Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Right to know events promote awareness of important rights
It's Right to Know Day in Queensland with Dr Nicholas Gruen delivering the Solomon Lecture last night on "Government in the age of Web 2.0: Connect, Engage, Innovate" and leading a panel discussion this morning. But the day/week is passing without moment elsewhere around the country in contrast to many other countries where events and gatherings this week highlight the importance of access to government information and promote awareness of information rights. Canada shows what can be done with a co-ordinated effort for Right to Know week, with bodies such as Newspapers Canada timing the release of the sixth annual National Freedom of Information Audit which tests the openness of governments across the country. We are missing in action on these fronts. Any Aussie takers?