.@ukhomeoffice: Stop the extradition of Richard O'Dwyer to the USA #SaveRichard
Magistrates say they should be able to use new online crime maps to give tougher sentences for offenders who are blighting a neighbourhood.
Freedom of information laws - sometimes called access to information laws - are increasingly recognized as an important mechanism to empower citizens to keep a watchful eye over the actions of their government. Over the past decade more than 70 countries have passed access to information laws and another 50 or so are discussing and proposing such legislation. The laws create processes which permit citizens to request public information, such as how the government spent taxpayer money on the construction of a community hospital, or on the inauguration festivities for a newly elected official. But not all laws are designed or implemented alike. In some countries laws exist on paper, but government employees have not been trained as to how to release information to the public. In other countries employees have been trained, but there are no oversight agencies to enforce citizens' requests if government agencies simply ignore them. It is important to define the best rules and implementation practices so that they can be adopted by other groups