The suggested method can be used for the monitoring of the government bodies’ official websites for conformity with the requirements including those set by the valid law, and considering their comprehensiveness, relevance, navigability, user-friendly format and social significance of the provided, and specific competence of the government bodies themselves.
The strengths of the method are that it is based on the valid law provisions, suggests high quality research through full scope of the official websites data as well as its universalism understood as a possibility of covering the official websites of all of the government bodies of the same level.
During the many years when the monitoring has been performed by the Institute for Information Freedom Development, the method proved to be highly effective. As e result, it is in the focus of increasing attention from both the authorities and the expert community of the filed.
Apart from being an important scientific challenge, the monitoring of the government bodies’ official websites also has an important civil value and therefore can be used for solving a more urgent task. Another significant effect of the valid legislation in part of providing access to the official information is that it is aimed at promoting accountability and responsibility of the authorities to the citizens and fighting corruption, legal nihilism and other social evils.
Transparency of the authorities should significantly decrease the possibilities of human rights violations by the officials or should eliminate it altogether, offering certain tools of public control over their actions and decisions.
Providing unrestricted free access to legal information shall help to eliminate the legal illiteracy of the population while laying the foundation for broader public participation in state government.