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Legal Leaks – It's Good To Know!
Journalists play a central role in initiating and stimulating public debates, but face constant challenges in accessing information from public bodies, particularly when that information relates to sensitive issues such as corruption, organised crime, environmental contamination, or relationships with business and lobby groups.

The right of access to information and access to information laws have become a crucial tool in this context. They guarantee journalists access to information held by public bodies for their stories and investigations, enabling them to exercise their role as public watchdogs in our democracies.
journalism  freedomofinformation  FOIA  toolkit  rti 
march 2018 by sdp
Apply to MuckRock's Thiel Fellowship
Maybe your proposal will look into the adoption of Palantir by local governments — often the result of no-bid contracts based on confidential presentations. Maybe it will shed light on Palantir’s federal work: Private contractors make up about 70% of the United State’s intelligence budget, but the work they do is often under appreciated by the public.Or maybe you think that the public could benefit from better understanding of Thiel’s bold, nuanced vision of free speech.
ee  palantir  thiel  paypal  freedomofinformation 
september 2016 by osi_info_program
Asia Disclosed - The Right to Know across Asia · Article 19
Right to information legislation in Asia includes a huge cross sample in regards to quality, from the best in the world to the worst. Implementation and demand also vary dramatically from country to country.

Some Asian countries, such as India and Indonesia, lead the world in right to information legislation. Such countries have created progressive mechanisms for access and enforcement.

Some, such as Japan and Thailand, were early adopters and leaders in the right to information, but have now got significantly outdated legislation that desperately need updating.

Others, such as the Philippines and Sri Lanka, have been discussing, promising and drafting right to information laws for many years, but still hold out against them.

Finally, there are those like Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam which retain a strong grip on government-held information, regarding it as government property and refusing to empower the people to access it.
freedomofinformation  asia 
august 2016 by thomwithoutanh
FreedomInfo | Reports Critically Assess RTI Performance in Indonesia - Freedom Info
“First, at this very early point, it is fair to say that understanding of the regime of exceptions remains weak in Indonesia. ….[o]ur research suggests that most officials have continued to take more-or-less the same approach to confidentiality as they did prior to the adoption of the Law on Public Information Disclosure.”

“Second, the way exceptions are understood varies considerably between different public authorities and probably even between different individuals within those authorities.”

“Third, in some cases, it may be difficult to reconcile earlier laws with the provisions of the Law on Public Information Disclosure. This may be the case, for example, where these laws establish very clear and yet blanket rules on secrecy. Imaginative interpretation can certainly be used to limit this problem but, at least over time, there is a need to review these pre-existing laws and amend them, as necessary, to bring them into line with the Law on Public Information Disclosure.”
indonesia  freedomofinformation 
july 2016 by thomwithoutanh
FreedomInfo | Indonesian Regions Score Poorly in Transparency Study - Freedom Info
“The majority of documents obtained upon request could only be obtained after an objection letter was first delivered.”

Other findings regarding transparency included:

planning documents seem easier to access
licensing transparency “remains low”
“Districts that are about to organize regional elections are more reluctant to provide documents, particularly when incumbent district heads are running for reelection.
Systems used to disseminate information were weak.
indonesia  freedomofinformation 
july 2016 by thomwithoutanh
FreedomInfo | Indonesian Minister Denies Access to Concession Maps - Freedom Info
19 JULY 2013
Indonesian Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya has determined that “concession maps” showing where companies have logging and agricultural rights are not publicly disclosable.

Environmental activists say the maps can help determine who should be accountable for forest fires that recently have caused major haze problems.

Questions are being raised not only about whether Kambuaya’s interpretation is legally correct, but also about whether it contradicts the government’s Open Government Partnership promise to create a one map portal.
rfn  seasiaevent  indonesia  freedomofinformation 
july 2016 by thomwithoutanh
Breakthrough: Indonesia's highest court orders release of mining data
On March 10, Indonesian activists won a major battle in the war for transparency over natural resources when their Supreme Court ordered the coal-happy Kutai Kartanegara district government to hand over a vast trove of licensing data. The case had originated in the country’s Public Information Commission (KIP), which is increasingly being used by civil society to obtain data related to the extractive, agribusiness and forestry sectors.

The NGO coalition that filed the case, the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam), is still waiting for the documents, although the district head, Rita Widyasari, said on March 21 that they would soon be released.
rfn  seasiaevent  indonesia  freedomofinformation  corruption  mining 
july 2016 by thomwithoutanh
New law makes police cam footage off limits to public |
RT : North Carolina law enforcement, legislature and governor to public seeking more police transparency: up yours.
freedomofinformation  from twitter_favs
july 2016 by andriak
Panama Papers law firm founder says massive offshore company leak is ‘campaign against privacy’
Fonseca called journalism around the leaked files an “international campaign against privacy”.

But what Fonseca is really doing is advocating a status quo of ‘privacy for the kings, and transparency for the beggars’. Or rather, privacy for the business moguls, politicians, corporations and government agencies, and transparency for the citizens, consumers, activists and journalists.
PanamaPapers  MossackFonseca  from:Medium  by:PrivacyInternational  privacy  transparency  FreedomOfInformation  banking  offshoring 
april 2016 by owenblacker
Campaign win! FOI laws have been protected! Read more here:
freedomofinformation  foi  from twitter_favs
march 2016 by parsingphase
Freedom of Information charges ruled out after review
Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock said … there were new plans to require public bodies to reveal staff expenses. ¶¶ “After 10 years, we took the decision to review the Freedom of Information Act and we have found it is working well,” he said. “We will not make any legal changes to FOI. We will spread transparency throughout public services, making sure all public bodies routinely publish details of senior pay and perks.” ¶¶ The government has chosen not to legislate to shore up ministers' powers to veto the release of information.
MattHancock  FreedomOfInformation  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  from:BBCNOL 
march 2016 by owenblacker

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