Good Governance

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Working on the Georgia’s New Law on Freedom of Information is in Progress

Ministry of Justice of Georgia in cooperation with the Open Society Georgia Foundation and engagement of experts and non-governmental organizations has commenced working on elaborating the separate law on freedom of information. The freedom of information draft law was discussed by the experts on the February 13 meeting held in Courtyard Marriot. The new law intends to unite all the freedom of information regulating normative acts in one law which will establish the new standard

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IDFI’s Russian Partner Organization FIF was declared as a foreign agent

Prosecutors office evaluated the activities of IDFIs Russian Partner - Freedom of Information Foundation (St. Petersburg) as political activity and requested the elimination of violations of the law of non-profit organizations. Statement of the foundation regarding this issue was published on the web-site of organization on January 28 (www.svobodainfo.org). On January 27, 2014 Freedom of Information Foundation received the prosecutors supervisory act from the Central Prosecutors Office of

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IDFI hosted the delegation of experts from Tajikistan working on the anticorruption strategy

Photo album A delegation of experts from Tajikistan working on the anticorruption strategy visited Tbilisi on 16-19 January. The event was organized by Open Society Foundation of Tajikistan and the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). The purpose of the visit was to familiarize themselves with the reforms for the purpose of overcoming corruption, the anticorruption strategy and new projects of Georgia, and to share experience in this field. The Tajikistan d

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Criminal Statistics in Tbilisi (2010-2013)

As you know, the criminal statistical data published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia in 2012 was not presented according to the types of criminal acts. Despite numerous attempts of IDFI, he Ministry did not make the mentioned data public. On 6th December 2012 IDFI once again addressed the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a request for the criminal statistics from Tbilisi for 2012 and the 11 months of 2013, according to the following types of criminal acts: Premeditate

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Delay in Proactive Disclosure of Public Information

On September 1, 2013, the 26th August №219 Decree of the Government of Georgia about electronic request for and proactive disclosure of public information entered into force. According to the mentioned decree, before December 31, 2013, the administrative bodies of the government were obliged to create a public information page and publish the 2013 public information in the list attached to the decree on their websites. The decree also contains a section that states that the information

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Implementation of Proactive Disclosure of Public Information in Georgia

Proactive disclosure of public information has been one of the most important commitment taken by Georgia within the frameworks of the Open Government Partnership. After extensive consultations, meetings and discussions, with the active support of United States International Development Agency (USAID) and Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), the Government of Georgia finally issues a decree regarding proactive disclosure in 2013.

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Policy Discussion on the Open Government Partnership Georgia

On 26th December, 2013, with the support of the USAID G- 3 program, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) organized a policy discussion initiated by the AntiCorruption Council of Georgia at the Hotel Sharaton Metekhi Palace. The Policy discussion was devoted to the evaluation report of the Open Government Partnership OGP 2012- 2013 Action Plan and the development of the OGP 2014- 2015 Action Plan of Georgia. The meeting was attended by the representatives of publ

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Georgia as One of the Primary Examples of Successful Implementation of Proactive Disclosure

Freedom of information is a very important part of open governance, and as such plays one of the key roles for the governments around the world that strive towards more openness, transparency and accountability within the frameworks of the Open Government Partnerships (OGP). Many organizations involved in the initiative, either at an international or local level, specialize in freedom of information. Recently, two internationally recognized organizations specialized in right to information, A

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Members of Leadership House visited IDFI

On December 19 director of Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, Giorgi Kldiashvili conducted a lecture about Stalinism and mass repressions for high school students. This event was attended by the members of Leadership House. The aim of this meeting was making the young generation familiar with the epoch and assessing the events that took place back then. Giorgi Kldiashvili talked about the totalitarian regime, absence of freedom, brutality of the regime, fear among th

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SMS as Public Information (Case of Canada)

While technology is a powerful tool for innovation, its use must not infringe on the right of requesters to know what government is doing and to hold it accountable for its decisions. Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada Where did it all begin In August 2012, the Information Commissioner launched a systemic investigation into the use and preservation of non-email, text-based messages[1] on government-issued wireless devices. T

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