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Blacked Out
By Alasdair Roberts

Blacked Out

Government Secrecy in the Information Age

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Blacked Out by Alasdair Roberts

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  • Winner of IPSA Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize 2077.

Book Description

Nearly forty years ago the US 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 government agencies. The example of transparency in government has served as an example to nations around the world spawning similar statutes in fifty-nine countries. This 2006 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. Blacked Out is an important contribution during a time where profound changes in the structure of government are changing access to government documents.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521858700
ISBN-10: 0521858704
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts is the Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow of the Department of Political Science, University College London. He received his law degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. His research focuses on two areas: public sector restructuring and open government.

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