Posts Tagged ‘FOI Notes’

  • 18 April 2014

    FOI Notes: Making All Voices Counts Grants, OGP Awards, T/A

    Making All Voices Count:  The 28 winners are announced in a contest for cutting-edge projects to boost government and citizen engagement. Winners include a group planning to develop an app for searching pubic data worldwide, a project to engage with graffiti artists to spread data-based information in Nairobi’s slums, a project to construct a pharmaceutical […]

  • 11 April 2014

    FOI Notes: Morocco, Environment, Accountability, Open Data, More

    Morocco: A new guide on ATI in Morocco by UNESCO in Arabic and French by Saad Filali Meknassi. Tunisian cartoonist Z drew the cartoons. Transparency and Accountability: The Centre for Law and Democracy and the Democracy Reporting International have published a Briefing Paper on International Standards on Transparency and Accountability.   A 2011 DRI report outlined […]

  • 3 April 2014

    FOI Notes: EU, OGP, Open Data, Journalism, Broadway

    European Union: StateWatch comments on access at three EU institutions, stating:  Frontex given until end of March 2014 to comply with the Ombudsman’s Recommendations to change its Management Board Decision putting into effect the Regulation on public access to EU documents  Eurojust seeks to avoid any compliance until some undefined point in the future  Europol […]

  • 28 March 2014

    FOI Notes, EU, US, India, Africa, OGP. Open Data

    European Union: Statewatch has released two analyses on secrecy in the EU. “Constructing the secret EU state” discusses “restricted” and “limited” documents hidden from view by the Council. “There were over 117,000 “RESTRICTED” documents produced or handled by the Council since 2001 but only 13,184 are listed in its public register of documents,” according to […]

  • 14 March 2014

    FOI Notes: OGP, UK, Canada

    Open Government Partnership: The OGP Independent Review Mechanism is looking for individuals to carry out research at the national level for 34 countries. The reviewers will assess government progress on implementation of OGP action plans. Please read more here or directly submit an English (preferred) or Spanish CV to the IRM at Use the […]

  • 10 March 2014

    FOI Notes: India, US, Nepal, OGP, Research, UK, Fellowship

    India: The Ministry of Personnel and Training has issued a Volume 1 of a “Compendium of Best Practices on RTI.” including The chapter titles are: SARATHI (System of Assisting Residents And Tourists through Helpline Information), RTI Library, Transparency Desk, RTI Online, Central Monitoring Mechanism, Pro-Active Disclosure, Jaankari, MCA21, Information Kiosks, Chakravyuh, Digitization and RTI Foundation […]

  • 4 March 2014

    FOI Notes: Research, Oscars, OGP, Open Data, RTI Video

    Research: The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at New York University announced the formation of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance, which will seek to develop blueprints for more effective and legitimate democratic institutions to help improve people’s lives. It is made possible by a three-year grant of $5 million from the John D. […]

  • 28 February 2014

    FOI Notes: World Bank, Honesty Oscars, Contracting, Big Data

    IFTI Watch: The Bank Information Center has updated its how-to guide called “Unlocking the World Bank’s Access to Information Policy.” The principal author of the “toolkit” is Veronique Danforth. Honesty Oscars: The Accountability Lab and ONE is conducting voting for the Honesty Oscars 2014 Feb. 24-28 “to honor groundbreaking people and creative that make our […]

  • 21 February 2014

    FOI Notes: Research Papers, Open Data, OGP, Sunshine Week

    Implementation Guidelines: The Centre for Law and Democracy and the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law have releasing two sets of guidelines “designed to assist Indonesian public bodies overcome the major challenges associated with implementing the right to information (RTI) legislation Indonesia adopted in 2008. One guideline provides an overall roadmap of what public bodies need […]

