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The Technology of Corporate Accountability
August 24, 2011 – 8:08 pm | No Comment
The Technology of Corporate Accountability

Last week a Chilean commission of environment, health, economy, mining and agriculture ministers voted to approve a massive coal mining project on Riesco Island in the far south of the country. Supporters of the project, …

Mexico’s Open Data Movement
August 15, 2011 – 9:39 pm | No Comment
Mexico’s Open Data Movement

Though still in its early days, the data journalism movement is taking hold in Mexico with the rise of two distinct but overlapping communities, Hacks/Hackers and OpenData.mx.
The global Hacks/Hackers network began in late 2009 in …

A Mint.com for Government: The Future of Budget Monitoring
July 27, 2011 – 7:57 pm | No Comment
A Mint.com for Government: The Future of Budget Monitoring

Once a week I receive a mildly depressing email from Mint.com. Last week was fairly typical: I spent $60 on beer and alcohol when I only budgeted for $10, I paid $8 in banking fees …

New Ideas for Transparency & Technology in Latin America
May 14, 2011 – 4:54 pm | One Comment
New Ideas for Transparency & Technology in Latin America

For the past four months Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente — in collaboration with Información Cívica and Silvana Fumega, a consultant for the World Bank Institute — has been organizing a series of video-conferences with transparency NGOs …

Interview with Fundación Directorio Legislativo: Can Tech Bring Citizens to Congress?
April 22, 2011 – 7:05 pm | No Comment
Interview with Fundación Directorio Legislativo: Can Tech Bring Citizens to Congress?

In our last post, “A Critique of Legislative Monitoring Websites,” we looked at the #InternetNecesario campaign in Mexico as a model to increase civic participation in legislative debates. A review of the campaign reveals the …

A Critique of Legislative Monitoring Websites
March 30, 2011 – 6:02 am | No Comment
A Critique of Legislative Monitoring Websites

What legislative monitoring can learn from #InternetNecesario
In October 2009 Alejandro Pisanty of the Internet Society of Mexico caught wind that the Chamber of Deputies (one of Mexico’s two legislative bodies) would soon vote on a …

A Critique of Legislative Monitoring Websites
March 30, 2011 – 6:00 am | No Comment
A Critique of Legislative Monitoring Websites

What legislative monitoring can learn from #InternetNecesario
In October 2009 Alejandro Pisanty of the Internet Society of Mexico caught wind that the Chamber of Deputies (one of Mexico’s two legislative bodies) would soon vote on a …

Interview with Impacto Legislativo: Measuring Mexico’s Congress
March 27, 2011 – 8:38 pm | One Comment
Interview with Impacto Legislativo: Measuring Mexico’s Congress

Along with Silvana Fumega in Argentina and the Smart Citizen Foundation in Chile, Información Cívica is helping coordinate a series of video-conference calls that bring together legislative monitoring groups and civic hackers to discuss the …

Latin America’s Open Data Movement
March 18, 2011 – 11:50 pm | No Comment
Latin America’s Open Data Movement

Editor’s Note: The following post was written by Juan Arellano and posted on his personal blog, Globalizado. It looks at a single project do demonstrate how public information can be used by so-called “civic hackers” …

Just What is Civic Information?
February 27, 2011 – 7:36 pm | No Comment
Just What is Civic Information?

All next week we will publish a series of posts that collectively aims to offer a guide for NGOs and funders to measure and evaluate the progress of their online influence. But first, let’s review …