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Tag Archives: Freedom of Information Act
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?
In defence of frivolous requests: FOIA and political accountability.
The FOIA is under post legislative scrutiny by the justice select committee. The written and oral evidence provided showed a concerned for frivolous or time wasting requests. I write here to defend one of these requests and show that they … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, Government, local government, public sector, transparency Tagged Catholic Church, Freedom of Information Act, Freedom of information legislation, government, human-rights, Justice Select Committee Comments Off on In defence of frivolous requests: FOIA and political accountability.
Freedom of Information’s dirty little secret: it works.
What a casual observer of the debate over FOIA’s future will miss is that it works in practice and theory. At a basic level, this is an obvious point. The legislation is supposed to work as designed by Parliament. After … Continue reading
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Can the uk have a transparent and accountable government if civil society is weak?
The United Kingdom relies upon three connected parts to support a transparent government. The first part is the permanent infrastructure of civil servants. The second part is having the opportunities to publish and share information. The third part is the … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, FOIA, Government, transparency Tagged Campaign for Freedom of Information, Freedom of Information Act, information act requests, Official Secrets Act, Politics Comments Off on Can the uk have a transparent and accountable government if civil society is weak?
How the Information Tribunal has eroded our rights (IPCC v IC) and why Bull Connor is smiling in his grave.
One may wonder what Bull Connor, the epitome of the racist resistance to the American civil rights movement, has to do with an Information Tribunal ruling. What the ruling represents is a clear echo of the ideology and approach to … Continue reading
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