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Access to Information

A Holistic Approach To Press Freedom In Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The celebration of Press Freedom Day by Jordan's UNESCO office by means of a debate on this year's theme of access to information revealed the gap that exists between Jordan's public position and the reality.

Open Government Owes a Lot to a Couple of 18th-Century Finns

Dunja Mijatović | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Dunja Mijatović

It seems like such a simple idea these days - "the life and strength of civil liberty consist in limited Government and unlimited freedom of the written word."

Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.05.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar's headline for an article on the country's Press Syndicate that hosted this week's launch of a media ethics charte...

Most Australian Think Tanks Keep Their Funding Secret, New Data Shows

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.07.2016 | World
Till Bruckner

Australian think tanks are among the least financially transparent in the world, according to data compiled by Transparify.

Seven Myths About Democracy in Morocco

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.19.2016 | World
Till Bruckner

Judging by media stories and think tank reports, many foreign commentators seem unable--or unwilling--to see beyond the reformist image that the Moroccan leadership seeks to project abroad.

Jordan's Media at 'Dead End,' Laws Restrictive: Study

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.30.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Jordan's media are at a dead end and its laws are hampering journalists from working in an open environment, a report on freedom in that country revealed. One glaring issue from the "Dead End" statistics comparing results for 2013 and 2014 was that self-censorship had increased.

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Free Flow of Information Is Critical in Crisis

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

"Fear has gripped the nation." With those words, the Rev. George Wilson of Liberia summed up the state of his country and described the cost of not allowing information to flow freely in a time of crisis. His report was discouraging but motivating at the same time.

Unlocking the Benefits of Open Data

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 04.27.2014 | Technology
Ariel Smilowitz

As a generation that has grown up working with computers and regularly connecting online with people around the world, young people in particular have the potential to provide a unique contribution within this space.

Empowering the Disconnected

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 10.23.2013 | Technology
Rev. Larry Hollon

Zuckerberg's and Google's plans have the potential for more people to access more information upon which they can act in their own behalf to get better prices for their commodities, better health care and useful educational content. This information has been inaccessible to them until now.

Open Data Platforms: A Tool to Revolutionize Governance

Jayaseelan Naidoo | Posted 06.05.2013 | Technology
Jayaseelan Naidoo

Having returned from speaking at a conference hosted by the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the issue of constituency feedback, I have re-learnt that important lesson: citizens always know better than the government or the market what works for them.

How to Sabotage California's Freedom of Information Law

Peter Scheer | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media
Peter Scheer

If enforcing rights to public records carries with it a risk of having to pay the government's legal fees and costs, the California Public Records Act will be a dead letter.

Access to Information at the World Bank: The First 99 Days

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chad Dobson

Co-authored by Rebecca Harris October 7th marked the 99th day of implementation of the World Bank's revised Policy on Access to Information. Civil s...