Magazine article Americas Quarterly

Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente

Magazine article Americas Quarterly

Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente

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Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente (Smart Citizen Foundation) was founded in 2009-a time when Chile's new Law on Transparency and Access to Public Information had just come into force. Yet few Chileans were taking advantage of the law, which requires government agencies to reply to individual information requests and disclose operational costs, budgets and other information online. One reason was the complexity of submitting requests, which obliged citizens to wade through different requirements at different government agencies.

The NGO decided that something needed to be done to promote greater transparency, accountability and civic engagement. One of its first initiatives, Acceso Inteligente (Intelligent Access), enabled users to make anonymous requests to multiple government entities through a single website, and published the results online.

In less than five years, users submitted more than 5,000 requests for information through Acceso Inteligente. Its success led the Chilean government to launch its own online transparency portal in 2013, and Acceso Inteligente was taken offline soon after. That's exactly the kind of result Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente hopes for. "We help democratic institutions evolve through these tools and find maturity," says Executive Director Pablo Collada.

Since 2009, the NGO has designed and developed more than a dozen user-friendly, online initiatives to encourage public participation in politics. Lately, it has been focusing on campaign financing and political corruption through its ¿Quién te financia? …

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