A survey of 20,000 millennials from 181 countries has found that corruption and a lack of transparency are their countries' "most serious issues" and the top factors contributing to inequality. The World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Annual Survey reports that corruption and lack of transparency beat out unemployment, lack of education, and poverty as the most challenging national issue.
Source: World Economic Forum
The Philippines, a holdout among states lacking a freedom of information act, looked ready to join the open government movement with an order by new President Rodrigo Duterte mandating a FOIA. But Duterte's office has now submitted no less than 166 exemptions to its new order. Among the exemptions: records from "decision-making or policy formulation" and release of officials' asset holdings -- a main driver of the campaign for a FOI law.
The International Reporting Project is offering new fellowships focused on women’s rights and LGBTI rights. The fellowships are intended to provide in-depth coverage of important, under-covered international issues such as discrimination and violence; migration and human trafficking; reproductive, sexual and maternal health; and effects of conflict upon marginalized communities. Special consideration will go to applicants from and projects in Central America, Francophone West Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.
WikiLeaks, once an inspiring, tech-driven effort at transparency, now seems "driven by personal grudge and reckless releases of information," according to this critique by Backchannel's Sandra Upson. The group's rigid "claim to radical transparency" endangers "potentially millions of private individuals caught up in the leaks" while its uncurated files are rife with dangerous malware .
Amazon is planning a movie based on the life of Ida Tarbell, the pioneering muckraker who took on the abusive practices of the Rockefellers and the oil industry a century ago. The film will focus on Tarbell’s groundbreaking 19-part series, The History of the Standard Oil Company.
The online Daily Beast is under heavy criticism for a piece using undercover tactics to "out" gay Olympic athletes. The story fails the test for use of undercover reporting, such as over-riding public interest and exhausting other ways to tell a story first. Worse, it outs athletes in repressive countries, which could have serious consequences. Daily Beast has withdrawn the story.