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
On June 22 Transparency International Georgia has released a report evaluating accessibility of public information in Georgia. Institute for development of Freedom of Information was one of four volunteer organizations that participated in the Transparency International Georgia project and has sent 52 official requests to release public information to 10 government agencies. Institute for Developing of Freedom of Information has sent out 7 official letters requesting the release of va
On July 17 the Archive Administration of the Informational-Analytical Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia was visited by the Director of the National Security Archive Mr. Tomas Blanton and the Director of the Russian Programs Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya. The director of the National Security Archive Mr. Tomas Blanton, the director of the Russian Programs Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya and the director of the Institute for Development of Free
On 8-11th of May, 2009 Internation conference "Freedom of Internet at Caucasus Region" took place in Georgia. The conference was organized by National Secirity Archive of the USA and Tbilisi State University.
Inetrnational Right to Know Day is celebrated on September 28th. There are conferences about the challenges of freedom of information. Civil society organizations are going to release reports about the different apsects of government openness, including the politics of mystifying information and transparency of political expenditures and findings of monitorings and research.
Georgian Election Campaign Funds 2010 Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 15 Jun.10 Election campaign of those five parties, which have cleared 5% electoral threshold in the May 30 local elections, was worth of up to GEL 16 million, almost 90% of which is the ruling National Movements share, according to the campaign financial record submitted by the parties to the Central Election Commission. Campaign cost of Alliance for Georgia, whose leader Irakli Alasania came second with 19% of votes in the T
On December 30, 2008, a memorandum on the Inguri Hydroelectric Power Plant management was signed by Russian and Georgian authorities in the energy field. Very soon, the Georgian Ministry for Energy declared the document details secret since it contains sensitive commercial information. A number of Georgian experts lawyers and journalists applied to court against this secrecy, but two court instances rejected their first application and the following cassation appeal. The IIFD lawyers ag
Armenia: In early June, a new version of the Government official website and a web-portal dedicated to e-government started functioning. Our Armenian colleagues express their opinion. The official position is that new Internet resources are developed in order to achieve maximal governmental transparency. The IIFD asked opinion of its Armenian partner, the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, a NGO protecting rights of citizens and organizations to information on activities of g
At a time when users regularly turn to search engines to find information on the Internet, search privacy is of paramount importance. The search terms you give to search engines can be used to compose a telling portrait of your interests and concerns, a fact that has led privacy advocates to call for greater protection for individual users. Thats why its great news that European privacy officials from the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (WP29), which is an influential advisory bo
A new decision this week by the Information Commissioners Office represents a significant victory for the FOI requesters website whatdotheyknow.com in its battles with the few public authorities that object to its mode of operation - in this case, the House of Commons. The ICO has ruled that the House has to comply with a freedom of information request submitted through whatdotheyknow, even though it means that its response will be automatically published on that website. Full article: ht