Best Practices in Government Information: A Global by Lynden, Irina

By Lynden, Irina

A unprecedented chance to find overseas developments and advancements in entry to executive info is gifted to you in chosen papers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the center East , Oceania and Russia. initially provided at seminars and open classes of the IFLA executive info and guides part (GIOPS) during the last 5 years, the papers were completely reviewed and up-to-date by way of their authors. As this quantity illustrates, delivering entry to govt details in no matter what shape provides huge, immense demanding situations. matters diversity from easy to classy: public entry, together with censorship; laws, amenities for the person, together with education; and the chances for enhancement of online details, via maps, information, video clips, and sound. Underlying all is entry and use of presidency records to extend political literacy. The editors hugely suggest this ebook to practitioners of presidency rfile administration, to Reference and Public carrier employees, to library educators and to the data literate in all walks of existence.

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National Freedom of Information Laws www. htm (Accessed 10/12/2005) 46 The Right to Access Government Information, Democracy & Development 8. org (Accessed 10/12/2005) 9. Freedom of Information Advocates Net (2005). net/documents (Accessed 15/12/2005) 10. International Monetary Fund, IMF (2005) Highly Indebted Poor Countries. asp (Accessed 14/12/2005) 11. org (Accessed on 08/11/2005) 12. Malan, F. and Smit, B. ) (2001) Ethics and Leaders in Business and Politics. Cape Town: Juta 13. McMaster, Paul (2005) Denial of Access shushes the democratic dialogue.

In a democracy, it also obligates government officials to provide information when required or demanded by the citizens. Since citizens cannot supervise government officials on a day-to-day basis, they have mandated various government agencies with oversight authority, thereby giving these agencies legitimate powers to demand answerability from the office bearers. Other than government agencies, the civil society organizations and the mass media also serve as agents for holding public officers accountable.

Finally are found the recommendations on how governments can create an enabling environment for the freedom of access to information. The opportunity to develop one’s potential, and the realization of an individual’s personality, political, social, and economic capabilities are all shaped and dependent on the information that is availed to the individual and the society at large. Unless the citizens have access to government information, they cannot realize their potential nor meaningfully participate in their governance.

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