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This category concerns legislation around the world that gives citizens the right to access certain types of information produced by government bodies in the course of their duties. The laws many be known as Freedom of Information, Right to Information, or Open Records. Sites listed here include those directly about the legislation, campaigns for broadening existing legislation, or implementing new legislation, and studies of the effects of such laws on governments, the press, and the population.
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Ireland - Office of the Information Commissioner - Site of the official charged with overseeing compliance with the FOI act in Ireland. Includes details of the regulations, a list of public bodies, details of how to make an information request or a review by the commissioner, and decisions and court judgements related to the act. - A one-stop portal that describes best practices, consolidates lessons learned, explains campaign strategies and tactics, and links the efforts of freedom-of-information advocates around the world. Freedom of Information: A Comparative Legal Survey - Study by Toby Mendel of UNESCO. Covers international standards and trends, features of an FOI regime, chapters on individual countries, and a comparative analysis. Wikipedia: Freedom of Information Legislation - Encyclopedia article about FOI laws around the world. Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet) - An international information-sharing network of organizations and individuals working to promote the right of access to information. Includes list of members, details of "Right to Know Day", news, events, and resources. The Access Initiative - A global network that promotes access to information, participation, and justice in environmental decision-making. Includes background information, a blog, resources, and an events calendar. Wobbing - News and resource site that takes its name from a Dutch journalistic slang term meaning to obtain documents through Freedom of Information legislation. Panopticon - A blog about information law, maintained by 11KBW’s Information Law Practice Group. India - Right to Information Act - Information about the act, guides for organisations and information seekers, and the text of a review of the act carries out by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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