#OpenGov – Beyond compliance

June 18, 2015


Compliance is the enemy of accountability.   Once you tick a box, your responsibility ends.  You are safe.  It is “compliance” that make a veteran prove annually that he lost his legs in order to receive benefits.  That is not the fault of the person ticking the box – it is the fault of the system based on hierarchies and silos.

Open Government must be principle-based – transparency, accountability, participation and innovation must be integrated into the vision and daily practice.

And yes, ensuring regulatory compliance is always met and exceeded is part of accountability.

This is one of a series post in preparation for my participation on a panel called “Let’s Get Digital” at a smart cities conference in Rome.