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    1 April 2015

    The Power of a Question in El Salvador

    By Max Heywood This article first appeared March 2 on the transparency International blog. Heyood is Programme Coordinator in the Americas Department of Transparency International. Read this blog in Spanish here. Transparency laws mean nothing if they are not applied, and it sometimes takes brave citizens and active civil society organisations to make sure that they […]

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  • 18 March 2015

    Proposed Changes to Mexican FOIA Law Still Worrying

    By David Mora The author works for Article 19 in Mexico. On Feb. 19, Ana Cristina Ruelas of Article 19 wrote here on the contradiction of Mexico holding Open Government Partnership’s lead chair while the Mexican President pressed the Senate for regressive regulations in the General Transparency Law currently on discussion. In that entry, we […]

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  • 12 March 2015

    Department of State Email Preservation Rate Hovers under 0.000061%

    By Lauren Harper and Nate Jones This column appeared March 11 in Unredacted, a blog from the National Security Archive, the publisher of FreedomInfo.org. Harper and Jones are Archive staff members. Today’s Department of State Office of Inspector General report has some scary numbers on the number of emails the Department actually preserves. Hillary Clinton […]

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  • 11 March 2015

    Government is Open in Rhetoric and Secret in Reality

    By Umar Cheema The author is an investigative reporter for the Pakistani newspaper The News, where this article first appeared March 10. ISLAMABAD: The PML-N government is determined to promote transparency in rhetoric but has been found building walls of secrecy in reality. The Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights has denied the citizens’ […]

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  • 5 March 2015

    The Hillary Emails; and a Suggested Fix

    By Lauren Harper and Nate Jones The National Security Archive and other groups recently proposed an amendment to the House FOIA Reform bill that would allow all FOIA processors access to all electronic records systems for the processing of FOIA requests. This fix would have gone a long way in allowing  State Department FOIA processors and […]

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