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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.

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What’s in Your Drinking Water? Too Many People Still Don’t Know

This year’s International Right to Know Day was a reminder that despite the progress that’s been made, far too many people still don’t know the basic information they need to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy.

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Sri Lanka’s New Right-to-Information Law Could Save Lives

For too long, government secrets held Sri Lanka’s democracy back. Now, the law is already shifting power back where it belongs—in the hands of the people.

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Italians Have a Right to Accountable Government

Italy’s freedom of information law has been in force since December. So why are government officials still refusing to answer Italians’ basic questions?

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Q&A: The Fight to Save a Free and Open Internet

With existing regulations up for review, Gigi Sohn—an Open Society Leadership in Government Fellow and former counselor to the FCC chairman—speaks about the road ahead for advocates of a free, accessible internet.

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Book Launch—Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia

Alex Cooley speaks about his new book, which explores unrecognized and unregulated links between autocratic regimes in Central Asia and centers of power and wealth throughout the West.

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In Buenos Aires, Right to Information Helps Renters Get a Foot in the Door

In a city where one-third of its population are renters, advocates are using a transparency law to curb shady real estate practices.