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OREALC/UNESCO Santiago supports the Second International Seminar on the Transparency Law of Chile

OREALC/UNESCO Santiago supports the Second International Seminar on the Transparency Law of Chile
  • © UNESCO/ Stefanie Block
  • Carolina Fuentes, journalist for CNN Chile; Anthony Fargo, teacher at the Indiana University, USA; Pedro Ramírez, journalist from Ciper Chile; Andrés Sherman, journalist and teacher at the Universidad Diego Portales, and Mariana Merino, Chief of the Communications Units, Transparency Council.

To commemorate the second anniversary of the implementation of the Chilean Transparency and Access to Public Information Law, and to generate a space for open and participative reflection on the projections and impact of its application in Chile, the Second International Seminar on the Transparency Law as held on 20 and 21 April. The event also hoped to allow the sharing of experience and best practice.

The meeting, named “Transparency as modernization of the State; experiences, stakeholders, and results”, was organized by the national Council for Transparency with the support of numerous organizations, including the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago).

The panels and workshops held over the two days were centred on the analysis of the wide ranging transformations that have occurred since April 2009. Particularly, they focused on the procedures done by groups responsible for complying with the requirements set forth by Law 20285, and the necessary changes in the practices of other society stakeholders.

Other issues considered included: how to measure and assess the impacts of transparency on society; technology platforms that allow a better access to information; challenges in the protection of personal data as the flipside to transparency, and file management as a tool for the enforceability of the right to information access. The meeting also included workshop sessions, such as “Journalism and the Right Public Information Access”.

The Seminar took place at the extension centre of the Universidad Católica (Alameda 390, Santiago).

More information:
Seminar website

  • 21-04-2011