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Carter Center Creates Transparency Event Calendar

Our friends at the Carter Center are doing good work in coordinating the many people working on access to information issues worldwide. Their latest effort is a shared events calendar. Access to Information and Transparency Events From their website: In order to enhance cooperation and coordination, share materials and methodologies, and allow organizations to better…

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Russian Human Rights Lawyer Poisoned

Novaya Gazeta reports that Karinna Moskalenko, a lawyer representing the family of a murdered Russian journalist, has mercury poisoning. Mercury has been found in Moskalenko’s car; husband and children are also sick; police are investigating. The following is a World Movement for Democracy email alert: DemocracyAlert: Russian Human Rights Lawyer Karinna Moskalenko Poisoned According to…

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2008 Legatum Prosperity Index

Disclosure: Legatum is a funder of Global Integrity. The Legatum Institute launches its second annual Prosperity Index, a sweeping aggregation of data on what makes a country successful, including both material wealth and life satisfaction. Legatum describes it thus: Q: What is the Legatum Prosperity Index?A: The Prosperity Index is an inquiry into the nature…

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South Africa: The Rusty Padlock Award, Which You Really Don’t Want

Our friends at ODAC in South Africa have coined a delightful new “award” for institutional stubbornness and opacity. Bophirima District Municipality has today won the Rusty Padlock Award for being the most unresponsive, secretive, chronically non-compliant public institution in South Africa. ODAC also runs a rather less cynical Golden Key Award, which celebrates open and…

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