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We would like to present a short review of our most ambitious project which involves our experts in all parts of Russia – monitoring of the official websites of public authorities and local governments.
This is a story about how expert control improves the work of authorities.
On May 15, Tatyana Tolsteneva, FIF Development Manager, held for GameChangers program students a seminar on legal aspects of access to governmental information.
GameChangers, a free educational and research program for outstanding students, is also a forum for open innovations, formation of business directions within partner organizations, and for students' communication with representatives of business, academic community, and media.
Within the seminar, issues of governmental data access legal regimes and open data problems in Russia were discussed.
On April 26-27, a conference organized by the National Security Archive (George Washington University, US) and the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (Georgia) took place in Tbilisi. Governmental officials and civil activists from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, US, and other countries took part in it.
On April 15, Tatyana Kozulina, FIF researcher, took part in the Administration section of the 51st annual International Student Scientific Conference Student and the Progress in Science and Technology in Novosibirsk. She presented a report Key Subjects for Social Control of State Informational Openness.
On April 24, the Kirovsky district court of St.-Petersburg fully satisfied the claim of a journalist against the refusal of the Territorial Election Commission No.7 to let him attend a meeting of its preceding the Presidential elections in 2012.
From April 24 to May 17, officials from the Prosecutor General's Office, prosecutor offices of the Russian Federation subjects, and from military and other specialized prosecutor offices (equivalent to regional) will have access to the EXMO system for viewing initial assessment scores for their prosecutor offices' websites, and for online interaction with the FIF research team.
On April 18 and 19, the Moscow City Court rejected two applications from Nikita Petrov, a historian from Moscow, to re-examine due to new evidence earlier decisions on the two cases when the applicant had been denied of declassification of documents stored in the FSB Central Archive.