Information on Salaries, Bonuses and Communication Expenses of Government Officials Opened to the Public On December 16, a new internet portal of public information www.opendata.geopened. The web page provides information on budgets, reserve funds and payroll funds of different ministries as well as bonuses received by ministers and other public officials. Communication and fuel expenses of government officials
On October 22 the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held a special training for those concerned about the requesting public information issue. The meeting was held at the office of the Open Society Georgia Foundation and was opened by Giorgi Kldiashvili, the Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information. Training was conducted by Thomas Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive (the United States of America), Ivan Pavlov, Chairman of the
The first meeting of the Media Club initiated in the framework of the Public Information Online Resources Database project financed by the Open Society Georgia Foundation was held on October 1st in the office of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information. During the meeting media representatives were informed about the major objectives of the project that comprises displaying different types of public information on the Institutes web-site. Furthermore, it was noted that
On September 28 in connection with the International Right to Know Day the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information held a presentation of the new project Monitoring of Governmental Agencies Informational Recourses funded by the Open Society-Georgia at the Office of the Open Society-Georgia Foundation. The project aims to make a new web-page where public information obtained by the organization will be thematically stored in the Institutes online database for public access. Th
A second International Conference on Freedom of Information was held in Aghrevan (Armenia) on July 11 through July 14. The first similar meeting took place in Telavi in May, 2009 (http://www.idfi.ge/?cat=newstopic=50=en). The organizer of the conference was the National Security Archive (USA), and the host organization was the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression (Armenia). The participants invited to the conference from Georgia were non-governmental organization working on the issu
Ketevan Rostiashvili Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor E-Governance in Georgia: World Tendencies Development of newest digital technologies, especially development of Internet with unprecedented zoom and use, faces administration of government and arranging principles toward the new tasks. Implementation of digital democracy and electronic governance is a result of unprecedented increase of informational technologies and communications in western states.
On May 4th 2010 Several regional newspapers ran a blank front page on May 3, which marks the World Press Freedom Day, with a headline "Give us public information". Over dozen of regional newspapers said in a joint statement that the move aimed at highlighting the problem their journalists were facing in obtaining information from the state structures under the freedom of information legislation, which is in force in Georgia since 2000. In the statement,