On October 23 through 26 Adjara (Kvariati) was hosting the First International Conference Georgia in the XX Century: In the Files of the Georgian Security Archive. Topics such as:openness of the archives, archives of the Soviet period, archival document stored there and more importantly, scientific research studies conducted based on these documents, Georgian history of the 20th century, and history of the Soviet
On October 22 the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held a special training for those concerned about the requesting public information issue. The meeting was held at the office of the Open Society Georgia Foundation and was opened by Giorgi Kldiashvili, the Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information. Training was conducted by Thomas Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive (the United States of America), Ivan Pavlov, Chairman of the
The first meeting of the Media Club initiated in the framework of the Public Information Online Resources Database project financed by the Open Society Georgia Foundation was held on October 1st in the office of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information. During the meeting media representatives were informed about the major objectives of the project that comprises displaying different types of public information on the Institutes web-site. Furthermore, it was noted that
On October 21st, 2010 IDFI signed memorandum with State Procurement Agency. The memorandum strives to improve work of agency and ensure transparency.
On September 28 in connection with the International Right to Know Day the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information held a presentation of the new project Monitoring of Governmental Agencies Informational Recourses funded by the Open Society-Georgia at the Office of the Open Society-Georgia Foundation. The project aims to make a new web-page where public information obtained by the organization will be thematically stored in the Institutes online database for public access. Th
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.