A Complex Battle Over Openness
By Alasdair Roberts
Demands for government transparency continue to rise, and technological changes appear to make information about government more easily available than ever before. And yet we seem to be more concerned with government secrecy than ever before. Indeed, some people claim that secrecy today is the worst in decades. How can both of these stories be true?
Duty to Document
By BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
The usefulness of right-to-information laws is dependent on the idea that public bodies are actively and systematically documenting their activities and retaining these records. To make our transparency laws meaningful, we need to ensure that they incorporate a legislative duty to document.
Why a duty to document?
By the Information Commissioner of Canada