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Tag Archives: FOIA
Vexatious requests guidance: weakening our power to make the state speak
The long awaited guidance on vexatious requests has arrived. The guidance follows from two distinct events. The first was the Parliament’s review of FOIA during which the MoJ presented evidence that suggested council’s were limited in their ability to deal … Continue reading
Empty Archives: hollow men and the fear of accountability?
In their recent visit to the Justice Select Committee Lord O’Donnell and Lord Hennessy talked about the possibility of “empty archives”. Lord Hennessy mentioned that Cabinet minutes were not as explicit as they were in previous generation. He said that … Continue reading
Will the reform of FOIA create empty archives: The myth, the threat, or the reality?
In the recent discussions around the future of FOIA, there have been important actors missing: records management and archives. Their absence creates three problems. Two are understandable and relatively minor. The third is the most subtle and the most dangerous … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, FOIA, Government, local government, public sector, transparency Tagged foi requests, FOIA, foia requests, Freedom of Information Act, Inga-Britt Ahlenius, missing records, Records management, Swedish National Audit Office Comments Off on Will the reform of FOIA create empty archives: The myth, the threat, or the reality?
Time for a change…..of name, but the journey continues
I have blogged on this site since August 2010 under my name. I thought it was time to move to a different title reflects the content. If the blog had been about me personally, it might have remained unchanged. However, … Continue reading
Posted in education, good writing, Government, military, privacy, statesmanship, strategy Tagged Augustine, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, government, human-rights, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Politics Comments Off on Time for a change…..of name, but the journey continues
Can you measure democracy by its freedom of information? Four hypothesis in search of answers
What is the relationship between FOIA’s age and its acceptance and use? I have thought that there may be a resistance to FOIA in the UK for the following institutional and cultural reasons. If these hypotheses are true, then the … Continue reading
If we are going to charge for FOIA requests we might as well start charging for complaints.
The current post legislative review of the Freedom of Information Act which was shaped by the Government’s initial response to the review of the legislation sought written evidence on three areas. Does the Freedom of Information Act work effectively? What … Continue reading
Freedom of Information Act is the grain of sand in an oyster of records that creates pearls of transparency
An important actor has been missing from the recent discussions around the future of FOIA. The missing organisation is the National Archives. The National Archives did not give any written evidence to the post legislative scrutiny of Freedom of Information. … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, Government, public sector, transparency Tagged FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, National Archives, Records management 8 Comments
Organisational Silence can kill you! Why FOIA is priceless
The next time someone wants to scold you over the cost of an FOIA request, you need to ask him or her about Camelford. They may say: Where? What does that have to do with the time and effort it … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, Government, local government, public sector, transparency Tagged Camelford, Drinking water, FOIA, Freedom of Information 9 Comments