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Topic “access to information”

WikiLeaks' latest "Spy Files" document release exposes secrets of global surveillance

On Thursday, Dec. 1, WikiLeaks published its latest document trove: more than 287 files related to 160 intelligence contracting companies in 25 countries that "develop technologies to allow the tracking and monitoring of individuals by their mobile phones, email accounts and Internet browsing histories," reported AFP. Read more »


"We want to know": Website aims to make Brazil's new sunshine law user friendly (Interview)

Brazil recently passed its own sunshine law, codifying the right to make freedom of information requests from the government. While the legal battle over the law’s passage is over, many Brazilians are unsure about how to go about making freedom of information requests. The website Queremos Saber (“We Want to Know”) is trying to change that. This pioneering project seeks to facilitate information requests in Brazil and make communication between citizens and public servants more transparent. Read more »


Journalist Fernando Rodrigues says Brazil's new information access law is a leap toward a culture of transparency (Interview)

With President Dilma Rousseff's signature on Friday, Nov. 18, Brazil became the 89th country in the world to approve a freedom of information law, reported the Forum of Public Information Access. The law, which guarantees public access to government data and documents as well as private entities that receive public funding, will take effect in six months. Read more »


Most countries in Latin America, around world, fail Associated Press's freedom of information test

Faring about on par with Asia, better than Africa but worse than Europe, only about 38 percent of countries in Latin America were fully responsive to freedom of information requests filed by the Associated Press (AP) as part of a 105-country-wide project, the AP told the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Cyber attacks on news sites in Chile threaten freedom of information, says Reporters Without Borders

In the midst of rising social tensions sparked by ongoing student protests in Chile, with violent results for some journalists, Reporters Without Borders denounced new threats against freedom of information in the South American country following cyber attacks on three news sites on Nov. 4. Read more »


One of Latin America's best sunshine laws goes largely unused, says Mexican information expert


In 1995, academic and media analyst Sergio Aguayo ruffled feathers when he asked what was the president of Mexico's salary. Read more »


Brazil's new sunshine law won't shine without media, public support

The bill enabling the constitutional right to access public information in Brazil passed its last hurdle in the South American country's Senate on Oct. 25. The Senate approved the reforms made by the lower house in 2010 and resisted amendments in favor of sealing some secret government documents indefinitely. Read more »



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