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sexta-feira, março 24, 2006

PROVEDORIAS LÁ DE FORA

Se fôr ao site da ONO encontra um texto de Kate Parry publicado no The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Aí pode ver que fechar a informação a sete chaves não é um exclusivo da nossa administração.

Don't lose sight of the value of access

"It is certainly not the case that every secret hides a crook or a fool. But it is true that incompetence and corruption will always seek to cloak themselves in secrecy." - Thomas Ellington, political science professor at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga.

In an apparent effort to strengthen privacy protection, proposals by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and Attorney General Mike Hatch (D) could significantly limit the ability of the public and press to see how government is functioning. Both proposals would restrict access to data, thus dramatically limiting government openness. Reporters regularly use public data to scrutinize public officials, and restrictions on such data could make it harder or even impossible to unearth information otherwise unavailable.

We all have a stake in keeping our government -- the one we elect and pay for with our taxes -- open to scrutiny. (...)