The barriers to citizen engagement

The Open Institute works in two main ways as regards government – citizen relations. First, we promote proactive government transparency and second, we work with citizen groups and CSOs to foster active citizenship.  Government transparency has in the past decade been achieved, to some level of success, by implementing ideas such as building open data platforms, and …

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Thoughts that preoccupy me

In the course of living my life, I am usually preoccupied with key life questions that guide my thoughts, work and impact. This is a list of the issues/ questions that I am considering. I share them in no particular order.  1. How can government truly be by the people for the people? I am pondering what …

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Proposed law could take us back to the dark days

I was alarmed to read an article in this newspaper on Wednesday that said Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i may soon access mobile phone data from any individual suspected of spying for a foreign power without a court warrant as the State switches gear in the fight against cyber espionage. I was shocked by this …

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