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Brazil’s opaque World Cup preparations roil protesters

Brazil’s opaque World Cup preparations roil protesters

Right at the heart of Brazil's 2013 mass protests was a feeling of alienation and exclusion from the decision making process for the preparations of the 2014 World Cup. Jack Gilbert reports

Fine words on open government don’t match actions

Fine words on open government don’t match actions

From America to Azerbaijan, leaders have pledged themselves to a new era of openness and transparency. So why are whistleblowers and journalists still punished, asks Mike Harris

UK arrest guidelines are a shift towards secrecy

UK arrest guidelines are a shift towards secrecy

Justice is better served by openness and transparency, writes Padraig Reidy

Global view

Global view

Index CEO Kirsty Hughes looks at the current climate for free speech around the world, from press regulation in the UK to ongoing challenges to digital freedom

Free speech takes a beating in Greece

Free speech takes a beating in Greece

Christos Syllas looks at the threats to journalists and activists in crisis-stricken Greece, where a climate of terror prevails

New Microsoft report: a step towards transparency

Brian Pellot: New Microsoft report is a step towards transparency

On the ground: Sao Paulo

On the ground: Sao Paulo

Free speech is enshrined in the constitution. But in reality, those with power and influence can stifle critical debate and reporting. It’s time to overhaul the system, says Rafael Spuldar

Google report says government surveillance is on the rise

Google report says government surveillance is on the rise

Google’s new transparency report reveals government requests for user data and takedowns are on the increase Today the search giant updated its bi-annual report with requests from January to June 2012. In a blog accompanying the report a Google analyst said: This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend

Tighter privacy laws would only serve the rich and powerful

Tighter privacy laws would only serve the rich and powerful

The report by MPs on privacy talks of the importance of free expression, but the measures it proposes fly in the face of that aim, says Index's John Kampfner

Drug study secrecy puts lives at risk

Drug study secrecy puts lives at risk

Studies to test the safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices are too often never made public, putting lives at risk. Deborah Cohen reports

Google: a case for internet regulation?

Google: a case for internet regulation?

Myriam Francois-Cerrah looks at the search giant's latest figures on government take down demands

Assessing Obama’s record on transparency

Assessing Obama’s record on transparency

Emily Badger speaks to Geoffrey R Stone on what could be the US's single most important civil liberties issue in the age of the War on Terror

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