Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

Silence and secrecy are two of the most powerful tools that governments can employ to mute critics and cloak their actions from public scrutiny. The Open Society Foundations work to uphold the right to speak and to know—in order to support public involvement in government and accountability, and to challenge corruption and human rights abuses.

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Case Watch: Top Argentine Court Blazes a Trail on Online Free Expression

In a groundbreaking judgment, the Argentina Supreme Court found that search engines are not liable for unlawful third-party content appearing in search results.

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Case Watch: Peru’s Constitutional Court Hears Challenge to Blanket Military Secrecy

Peru's constitutional court is considering a challenge to an executive decree that declares that “all information or documentation” related to security and national defense “is by its nature secret.”

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The Unintended Consequences of Right to Information  

Open Society Fellow Prashant Sharma discusses unintended consequences of India’s Right to Information Act.

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Can the Internet Save Itself?

The open internet is an essential condition of full and equal participation in the public sphere. This is why digital-rights groups, internet companies, and activists are uniting to protect net neutrality.

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Updates from Ukraine: Implications of a “Post-Maidan” Environment for Open Society  

Inna Pidluska of Ukraine’s International Renaissance Foundation discusses Ukraine’s evolving political culture, early elections, and potential opportunities for civil society and parliamentarians to pursue a reform agenda.

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Making Progress on Freedom of Information in Africa

Thirteen African nations now have freedom of information laws on books; the challenge now is implementation.