  • 17 February 2014

    FOI Notes, Sierra Leone, US, India, EU, OGP

    Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone’s new RTI law is tied as 5th strongest in the world, according to an analysis by the Centre for Law and Democracy. The law scored 124 out of a possible maximum of 150 points on the RTI Rating, an analytical tool developed by CLD and its partner organisation, Access Info India: […]

  • 14 February 2014

    FOI Notes: Algorithms, Contracting, Open Data, Funder Transparency, OGP

    Algorithmic Transparency: Nick Diakopoulos, of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University Journalism School, has written a report in which he says, “Algorithms, driven by vast troves of data, are the new power brokers in society.” In his conclusion, he advises: Next time you hear about software or an algorithm being used to […]

  • 6 February 2014

    FOI Notes: Grants, US Advisory Panel, Local Open Data Census, Delaware

    Grants: Open Society Initiative for West Africa is seeking proposals to “promote access to Information and Media Freedom” in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone. The announcement also includes a variety of other topics. Proposals should be sent directly to: and will be accepted until May 30, 2014. United States: The […]

  • 27 January 2014

    FOI Notes: AfDB, EU, UK, Kurdistan, Commentary

    African Development Bank: The African Development Bank has called for nominations of suitably qualified individuals to serve on the Appeals Panel created by its disclosure policy.  The call has been extended until Jan. 31.  “The candidates should have extensive experience dealing with issues of governance, transparency, access to information and related-matters. They should have a […]

  • 22 January 2014

    FOI Notes: Research, India, Environment, UK, Employment, Commentary

    Research: “When Does Transparency Generate Legitimacy? Experimenting on a Context-Bound Relationship,” by Jenny De Fine Licht, Daniel Naurin, Peter Esaiasson, Mikael Gilljam. A summary of the article: We analyze the main rationale for public administrations and political institutions for supplying transparency, namely, that it generates legitimacy for these institutions. First, we discuss different theories of decision making […]

  • 17 January 2014

    Australia, India, Open Government, Commentary

    Australia: The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has translated some OAIC resources into languages other than English: Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese. India: A report in the Times of India says “government agencies have put vast amount of personal information online, often with little barrier to access and […]

  • 30 December 2013

    FOI Notes: Russia, India, France, UK, EU, FOI Tips, Open Data, World Bank

    Russia: The Freedom of Information Foundation reports on the monitoring of official websites in large municipalities makes proposals for improvements. Also, a nice review of transparency disappointments in Russia in 2013 by (in Russian) by Asya Suvorova. India: Maharashtra will soon become the first state to allow online RTI requests, according to an article in […]

  • 20 December 2013

    FOI Notes: Development, Surveillance, EU, China, Awards

    Development: The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Development Initiatives, CIVICUS and Beyond Access, IFEX and Article 19 issue a statement on why access to information must be a central pillar in the future of development and outline possible metrics to measure progress (found here). Surveillance: Some 110 civil society organizations issue a […]

  • 13 December 2013

    FOI Notes: EU, US, Development, Open Data, Media, Australia

    European Union: The European Ombudsman rules that the European Medicines Agency was not justified in refusing access to Periodic Safety Update Reports at the time the requests for public access were made. “However, in light of the change in practice of the EMA in relation to granting access to PSURs, the Ombudsman finds that EMA […]

  • 9 December 2013

    FOI Notes: Open2063 Initiative, Processing Information Report, Guatemala

    Open2063: The Open Institute and Africa Freedom of Information Centre have announced the Open2063 initiative ( The African Union is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and looking to define the future of the continent over the next 50 years, in an AU-driven initiative called Agenda2063. Open2063 is an initiative to build a network of […]

  • 2 December 2013

    FOI Notes: FOI Research, US, EU, PuzzledbyPolicy

    FOI and Youth: An Access Info report about limiting access to information to people over sixteen. (English) (Spanish) United States: New section on litigation in the Justice Department online FOIA guide. United States. Secrecy News reports that the Public Interest Declassification Board, which advises the president on classification and declassification policy, is proposing to recommend […]