Freedom of Information
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.
The EU’s New Privacy Rules Are Only a First Step
While the new rules governing how large tech companies use people’s data are a step in the right direction, more must be done in order to rein in the excesses of “surveillance capitalism.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Tunisia’s New Right to Information Law Needs People Power to Work
The country is blazing a trail for transparency in a challenging region. But the law’s potential for advancing democracy will depend on citizens’ ability to use it.