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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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How Disinformation Spreads: Social Media’s Impact on Italy’s Elections

Alexandre Alaphilippe from EU DisinfoLab and fact-checker David Puente discuss how civil society cooperation helped monitor and counter online disinformation during the elections.

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Implementation of the EU–Moldova Association Agreement: Views from Civil Society

In the run-up to the next EU–Moldova Association Council in April, this discussion will provide an assessment of Moldova’s implementation of the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

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Righting Carceral Feminism’s Wrongs in a #MeToo Era  

The #MeToo movement is beginning to address the wrongs of carceral feminism through a more democratized process. Panelists discuss potential opportunities and pitfalls in the search for justice.

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Counteracting Propaganda and Disinformation: Lessons from Ukraine

Drawing on Ukraine's experience, the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels and the Open Society European Policy Institute discuss how to counter propaganda and disinformation.

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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.