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Open Government in Latin America

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Latin American governments have embarked upon substantial open government reforms in recent years. Working with the Open Government Partnership (OGP), progress has been made. The OECD - as an official multilateral partner organisation of the OGP - has conducted a regional stocktaking exercise of open government strategies and practices. Its main findings are reflected in this report, allowing Latin American countries to compare and benchmark against good international practice.

 

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Access to public information in Latin America

This chapter analyses legal, institutional and policy frameworks for access to public information in Latin America. After introducing key concepts such as Public Sector Information (PSI), open data and big data, the chapter presents the results of the OECD Regional Survey on Open Government in Latin America looking at the institutions responsible for disclosing information, exemptions limiting access to information as well as the functions and benefits of centralised, sectoral and ministry information portals in eleven Latin American countries. The chapter emphasises that “freedom of information” laws are widespread in Latin America. However, it also underlines that these laws often lack effective implementation.

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