International Right to Know Day on 28 September 2009 will be celebrated by civil society organizations from around the world. Activities will include conferences on current challenges to access to information, release of reports by NGOs on different aspects of open government including secrecy policies, transparency of political finance contributions, and results of monitoring studies as well as awards for transparent public authorities and for civil society groups working to promote transpare
Troms, Norway On June 18, 2009, 12 of 47 member-states of the Council of Europe signed the Convention on Access to Official Documents, making history as the first international binding legal instrument that recognizes a general right of access to official documents held by public authorities. The 12 member-states that signed the Convention are Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, and Sweden. All members of the Council of Eu
March 30, 2009 A green-colored bar represents a status of "Free," a yellow-colored one, the status of "Partly Free," and a purple-colored one, the status of "Not Free" on the Freedom of the Net Index. Recent years have seen an increase in internet use and mobile-phone penetration in Georgia, though the impact of the new technology in the political sphere remains limited. The government generally does not restrict user access to content, though two significant events during
May 2009 Workshop in Georgia Compares FOI Laws and Practices Across Region Telavi, Georgia Some 25 freedom of information advocates and practitioners from the Caucasus region convened on May 8-11, 2009, to compare the laws and the practices across the region and to outline some common strategies to strengthen the right of access in these countries. Organized by the National Security Archive together with its partners from Tbilisi State University, the workshop included participants from Ge
IDFI working group and invited experts of the Institute made research on Electronic Government in the world, the level and challenges of E-government, legislation about internet transparency and E-governance in Georgia.