At UN, Obama calls for government openness

AP News
Posted: Sep 20, 2011 2:46 PM
At UN, Obama calls for government openness

President Barack Obama is calling on emerging and established democracies to make their governments more transparent by getting citizens involved and using new technologies to make information available.

The president spoke Tuesday at the United Nations to inaugurate an Open Government Partnership that the U.S. and Brazil are co-chairing. Dozens of other nations and civil society organizations are also involved, with the goal of finding new ways to engage citizens and allow them to hold governments responsible.

He said the U.S. was putting its commitment into practice by pursuing new protections for whistleblowers, creating a new way for citizens to petition the White House online, and joining a global initiative in which oil, gas and mining companies disclose more information about how much they're paying to extract natural resources.