Cover of: Blacked Out | Alasdair Roberts

Blacked Out

Government Secrecy in the Information Age

Published by Cambridge University Press .
Written in English.

About the Book

Nearly forty years ago the U.S. Congress passed the landmark Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) giving the public the right to government documents. This 'right to know' has been used over the past decades to challenge overreaching Presidents and secretive governments agencies. The example of transparency in government has served as an example to nations around the world spawning similar statues in fifty-nine countries. This book examines the evolution of the move toward openness in government. It looks at how technology has aided the disclosure and dissemination of information. The author tackles the question of whether the drive for transparency has stemmed the desire for government secrecy and discusses how many governments ignore or frustrate the legal requirements for the release of key documents. iBlackoutsi is an important contribution during a time where profound changes in the structure of government are changing access to government documents.

About the Edition

Nearly forty years ago the U.S. Congress passed the landmark Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) giving the public the right to government documents. This 'right to know' has been used over the past decades to challenge overreaching Presidents and secretive governments agencies. The example of transparency in government has served as an example to nations around the world spawning similar statues in fifty-nine countries. This book examines the evolution of the move toward openness in government. It looks at how technology has aided the disclosure and dissemination of information. The author tackles the question of whether the drive for transparency has stemmed the desire for government secrecy and discusses how many governments ignore or frustrate the legal requirements for the release of key documents. iBlackoutsi is an important contribution during a time where profound changes in the structure of government are changing access to government documents.

First Sentence

The village of Kelwara sits in the arid folds of the Aravalli mountains in the southern part of the Indian state of Rajasthan.

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Number of pages
334
Dimensions
9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
Weight
1.3 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7767025M
ISBN 10
0521858704
ISBN 13
9780521858700
Library Thing
684952
Goodreads
330830

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