Russian House Adopts Criticized Open Data Bill

31 May 2013

The lower house of the Russian parliament has adopted amendments to require the publication of information on the websites of governments in open data formats.

The Duma, however, did not revise the bill to take into account a number of proposals to improve the FZ-8 submitted by the Freedom of Information Foundation.

“As is seen, the main drawback of the bill is that it does not bring more clarity to the concept of” open data,” according to Daria Fry, the legal direction of the group.

The bill proposes to amend Article 7 of the Federal Law” On Information, Information Technologies and the protection of information.”

See also a report by Ivan Pavlov, FIF Board Chair, titled “Freedom of Information and Open Data – Interaction and Contradiction: The Russian example.”


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