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Assessing OGP Action Plans

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plans are in (!), although not all 55 OGP member countries have submitted theirs, and only some plans were submitted in the electronic format we had hoped for. But with more than 40 plans to analyze, we took the first deep dive into finally making some sense of this…

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Inception Time? Thoughts on this Year’s Personal Democracy Forum

I recently watched “Inception” again, a film considered Christopher Nolan’s cinematic masterpiece, in which Leonardo DiCaprio and his peers enter people’s minds and “steer” reality the way they wish. To be quite honest, I am not particularly enchanted by the character development in the movie, but there is something haunting about their ability to go…

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Partisan Justice: Political Foes Go to Jail, Friends Go Free

In Ukraine, not everyone gets the same treatment. This disparity is most visible in the country’s judicial system. Reporter Vlad Lavrov explains through the stories of leading opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who was convicted for abuse of power, and current President Viktor Yanukovych’s friends, who faces murder charges. Read the story here. The story is…

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Internet Censorship in Ethiopia

This weekend, the travel blog Gadling posted a terrific story describing how the Ethiopian government has blocked access to Skype across the country. This isn't the first time Ethiopia has cracked down on internet access and imposed online censorship; we've been tracking the issue for years across a range of countries around the world, including…

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Mali – A Coup that Might Foster Corruption

On the African continent we watch time and again as boot-clad military walk through the doors of a National Assembly, a president’s bedroom or the streets of a capital city and declare ownership over the land. This classic coup d’état scenario most recently took place in Mali. Despite the fact that public administration and service…

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Mexico: Ghost Records of Surveillance Flights – This Is Transparency?

In 2011, Mexico’s war against drug trafficking took a new turn when the United States sent unmanned drones over the country. But, as told by Reporter Daniel Lizárraga, it’s unclear whether Felipe Calderón’s government approved the U.S. flights, drawing into question Mexico’s Federal Law of Transparency and Access to Public Government Information and Personal Data.…

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