Jorge Hage and Maria Otero: The Age of Open Is Upon Us | HuffPo

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Open government is fundamentally changing the way we live and solve age-old problems. Free access to information empowers individuals with the latest technologies, allowing us to more effectively fight corruption, improve services and create safer communities together. It is no exaggeration to say that open government strengthens the freedoms we cherish and the jobs that flow from those foundations. Not just in Brazil and the United States. But all around the globe.

In Brasilia on April 17 and 18, representatives from 73 countries — more than a third of the membership of the United Nations — will gather for the first Open Government Partnership annual meeting. Delegates — including President Dilma Rousseff, President Jakaya Kikwete and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — will share their personal vision and plans for throwing open the doors of government for their citizens.

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