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Rule 77, An Attack on Marine Transparency

As an organization working on transparency and accountability issues worldwide, we received with great concern the news of a new rule proposed on May 23, 2012 by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS), a sub-agency of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). According to NOAA, the fisheries industry generates more than $183 billion per…

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Vatican, How about Some Corruption Trials?

In dealing with a butler who leaked documents about corruption inside corruption -among other issues- to a journalist, the Holy See decided to adopt what spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi called “unprecedented transparency,” bringing the case to public trial and allowing a small number of journalists to be present. The leaked documents revealed, for example, that…

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What Does Global Integrity Mean by Innovation?

There’s been some buzz recently surrounding Global Integrity’s launch of TESTING 1 2 3 – The Global Integrity Innovation Fund as well as the recent opening of the OpenGov Hub, an experiment in co-working space for open government-focused non-governmental organizations working in the Washington, D.C., area. In both cases, we (and other observers) liberally toss…

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Web Index Launched on Indaba

Gathered in 61 countries in part using our fieldwork platform Indaba, we were excited to see the World Wide Web Foundation’s (WWWF) Web Index launch publicly on September 5. The Web Index ranks 61 countries across seven categories assessing the progress and social utility of the World Wide Web on countries and their citizens.  Combining…

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Hub Up and Away!

In September 2011, we sent a letter around to our friends working in the transparency and accountability space in Washington, DC asking them what they thought about the idea of moving in together. It only made sense: we were all in DC, we got along well, but we only saw each other from time to…

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