The Access to Information and Transparency Network (RTA) together with the World Bank has just released the English version of the Note on Online Platforms to process Access to Information (ATI) requests in 3 countries in Latin America
Over the past two decades, advances in information and communication technology (ICT) have transformed the way people access and interact with the information produced and held by governments. The development of online platforms, which enable users to file requests for information under access to public information (ATI) legislation, is one of many examples of these changes.
Despite the growing number of such platforms, there is a lack of literature that explores the main characteristics or the processes behind these platforms’ design and implementation. In this context, the documentation of experiences, and the exchange of knowledge with those who have already gone through this process, is especially valuable for governments that are embarking on this path.
The study – supported by the World Bank and the Transparency and Access to Information Network (RTA, as per the acronym in Spanish) – focuses on online platforms that have been developed in three countries from Latin America, as part of their efforts for implementing ATI legislation. This note briefly presents three experiences (Brazil, Chile, and Mexico) with the aim to buttress the efforts of other countries that are seeking to build similar online platforms.