GONG executive director Oriana Ivković Novokmet said the conference would include three panel discussions, one of which would focus on the coronavirus infection and disinformation during the pandemic.
Experts from the universities of Rijeka, Osijek and Dubrovnik will be discussing how false coronavirus information is spread and who the most influential disinformers are.
The second panel, entitled “Data only for the rich,” deals with the availability of spatial data, environmental data and data on public companies.
Ivković Novokmet said the latest amendments to the Right to Access Information Act, seeking to align the law with the EU Open Data Directive, was a step backward in terms of access to information standards because data on public spending would require the proportionality and public interest tests in a whole set of cases. GONG also considers as disputable the fact that public companies that make their income on the market, like FINA or Zagreb Holding, would be able to charge for the use of their data.
The third panel, entitled “Who is paying you,” deals with the financing of civil sector organisations, Ivković Novokmet said, recalling a “defamation campaign” against civil society organisations during the 2021 local elections.
The event will also include workshops, as well as a discussion on Croatian, Hungarian and Russian officials’ real estate in Croatia and the financing of media by the state and local budgets.
Lana Podgoršek of the Code for Croatia civic hackers’ group said the conference would provide an opportunity for citizens to ask about anything regarding open data, public procurement transparency, civic hacking and the group’s community projects.
Code for Croatia is an initiative that brings together activists and programmers and everyone else interested in open data and socially useful community projects.
Podgoršek also presented the group’s new project, called “Fix it,” a portal where citizens can report any damage to public infrastructure.
The “Open data against infodemic” conference can be followed on GONG and Code for Croatia’s YouTube channels and on GONG’s Facebook account.
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