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Mexico inches to restore open government agenda - ITREALMS

The Mexican open government agenda may have been restored following series of meetings in recent times, reports ITREALMS.

Giving this insight on behalf of Mexican Open Government Agenda, Juan M. Casanueva of SocialTIC.org, noted that since December 2018 slight hopes of restoring the national agenda emerged with the new administration which took office in December.

ITREALMS gathered that since then, several meetings were held where issues were discussed with a pointer to the key step towards restoring the agenda and starting the construction of a 4th Action Plan.

This, Juan said was in order to co-create public policy that would address the abusive and illegal use of surveillance malware by the Mexican government.

“Today, we have jointly made public say that the Mexican open government agenda has been restored” Juan declared.

Juan revealed that in parallel of the construction of the 4th Action Plan, a collaborative roadmap has been established to co-create public policy regarding illegal government surveillance.

Further, Juan said that the roadmap aims at building public policy on government surveillance some steps, including “Public event to discuss the current international and national state of surveillance and discuss multi-party suggestions on needed public policy - March 26th 2019; Initial draft of a public policy recommendations document - May 2019; Co-creation process and final public policy document and implementation roadmap - August 2019; and Public policy implementations starting August 2019

If real progress is achieved throughout 2019, not only could we consider asking the OGP Standards Committee to stop the current Response Policy but, most importantly, an ambitious open government agenda will be restored in Mexico.”

The civil society core group, expressed optimism that this new administration will have the political will to address the agreements.

They pointed out that in countries like Mexico, that institutional weakness prevails as an enabler of corruption, human rights abuse and inequality, real openness is needed so that adequate polices can become operative and beneficial for its citizens.

“We will continue to work alongside the government when real commitment and security is guaranteed for civil society,” Juan submitted.

Chuks Egbune/Editor

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