freedom of information


freedom of information

The right to freedom of information refers primarily to information held by the state. Freedom of information legislation establishes a legal process by which requests may be made for government-held information, with a few narrowly defined exceptions (e.g. health or public safety). In many countries there are constitutional guarantees for the right of access to information, but these are ineffective without specific support legislation. APC believes that national and local governments, and publicly funded international organisations, must ensure transparency and accountability by placing publicly relevant information that they produce and manage in the public domain, in compatible, affordable, open and accessible formats.

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Source: Wikipedia, APC Internet Rights Charter, and GenderIT.org glossary. See also access to information in this glossary.

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