FOI Notes: Latin America, Chile, Parliaments, Photo Contest

7 September 2012

Latin America: Alianza Regional por la Libre Expresión e Información has created a new website:, in Spanish.  Alianza Regional is a coalition of 22 organizations of 19 countries of the Americas that promote access to public information and freedom of expression through the continent.

Latin America: The Department for Effective Public Management (DGPE) of the OAS is pleased to announce the launch of the fourth edition of the online course: “Access to Public Information: Legal Framework and Implementation in Latin America”, to be held October 9 and November 23, 2012, and the sixth edition of the course “Mechanisms and Strategies for Promoting Transparency and Integrity”, which will take place between October 9 and November 30, 2012. Para mayor información escriba a

Latin America: A University of Palermo report analyzes the relationship between access to information and national security in Latin America (in Spanish.)
Chile: The Transparency Council launched a new jurisprudence database in its website to facilitate citizens the access to all its decisions.

Chile: Fundación Pro Acceso has presented a report, “The relationship between the Right of Access to Information and Data Protection,” by the lawyer Jessica Matus. The document analyzes the relevant laws and discusses delays in Chile regarding the regulation of this area compared with other Latin American countries due to the lack of a body to ensure data protection.

Parliaments: Scott Hubli and Andrew G. Mandelbaum from the National Democratic Institute write about efforts to  expand transparency in parliaments, including the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness and establishment of the network at The Declaration will be formally launched at the upcoming World e-Parliament Conference.

FOI Photo Contest: Three prizes have been announced  for the “I have a right to Know!” photo contest! sponsored by the  FOI Advocates Network. The top prize will be €500, followed by second and third prizes for €300 or €200. Please see full details below on the website. The deadline is Sept. 12.

World Bank: The World Bank has extended until Sept. 30 the deadline for its Access to Information Survey 2012.

Mexico: “Can a Former Authoritarian State Embrace Open Government? Mexico’s early attempts at transparency failed. But new efforts may actually work,” an article in the website Future Tense by Ana Francisca Vega.

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