In January, I wrote a post about user-friendly websites of governments, as Barack Obama. During the Digital Tools for Investigative Journalism course, by Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at University of Texas at Austin, I found out a very important study about governments’ websites as tools for social control and investigative journalism (click here).
This research was leaded by the Argentinian journalist Sandra Crucianelli – teacher in this online course. It analyzed 160 websites of four Central America’s countries – Panamá, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua – to check how transparent they are, if the information published there is what a journalist and a citizen expect to find, if they are unveling the government’s acts properly. Even it doesn’t analyze my country, it’s a very interesting reading to learn which resources can make a trustworthy website in this case.
To conclude the work, it lists 11 recommendations, and the first suggested action is spread the knowledge about new technologies as tools for a better access to information.