Freedom of information

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Report

Freedom on the net 2022

This year's Freedom on the Net report finds that global internet freedom declined for the 12th consecutive year in 2022, and governments are on a campaign to divide the open internet into a patchwork of repressive enclaves.
Report

The viewpoint diversity crisis at Canadian universities: political homogeneity, self-censorship, and threats to academic freedom

The study, based on a survey of professors and members of the public, reveals that Canadian universities are political monoliths whose lack of viewpoint diversity contributes to serious problems on campus. Professors, especially the 9 percent of conservative professors whose views differ from the overwhelmingly...
Briefing paper

Delay and decay: Australia’s freedom of information crisis

Australia’s freedom of information regime continues to be undermined in practice by inordinate delay, under-resourcing and the abuse of statutory exceptions. In light of these problems, the Centre for Public Integrity outlines a number of recommendations for reform in this briefing paper.
Report

Select Committee on COVID-19: third interim report - public interest immunity claims

This interim report informs the Senate about claims of public interest immunity received by the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 in the course of its examination of the Australian government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report discusses three claims received by the committee by...
Report

Freedom in the world 2021

This report highlights that as COVID-19 spread across the world during the year, governments across the democratic spectrum repeatedly resorted to excessive surveillance, discriminatory restrictions on freedoms like movement and assembly, and arbitrary or violent enforcement of such restrictions by police and non-state actors.
Report

Select Committee on COVID-19: second interim report - public interest immunity claims

This interim report informs the Senate about claims of public interest immunity received by the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 in the course of its examination of the Australian government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report

Access denied: how Australia's freedom of information regime is failing our environment

This publication reveals that an increase in refused freedom of information (FOI) requests, more redactions, higher charges and longer delays are all plaguing Australia’s system of access to government documents.
Report

"They are always watching"

The 2014 military coup marked the beginning of five years of tenacious efforts by the Thai authorities to silence the voices of human rights defenders, activists, journalists and opposition politicians, including online. This briefing draws from 18 interviews with human rights defenders, activists, politicians, lawyers...
Report

Freedom in the world 2020

Freedom House has found that 2019 was the 14th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The gap between setbacks and gains widened compared with 2018, as individuals in 64 countries experienced deterioration in their political rights and civil liberties while those in just 37...
Report

Ending the targeted digital surveillance of those who defend our rights

Governments around the world are increasingly contracting the services of the private digital surveillance industry to develop technology for targeted digital surveillance. These tools are then misused to unlawfully target and put human rights activists under surveillance. This report outlines the impact on human rights...
Commentary

As Assange faces court over extradition attempts, the case is complex and the stakes are high

As British courts this week hear arguments for and against the Wikileaks founder's extradition to the US, the questions about journalism, the law and freedom of speech it raises are vital ones.
Report

Freedom on the net 2019

Freedom on the Net is a comprehensive study of internet freedom in 65 countries around the globe, covering 87 percent of the world’s internet users. It tracks improvements and declines in internet freedom conditions each year. The countries included in the study have been selected...
Report

Review of Australian Broadcasting Services in the Asia Pacific

The objective of this review is to assess the reach of Australia’s media in the Asia Pacific region, including examining whether shortwave radio technology should be used.
Policy report

Engineering global consent: the Chinese Communist Party’s data-driven power expansion

This report provides analysis of the global operations of Chinese company, Global Tone Communications Technology Co. Ltd (GTCOM), which is a subsidiary of an SOE supervised directly by China’s Central Propaganda Department. GTCOM is responsible for identifying 'risks to state security' - a concept that...
Report

Real lives, real stories: the power of information in Asia Pacific

Freedom of information is not only a human right, but an important tool to engage and empower citizens. It allows them to demand accountability from governments and fight corruption. This publication focuses on the people who make right to information laws come to life, and...
Report

The China challenge

The rise of China has helped make Australia rich, but it is also posing challenges to its values, interests, alliances and thus its identity. This paper argues that Australia's approach should include a shift towards a much better understanding of contemporary China, as well as...
Report

Freedom in the world 2019

In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The reversal has spanned a variety of countries in every region, from long-standing democracies like the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia. The pattern is...
Report

Dashed hopes: the criminalization of peaceful expression in Myanmar

This report argues that concerned countries should press Myanmar to protect the rights to expression and assembly, and reform laws penalizing peaceful speech, to bring them back into line with international standards.
Report

Governance innovation for a connected world

The goal of this report, and those involved in its formation, is to enhance free expression, diversity and democracy at the same time as we protect human rights and encourage innovation. The contributions from the authors included in this report offer a starting point for...
Strategy

Australia's second Open Government national action plan 2018-20

This document, the second such plan devised for the nation, outlines the Australian government's aspirations for enhancing access to information, civic participation and public accountability in the digital age.