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Russian-Georgian Secrets

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

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Armenia: Governmental Internet Resources Improve Their Quality

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

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European Privacy Officials: Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Are Still Breaking European Privacy Law

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

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Victory for whatdotheyknow website - Martin Rosenbaum Blog

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

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Access to President’s Orders and Regulations Restricted 08-06-2010

News regarding the restrictions on access to orders and regulations of the President of Georgia appeared in Georgian press. After the official web-site of the President of Georgia has been reconstructed, official acts, orders and regulations of the President are not available any more on the web-site. As the press service of the President informs InterpressNews, interested person has to submit letter to Avlabar

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E-Governance in Georgia: World Tendencies

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.

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Freedom of Information and Internet Regulation in Georgia

Freedom of Information and Internet Regulation in Georgia (Legal analysis) The subject of active debates of XXI century society is the development and improvement of appropriate and effective mechanisms for perfect functioning of information freedom. Against a background of rapidly developing Internet technologies the stated issue gains more importance, which in turn requires the development of corresponding legislative base, fitting the existing reality and social requireme

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Regional Newspapers Complain over Problems with Access to Public Information Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 3 May.10 / 23:55

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,

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On 16 April 2010 has officially been launched the 2010 United Nations e-Government Survey: Leveraging e-government at a time of financial and economic crisis

United Nations' E-Government Survey "Leveraging e-government at a time of financial and economic crisis" was completed in December 2009 and published in early 2010.

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Freedom of the Press 2010 Survey Release

On 3rd of May, 2010, on World Press Freedom Day, Freedom House released annual report about the level of press freedom

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