South Africa has seen a fair number of whistleblowers raising the alarm on irregularities and corruption – the most recent was murdered.
The militarisation of the Zimbabwean government raises serious questions about who really wields political power - President Emmerson Mnangagwa or army leaders.
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The extent of democracy capture varies markedly between countries. It’s much higher in states such as Zimbabwe, where the government has never changed hands.
In an open democracy, there is no rationale for withholding information about National Cabinet’s decisions or any documents these decisions are based on.
Nigeria has a new law to regulate its oil industry
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Nigeria’s new petroleum law will make its petroleum industry as competitive and attractive to investors as its peers.
Government agencies are increasingly using facial recognition technology, including through security cameras like this one being installed on the Lincoln Memorial in 2019.
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Politicians of all stripes, computer professionals and even big-tech executives are calling on government to hit the brakes on using these algorithms. The feds are hitting the gas.
Expensive, opaque and in duplicate. Why company contracts to help the COVID vaccine rollout are such a concern.
South Africa’s Pretoria News didn’t dress itself in glory with its false decuplets story. This picture was taken following Nelson Mandela’s death in 2013.
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Tighter controls are not the answer; the opportunity should be used to think differently about trust and journalism. It is critical to enable audiences to distinguish reliable, verified information.
Demonstrators gather June 25, 2021, on University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., to demand that the university offer tenure to award-winning investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.
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University trustees are among the least-studied groups in higher education. Increasingly, they’re making news – as the focus of a crisis. That raises the question: To whom are they accountable?
A rural homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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The judgment highlights the lack of interest by successive government ministers in curtailing the self-interested actions of rural elites.
Federal funding for human rights has declined, while funding for environmental issues has increased only incrementally since 2000.
More than most other countries, the non-profit sector in Canada relies on government funding. Yet there is a shocking lack of transparency.
The Canadian government’s employment of AI technology needs to be transparent.
A responsible approach to the use of artificial intelligence by government requires transparency. The Canadian government’s use of AI in making immigration decisions warrants further investigation.
Monterey Mushrooms, an agricultural employer in California, teamed up with its union and the local county to get its workers vaccinated.
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Surveys suggest people trust companies more than government and the media, showing they have an important role in helping end the pandemic.
A good political donation disclosure system would close the loopholes that allow major donors to hide, while protecting the privacy of small donors.
Migrant fishermen from Myanmar on a Thai fishing boat unloading fish at a jetty in Samut Sakhon province.
When illegal fishing is misrepresented, it leads to poor investments and misguided policies that don’t help the actual problem.
A glasswing butterfly’s see-through wings help predators see right through them.
Transparency is an evolved characteristic of some species to help them survive, even when predators are staring directly at them.
Samples from volunteers are handled in the laboratory at Imperial College in London, on July 30, 2020. Imperial College is working on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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With lives depending on a vaccine, trust in Canada’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force is crucial. Members of the task force need to make any industry links or potential conflicts of interest publicly clear.
WE Charity’s Marc Kielburger, left, and Craig Kielburger, right, appear as witnesses via videoconference at a House of Commons finance committee hearing in Ottawa in July 2020.
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On paper, WE Charity could have been the best partner to implement the federal government’s student grant program. But the failure to be transparent eroded the public’s trust and led to its demise.
Without transparency, algorithms will erode trust in government decision making.
Parents and the public are in the dark about how Alberta developed its back-to-school plan.
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Vague references don’t cut it. The public deserves to know exactly how Alberta is relying on science, realism and high-quality problem-solving in its back to school plans during COVID-19.
Masks: Where health care and fashion collide.
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A transparency index could fix issues in the current medical supply chain in the US.