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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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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.

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A Victory for the Truth about Mexico’s “Dirty War”

A ruling from Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice has given an important boost to those who want a proper accounting for abuses that included forced disappearances.

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Data Brokers in an Open Society

This report explores the need for a clear regulatory agenda for data brokers, and looks at the broader issues of automated, data-driven decision making by large institutions.

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How We Kept the Internet Open in Europe

When telecom companies launched an assault on net neutrality, a coalition of advocates fought back with an historic response.

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An End to Peru’s Presidential Race Must Mark the Start of Electoral Reform

The country’s presidential election has been marred by loopholes, vague rules, and conflicting legal interpretations. Civil society is pushing for reforms.

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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.