreign-policy

Carlos Pereira, Brookings Institute: Is Brazil Fit to Lead the Open Government Partnership? Secrecy vs. Transparency and the Ambivalence of Brazil’s Presidents
http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2011/0718_brazil_government_pereira.aspx

Daniel Kauffman, Brookings Institute: Open Government Partnership: First Steps and the Road Ahead
http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2011/0719_open_government_kaufmann.aspx

Global Integrity: Our Role in the Open Government Partnership
http://globalintegrity.org/blog/our-role-in-ogp

Aleem Walji, World Bank: The Shift from eGov to WeGov
http://blogs.worldbank.org/category/tags/open-government-partnership

OMB Watch: New Open Government Partnership Could Drive U.S. Commitments
http://www.ombwatch.org/node/11784

That last link gets to the heart of what's next for the OGP: participating countries must make concrete commitments to increase transparency within the next year. The initial participants, including the U.S., will have to finalize their commitments this September at the United Nations, which means little time remains in terms of what they're going to be.
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