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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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IDFI Participated in an Event Dedicated to an International Anti-Corruption Day

On the International Anti-Corruption Day, December 11, Ministry of Justice conducted a simulated session of Anti-Corruption Coordination Council. Event was a joint endeavor of Analytical Department of Ministry of Justice, Training Center of Justice of Georgia, Transparency International Georgia and Institute for Development of Freedom of information. Total of 18 students from various universities participated in this session. Participants were selected through an open competition.

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Barack Obama Notes the Importance of OGP in his Statement

November 17th, 2013, marked the inauguration of the new President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, who was elected as a result of peaceful, democratic elections on October 27th, 2013. The day was also marked by a large number of statements released from various foreign leaders, who congratulated Giorgi Margvelashvili. Among these was Barack Obama, the president of the United States, who in his statement talked about the significant progress Georgia has undergone in the recent years.

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FOIA Reform Featured in New U.S. OGP Action Plan

6 December, 2013 By Toby McIntosh The Obama administration Dec. 6 proposed five steps to modernize the freedom of information act. The ideas appear inthe second U.S. national action planprepared as a member of the Open Government Partnership. In an unexpected development, the plan includes a series of commitments related to foreign surveillance efforts. Regarding freedom of information, the plan contains a number of points: A consolidated FOI portal:The Administration will

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FOIA Reform Featured in New U.S. OGP Action Plan

The Obama administration Dec. 6 proposed five steps to “modernize” the freedom of information act.

The ideas appear in the second U.S. national action plan prepared as a member of the Open Government Partnership. In an unexpected development, the plan includes a series of commitments related to foreign surveillance efforts.

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Address to the Prime Minister of Georgia

December 12, 2012 It should be noted that one of the most important topics in the country policy nowadays is the development of the final revision and implementation of the concept for the reform of civil service. The development of the standards, instructions and other methodical or normative documents and projects of legislative initiatives for civil service is part of the responsibilities of the Civil Service Bureau. Apart from this, the competencies of the Bureau inclu

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Self-Assessment Reports and IRM

A number of countries have released their self-assessment reports on their participation in the Open Government Partnership and the completion of their respective action plans so far. Thirty-two countries have already published their reports, most of them in English and some available in their respective languages, specifically Colombia, Dominican Republic, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Israel and Paraguay. The self-assessment reports are annual, to be published at the end of each 12

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Statement of IDFI concerning the Crime Statistics Published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia

As you are informed, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has issued the nationwide crime statistic data. IDFI welcomes the initiative of the ministry to make the society familiar with this information; however, it is notable that the Ministry does not provide the categorization of these data according to the types of crime. IDFI addressed to the Ministry of Internal Affairs in April 12, 2013 with the request of detailed statistics, but ministry refrained from publicizing the

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IDFI Calls on the Ministry of Education and Science

On 3rd December, 2013, the Ministry of Education and Science announced a competition to finance the Master Degree Study- Research projects. The Close out of the announced competition is today on 5th December. It is appreciated to announce this type of initiative to fund the projects, however, the two day deadline to submit the proposals raises the doubts of transparency and possibility of fairness of the process. Such a short deadline, in total 2 days, is not enough only to write the pro

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Legal Expert Vacancy at IDFI

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) announces an opening for the position of the legal expert. Project title - Public Information Database- opendata.ge. Project duration - 2014-2015. Read about the project on the following website: www.opendata.ge Salary: 1275 GEL net a month Work description - the project lawyer is responsible for: Processing received information and provision of the web-resource www.opendata.ge with information; P

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