Can online freedom of information tools like Alaveteli help citizens to exert power over under-performing institutions?

A session at mySociety Meetup: Freedom of Information Night

Wednesday 3rd September, 2014

8:00pm to 8:30pm (GMT)

Earlier this year mySociety instigated a research project to look at the place that Alaveteli (mySociety’s open source freedom of information filer) and other FOI online technologies might have in creating cultures of transparency and accountability.

We want to address this top level question: “In what circumstances, if any, can tools like Alaveteli be shown to have measurable impacts on the ability of citizens to exert power over underperforming institutions?”

To address this, researchers Savita Bailur and Tom Longley have focused on three areas: a literature review to see what research is already out there, in-depth interviews with people who have installed FOI technologies in many different countries, and the compilation of a list of critical success factors. You can read more about them, and their approach in their introduction on the Alaveteli blog: http://alaveteli.org/2014/07/03/...

Savita and Tom are more than halfway through their research, and we're delighted that they'll present their preliminary findings at this meet-up.

About the speakers

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Savita Bailur

Working in transparency, accountability and ICTs; community radio and ICTD generally. Previous academic (LSE & Manchester) bio from Twitter

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Tom Longley

That's right. bio from Twitter

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Time 8:00pm8:30pm GMT

Date Wed 3rd September 2014

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