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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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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.

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Japan’s State Secrecy Law Faulted in Human Rights Review

The United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva has said Tokyo’s restrictive new secrecy legislation falls short on global standards.

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Privacy, Censorship, and the “Right to Be Forgotten” in the Digital Age  

Laura Reed of Freedom House and Darian Pavli of the Open Society Justice Initiative discuss a recent controversial decision by the European Court of Justice about search engine results.