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On June 4-5, Tatyana Tolsteneva, FIF Development Manager, took part in the 5th IT Forum in Khanty-Mansiysk.
The forum was dedicated to various issues of IT implementation in activities of government and municipal bodies, and in communication between the government and the citizens.
More than 500 delegates attended the forum, including officials from UNESCO, federal and regional government bodies, Russian Post, and civil society activists.
T.Tolsteneva presented a report Open State Governance Infrastructure as a Basic Component of the Open Government, and described the FIF experience in monitoring regional executive government bodies' official websites.
On May 30, 2013, Ivan Pavlov, FIF Board Chair, and Daria Sukhikh, Senior Lawyer, took part in an open on-site meeting of the Public Council under the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr). The meeting was organized by the Russian GIS Association in Voronezh within the ХХ All-Russian Forum Geoinformation Market In Russia: Current State and Development Prospects.
The meeting was dedicated to openness of spatial data and cartographic information disposed by the Rosreestr. The event participants discussed possibility for free usage of the data contained in the Public Cadastre map and in territorial planning schemes, as well as on possible cancellation of the For Administrative Use Only stamp from the economic development ministry's Order defining the list of spatial data subject for classification.
The meeting was attended by officials from the Ministry for Economic Development and the Rosreestr as well as by civil activists. Discussion will be continued both within the government bodies and at future meetings of the Public Council.
On May 31, Tatyana Tolsteneva, FIF Development Manager, took part in a seminar of the World Bank on ICT communication between the power and the public
The seminar presented the draft of the World Bank report on issues of ICT implementation in communication between governmental authorities and the public. Its participants proposed possible directions for improving the report. In particular, T.Tolsteneva presented the FIF experience in ICT communication: she spoke on our project for monitoring official websites.
Open Data – Complementary Concept or Restriction of Freedom of Information? An International Symposium in GermanySubmitted by Inna Kremen on 29 May, 2013 - 19:25
On May 27, an international symposium named Open Data – Complementary Concept or Restriction of Freedom of Information took place in Potsdam, Germany. Experts from Central and Eastern European countries shared their national experience in official information access and open data usage.
To reveal key problems of access to information on activities of prosecutors' offices of the Russian Federation subjects and of specialized (military and other) prosecutors' offices equated to them, the Freedom of Information Foundation has monitored their official websites. This is the very first study of that kind for official websites of prosecutors' offices.
Nikita Astashin, an independent researcher, was seeking for timely declassification of documents stored in a military archive. His applications to the Chief Military Procuratorate had not succeeded, and he was to apply to court that supported his demands. After that, he insisted on bringing to liability the officials from the Chief Military Procuratorate who had rejected his earlier claims. Upon more than a year of written communication, disciplinary punishment has been imposed on the procuracy officials.
On May 23, Daria Sukhikh, FIF Senior Lawyer, and Evgeny Smirnov, FIF lawyer, took part in a blogger school organized by "Citizens Watch" NGO (St.-Petersburg).
Experienced journalists and blog beginners took part in the event. FIF lawyers informed them on the Russian legislation on information access (especially on the 8-FZ Federal Law On Providing Access to Information on the Activities of Government Bodies and Bodies of Local Self-Government). They also covered typical problems for information access and existing ways to defend informational rights.