Transparency, Democracy, and Human Rights Number One

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This is the first post in a series of roundups on transparency, democracy, and human rights. In this transparency digest we look into the challenges of transparency in the U.S. federal government, international corruption rankings and the complex relationships between government and the Internet.

Guest Post by Tiffany Pintor


Federal Agencies Are Failing to Uphold Obama's Stated Commitment to Transparency

The Atlantic

Dec. 2012

A new report for the National Security Archive shows the majority of agencies lagging far behind in complying with a 2009 presidential order for transparency.  The National Security Archive found that 62 of the 99 government agencies have not updated their FOIA regulations.


A question of bribes and birth

The Economist

Dec. 2012

Transparency International, has today issued its annual ranking on corruption in the public sector around the world - with Denmark, Finland and New Zealand best the least corrupt and Somalia and Venezuela being the most corrupt.


House approves resolution to keep Internet control out of UN hands

The Hill.com

Dec. 2012

The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a Senate resolution introduced by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that calls on the U.S. government to oppose United Nations control of the Internet.


The Internet and Malware in Syria

Global Voices.org

Dec. 2012

This article is about how the Syrian government uses Internet blackouts and malware to isolate and track Syrian activists.

Tiffany Echavez Pintor was born in Cebu, Philippines but grew up in South California.  After studying International Relations and Finance at Stanford and Oxford Universities, she worked in various writing and analytical roles in politics, venture capital and nonprofits.

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