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Date: 2002-08-21


Eine neue Organisation, im Civil Liberties Flavour "Informationsfreiheit" gehalten, als hauptsächlicher Betreiber ein Usual Suspect, nämlich David Banisar [Gründungsmitglied von EPIC, dann Privacy International, Organisator der US Big Brother Awards]
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Intended to be a one-stop portal that links freedom of information movements as they struggle for greater openness,'s first release features a global survey of access to information in 45 countries.

The survey, by David Banisar of Privacy International, summarizes freedom of information laws in each country and provides links to the text of these laws and other relevant sites.

Beginning this month, will also feature a regular column called IFTI Watch, which will monitor the transparency (or opacity, as the case may be) of international financial and trade institutions. In his first column, Washington, D.C.-based journalist Toby McIntosh reports on an experiment in openness that the World Bank is planning and new disclosure policies that will allow speedier public access to documents of the World Trade Organization. also contains reports and analyses as well as links to other freedom of information sites around the world.

In the last decade, 26 countries enacted formal statutes guaranteeing their citizens' right of access to government information. Elsewhere, even without legal guarantees, citizens are asserting their right to know. Throughout the world, freedom-of-information movements are changing the definition of democratic governance.

This site hopes to build a virtual network in which citizens' groups can tap legal experts and veteran campaigners. It will provide information on how freedom of information laws can be implemented and analyses of how various legal provisions have worked in practice.

The National Security Archive, based in George Washington University in Washington, D.C., acts as the secretariat of the

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published on: 2002-08-21
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