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A Representative of IDFI was Elected as a Member of the Council for the Disputes Related to State Procurements

On May 14th, 2013, two new member of the Council for the Disputed Related to State Procurements were elected - Ucha Seturi (IDFI - Institute for Development of Freedom of Information) and Giorgi Kotrikadze (Chairman of the Association of Oil Product Importers and Distributors). The selection procedures were initiated on April 11th, 2013. Seven NGOs nominated their candidates: 1. Institute of Economical Politics 2. Association of Oil Product Importers and Distributors 3. Institut

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IDFI expresses condolences for fallen and injured Georgian servicemen

IDFI expresses condolences for fallen and injured Georgian servicemenparticipating in Afghanistan Peace Mission. In view of the Mourning Day declared today, we would like to share once again the information received in February 2013 about the Georgian soldiers injured in Afghanistan. Sadly, the statistical data about the killed and injured in 2013 will substantially increase due to recent tragic events. On February 5, 2013 IDFI received complete response to request of public informat

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Georgia’s Digital Broadcasting Switchover Strategy

The Government of Georgia, noting national interests of the state in developing both digital broadcasting and telecommunication and broadcasting fields, develops guidelines, strategic objectives and tasks for Georgia’s digital broadcasting switchover.
It is a strategic objective of the state that analog broadcasting in Georgia is completely switched off by June 17, 2015, while implementation of digital broadcasting switchover plan will be completed by that date.

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Works in Progress: Openness in State Universities

On May 8, 2013 a public discussion about transparency of state universities was held within the format of Works in Progress. The presentation was prepared on the basis of the public information received within the framework of project Public Information Database in 2010-2013 and was made by an analyst of IDFI, Tamar Iakobidze. Georgian and Foreign representatives of academia were present at the discussion. Analysis covered public information received from ten state uni

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Memorandum of Understanding was Signed with Students Together

IDFI and Students Together signed a memorandum of understanding. According to the agreement, signatories will jointly implement scientific, researches, cultural and educational projects.

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IDFI distributed informational flyers

The project Development of e-Participation in Georgia aims at increasing governments accountability, establishing modern forms of government-citizen communication and involving citizens in active social and political life. In the frames of this project IDFI planned the event which aims at increasing the social consciousness about the importance of citizen involvement in public policy. It is very important to ensure that the members of society get more actively involved in decision making

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Discussion with the representatives of media

The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information conducted a discussion with the representatives of media in the frames of the Development of e-Participation in Georgia project. The main topic of the meeting was the public relation strategy of government agencies and assessment of the level of usage of the communication tools. IDFI presented the tendencies that were identified during the monitoring of the web-sites and social network pages of government agencies. Particip

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The number of registered crime has increased by 16.6% in 2013

On April 12, 2013 IDFI (Institute for Development of Freedom of Information) has addressed the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia with public information request. IDFI has requested statistical data of the crime registered in Georgia in January, February and March, 2013, according to months and articles of law. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia replied to the request on April 24, 2013. The provided information was incomplete, since it did not specify statistical inform

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Statistics of Public Information Release Before and After Parliamentary Elections

During 9 months of the project Public Information Database-www.opendata.ge IDFI has addressed 224 public authorities with the total of 2441 requests, 1525 of which have been replied completely. Out of 2441 requests sent by the Institute 294 have been left unanswered, 194 have been answered incompletely, there were 26 cases of refusal and in the rest 402 cases the public authorities stated that they either did not have the requested information, or had not carried out the specific action.

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International Conference about Freedom of Information and Open Government Partnership

On 26-27 April a conference dedicated to the issues of open government partnership and freedom of information will take place in Tbilisi. The conference was organized by the National Security Archive (George Washington University, US) and IDFI (Institute for Development of Freedom of Information). The representatives of nongovernmental and human rights organizations from seven countries - United States, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Georg

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