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ICFJ Knight roundup: Creating more transparency in the Latin American legal system

ICFJ Knight roundup: Creating more transparency in the Latin American legal system

Alyssa Mesich | May 29, 2015

Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field. Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

Using data to improve transparency in law in Argentina, look out for ICFJ Knight Fellows at the third International Open Data Conference and more in this week’s roundup.

Creating more transparency in Argentina's legal system

Miguel Paz, recent ICFJ Knight Fellow, worked alongside Chequeado to launch Justiciapedia, based on his Poderopedia platform. Justiciapedia is an Argentine site aimed at shining a light on the links between judges, prosecutors and lawyers. Read more here.

International Open Data Conference in Ottawa

ICFJ Knight Fellows are well represented at the third International Open Data Conference, May 28-29 in Ottawa, Canada. Juan Manuel Casanueva is on a Data + Media and Culture panel. Justin Arenstein is on a Mapping the Opportunities and Challenges of Civic Tech Communities panel. Friedrich Lindenberg is creating buzz online about the common fallacies of data standardization projects with a response from Tim Davies about the importance of discussing interoperability and information quality when it comes to standardization.

How does Cape Town spend its money?

The Cape Town Budget Project, a collaborative website by Code for South Africa (which was launched with support from Justin Arenstein’s African News Innovation Challenge) and activist group Ndifuna Ukwazi, created an easily accessible way for citizens to know and understand where their money is being spent.

Webinar next week on successful digital media endeavors

Mariano Blejman, ICFJ Knight Fellow, is hosting an hour-long webinar for journalists supported by the Dow Jones Foundation that will share successful examples of digital media endeavors and discuss the differences between the media in Latin America and the United States. The discussion will be held in Spanish and begin at 1 p.m. EDT / 2 p.m. ART on June 4, 2015. The webinar will be hosted through Google+ Hangout here.

Entrepreneurs interested in applying to the digital news media accelerator Media Factory can also gain insight from Blejman on how to complete a successful application. Media Factory invests US$75,000 in each company and works with the founders to improve content distribution, audience engagement and find revenue streams. The next program will start in September 2015, and applications are due Aug. 2, 2015.

What else the fellows have been up to

Main image CC-licensed on Flickr via Jesse Michael Nix.

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