The Brazilian NGO, Artigo 19, conducted an evaluation on a major project for the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio. From March to June of 2015, they analyzed access to information regarding the construction of the Transolímpica Bus Rapid Transit line. The results showed extreme opacity at the local and state levels in Rio de Janeiro, with slightly better results for Federal entities. After sending out 54 requests for information, the response rate was only of about 7%.
Among the results of the first assessment was a 40% compliance level for the principle of citizens’ participation; 24% for budgetary and administrative information; and only 0.3% compliance for open data.
The results show opacity: of the requests made to the federal Government, the requested information was only received in 3.4% of the cases. It was further revealed that there were flaws with the implementation of IDB and World Bank transparency policies.
How transparent are law enforcement agencies about how they go about policing protests? Transparency surrounding the policing of protests by national and regional police forces in 5 countries could be much improved by better record-keeping and stronger commitments to public disclosure, according to a Transparency Audit Network and Open Society Justice Initiative-authored report entitled, “Police Transparency: Evaluating Access to Information in Relation to the Policing of Public Gatherings in Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom”.
We presented initial results of an audit on the Policing of Protests, developed by the Program for Public Transparency (PTP) at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in collaboration with the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSF). The audit evaluated the policing of protests in various jurisdictions in 5 countries - Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa, and the UK.
One of the Brazilian political journalists most versed in the subject of public transparency and has worked tirelessly for the approval and subsequent implementation of the Freedom of Information Law, Fernando Rodrigues, wrote an article yesterday commenting on the cabinet reform under president Dilma Rouseff.
The Transparency Audit Network project focuses its efforts on analyzing compliance with public transparency norms through governmental audits. The objective is to monitor the extent to which governments provide information to citizens and how 'transparent' this information is. At the end of August 2015, we reached the goal of publishing 100 audits. All of the audits can be found on the Transparency Audit Network's website (transparencyaudit.net) in three languages - Portuguese, English and Spanish.
ODI Policy Lead Ellen Broad explains that open data is an important transparency mechanism but open data will never make FOI laws redundant
Recently the UK Government announced a new Commission on Freedom of Information, to ensure freedom of information (FOI) laws and processes are working effectively.
As of May 2015, the Brazilian Freedom of Information law has been in effect for three years. Enacted in November 2011, the Law 12.527 established a sixth month deadline for Brazilian public institutions to adapt to the new reality, presented in item I of Article 3 to “observe openness as a general rule and secrecy as an exception.”