THE FRIEDRICH NAUMANN FOUNDATION FOR FREEDOM (FNF) — a German liberal foundation that works for good governance — has short-listed the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism’s data journalism project website MoneyPolitics Online as one of the nine finalists of its Freedom Project 2013.
The Freedom Project 2013 is designed to recognize online initiatives that seek to “promote, safeguard, and maximize the benefits of freedom.”
“It seeks to translate freedom from a mere concept to actual programs that influence how individuals perceive themselves in relation to their role in society. The Freedom Project fosters appreciation of freedom as it relates it to issues that affect people and communities, and to solutions where one can be part of,” FNF’s website reads in part.
This project is part of FNF’s advocacy in “supporting anti-corruption projects and influencing organizations and individuals to shun away from, and citizens to be vigilant about corrupt practices.A jury will select one winner, but FNF will also be awarding a “people’s choice” which will be determined through online voting. Freedom of information advocates and civil society organizations have until September 9, 2013 to cast their votes online. After voting online, voters will get an email, so they can confirm their votes.
The PCIJ’s MoneyPolitics website is a citizen’s resource, research, and analysis tool on elections, public funds, and governance in the Philippines. It is a data journalism project of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism that aims to promote transparency and accountability in government, and the citizen’s right to know and to participate in governance. MoneyPolitics features a steady harvest of new public documents and more datasets.
The other “Freedom Project” finalists are: Applied Social Accountability at the Community Level (ASA-CL); Bantay.ph; Budget Tracking for Transparent Accountable Governance in Mindanao (BTTAG); Diskarte; I love Quirino Project; Intensive Seminar on Case Analysis and Legal Draftsmanship (I-SCALD); Naga Business Licensing Program (NCLP); and Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program.
Those interested in casting their vote may visit the site here. Those who want to cast their vote for the PCIJ’s MoneyPolitics Online website may cast their votes here. Please note that you may only vote once.