The future of FOIA in an open government world

Implications of the open government agenda for freedom of information policy and implementation

Daniel Berliner, Alex Ingrams, Suzanne Piotrowski

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Abstract

July 4, 2016 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the 1966 Freedom of Information Act of the United States. Freedom of Information (FOI) has become a vital element of the American political process, become recognized as a core value of democracy, and helped to inspire similar laws and movements around the world. FOI has always faced myriad challenges, including resistance, evasion, and poor implementation and enforcement. Yet the last decade has brought a change of a very different form to the evolution of FOI policy—the emergence of another approach to transparency that is in some ways similar to FOI, and in other ways distinct: open government. The open government agenda, driven by technological developments and motivated by a broader conception of transparency, today rivals, or by some measures, even eclipses FOI in terms of political attention and momentum. What have been the consequences of these trends? How does the advent of new technologies and new agendas shape the transparency landscape?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-894
Number of pages28
JournalVillanova Law Review
Volume63
Issue numberDecember
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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In: Villanova Law Review, Vol. 63, No. December, 2018, p. 867-894.

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