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FOI Requests: Do You Know about Your Right to Know?

Why do the citizens of some countries make far fewer requests under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws than others? In a fascinating new paper, Sarah Holsen and Martial Pasquier from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) set out to address this puzzle. Because many FOI laws are similar, we might assume that public…

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Spreading the Word through our “Connectors”

Meet our Connectors.  They are anti-corruption and transparency experts, social entrepreneurs, and journalists based around the world – Seattle, Buenos Aires, Guatemala City, Lagos, Manila, and Karachi –helping us to get the word out about TESTING 123.  Beyond efforts to encourage their own networks to develop new and testable ideas for greater transparency and accountability,…

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Bringing OGP Governments and Non-governmental Experts Face-to-Face

Recently the Government of Croatia hosted the Second Open Government Partnership (OGP) European Outreach and Support Meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We kicked off the two-day event with a networking session to connect representatives from 16 governments in the region to nine access to information experts registered with the Networking Mechanism. This was the first in…

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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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