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Regional researchers from the Technology for Transparency Network join Global Voices Authors in facilitating conversations about transparency, accountability, and civic engagement.

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Stories from Technology for Transparency Network from May, 2010

27 May 2010

[Report] Technology for Transparency

This report is the culmination of four months of research examining the objectives, challenges, successes, and effects of online technology projects that aim to promote transparency, political accountability, and civic...

22 May 2010

Technology for Transparency Review, Part VI

This post concludes the first phase of our research into the role of technology in the transparency and accountability movement by offering conclusions and recommendations related to projects of crime...

20 May 2010

Technology for Transparency Review, Part V

Representative democracy, while necessary, takes citizens away from the decision making process. While traditional media tend to focus on individuals more than issues, a new generation of websites are combining...

18 May 2010

Technology for Transparency Review, Part IV

While San Francisco's residents may be eager to send their local government a photograph of a pothole via Twitter, the same program might not be as effective in other communities...

17 May 2010

Technology for Transparency Review, Part III

New tools like Many Eyes and Ushahidi allow regular citizens to take part in election and budget monitoring. But our review of such initiatives so far reveal that much is...

15 May 2010

The Aid Transparency Movement

The momentum of the aid transparency movement is palpable, but without greater coordination and aggregation, so much transparency will lead to more confusion than clarity. Raw data must be presented...

5 May 2010

Technology for Transparency in China

Some recent online projects promoting greater civic engagement and government accountability reflect the emerging power of the middle class and the democratic influence from outside of China. However, while the...

Technology for Transparency, Civic Engagement and Accountability in Latin America

Latin America has a long history of corruption, organized crime, and impunity. However, the region also has a mature civil society and dozens of technology projects that are poised to...

4 May 2010

Brazil: Internet use for accountability, transparency and civic engagement: What is civil society doing?

Brazil's Technology for Transparency movement is young - all four case studies we reviewed were launched in the past year. Cultural, technical, and financing obstacles abound, but a soon-to-be-implemented Freedom...

3 May 2010

Technology for Transparency: The South Asian Story

Democracy is still relatively young in South Asia, and not always stable. While politicians in the region are eager to integrate technology into their policy platforms, they are less enthusiastic...

2 May 2010

Tech for Transparency in Sub-Saharan Africa

Transparency and accountability efforts are supported by a growing tech community in sub-Saharan Africa, though a widespread lack of access to information and communications technology (ICT) and a consequent lack...

1 May 2010

Transparency Projects in Central and Eastern Europe

There are a number of innovative projects in Central and Eastern Europe that use technology to promote transparency and hold leaders accountable, but a lack of political will has resisted...

Sub-Saharan Africa: Catching Up with Online Transparency Projects

The rise of multiparty democracy in Africa has led citizens and civil society to demand more transparency and accountability from their governments. New technologies can buoy their efforts, but such...

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