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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.

Recent Work

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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.

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Choosing the Next Advocate for Freedom of Expression in Latin America

A survey of the views of candidates for the post of Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights seeks to make a vital process more open to those it most affects.

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Whistleblower Protection and The Snowden Effect  

This briefing addresses the current historic opportunity to advance whistleblower protection and concrete opportunities to strengthen work in the areas of human rights, national security, environment, and governance.

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What’s Wrong with Erasing Information from the Web?

The recent European court decision requiring Google to delete certain information from the web could have serious consequences for freedom of information.

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An Online Bill of Rights in Brazil

A first-ever law in Brazil is designed to protect internet privacy, free expression, and net neutrality. We spoke with digital rights expert Ronaldo Lemos, who helped draft the legislation.

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How Can We Use Data for Social Good?  

Jake Porway, executive director of DataKind, explains how NGOs use data, how they can use it better, and what data science can do for civil society.