A question-and-answer introduction to the new Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information.
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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.
Africa's human rights commission has launched its first model law—on access to information—and its first general comments—on the interpretation of an aspect of women's rights.
The governments of Colombia and Peru have both tried to impose blanket bans on public access to information about national security issues; in Colombia, the Supreme Court said no.
Reforms are urgently needed to the secret court that rules on the electronic surveillance practices of the NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. Here's why.
The government of Georgia must now proactively disclose public information in a way that is accessible to anyone, thanks to the efforts of civil society organizations in that country.