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The World Justice Project (WJP) recently released the 2015 Open Government Index, an assessment conducted in 102 countries around the world.  Among the survey's findings is that only 40% of respondents are aware of laws that defend their right to the access of public information; where the worst results were seen in less developed countries.

In a recent survey, the Brazilian Government Accountability Office mapped the regulation of the Access to Information Law throughout Brazil.  The results were not encouraging.

The journalist and public official, Fabiano Angélico, discussed his new book, The Access to Information Law: Strengthening Democratic Accountability, and the future of transparency in Brazil with the Transparency Audit Network.

 

The award for Good Practices in Online Transparency is given by the Rio Grande Court of Auditors (TCE–RS) to government agencies that are most committed to adopting the Access to Information Law.

A partnership between the Brazilian Government Accountability Office (CGU) and the University of Brasilia (UnB) performed the first research assessment of the Transparency Portal,  a tool developed to improve fiscal transparency of the federal government.

The world around us may be changing but in what way? Don Tapscott provides his vision in this inspirational TED talk about openness.

The Police Transparency Audit was designed through a partnership between the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Transparency Audit Network.  Together, we are developing and conducting a pilot study for a “model to audit police transparency,” that evaluates the levels of transparency in police agencies and obtain relevant information for assessing the quality of law enforcement services, all without excessive cost or complexity.  The study with evaluate local police departments in Brazil, England, India, Mexico and South Africa.

 

What do we know about the causes and consequences of fiscal openness? What is the role that international actors can play in promoting transparency and participation in government budgets? And what has been the Brazilian experience in promoting fiscal openness? This seminar will bring together the co-editors of a recent book looking at these themes ("Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability", Brookings Institution Press, 2013) and the director of the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency. They will talk about international research and policy trends around these themes, and look more specifically at the Brazilian experience.

After three years since its implementation, the Access to Information Law has not been established at all levels of government in Brazil. This was the conclusion reached from two separate studies conducted by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV).  The University sent 717 requests for information in order to evaluate the performance of public entities.

A state decree that hinders citizen's access to public information left the state of Rio de Janeiro with the lowest performance evaluation in a study conducted by the Foundation of Getúlio Vargas (Fundação Getúlio Vargas). The research evaluated government transparency portals and compliance with the Brazilian Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) around the country.

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